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The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC (Lowitja Institute CRC) commenced operations on 1 July 2014, following in the footsteps of its predecessor organisations: the CRC for Aboriginal and Tropical Health (1996–2003), the CRC for Aboriginal Health (2003–2009), and the CRC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (2010–2014). The Australian Government funded Lowitja Institute CRC activities to 30 June 2019 through its CRC Programme, with funds and in-kind support provided by our Participants. While operations ceased on 30 June, a number of activities, including the preparation of our annual report, are ongoing until 31 October 2019.
The Lowitja Institute CRC was hosted by the Lowitja Institute, which is ongoing, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, led by a Board chaired by Ms Pat Anderson AO and operating from its head offices in Melbourne. Ms Janine Mohamed is the Chief Executive Officer.
The Lowitja Institute CRC brought together the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, government health agencies and research institutions to ensure that research conducted into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is controlled by and benefits Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
It developed three research programs that promoted high-quality research through partnerships with key stakeholders in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, government agencies and research institutions. It also conducted roundtables and workshops to identify the specific areas of research for the three programs.
Through its work, the Lowitja Institute CRC aimed to:
To guide this effort the Lowitja Institute has identified five key principles that underpin our approach to research. These are: