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Members Community

Lowitja Institute Members Community

As Australia's only national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health research organisation, we place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and cultural understanding at the heart of our research process and outcomes. 

We are creating a vibrant and engaged members community and are seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations to join us as we continue to work towards realising Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue’s vision. We also welcome non-Indigenous individuals and organisations who are aligned with our vision and values to connect with us and join this diverse network.

Building on the strength and agency of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, we offer connection, support and development opportunities to enhance the capability of our health research workforce.

A nation is only as strong as the health of its people and we all have a role to play. However, better outcomes can only be achieved when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a strong and leading voice in research. The contributions from our Members Community is integral to creating research outcomes that centralise and amplify the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

We are on a journey, one that is informed by our long history of caring for our country, for our cultures and our peoples. 

Will you come on this journey with us?

For more information about our membership categories and their benefits, please see the options below or contact our support team at members@lowitja.org.au. To apply, please complete one of the two available application forms below. The process will take around 10 minutes to complete.


Apply for a Membership via the forms below:

Individual Application Form 

Organisational Application Form

Members Community options+

The following are eligible to apply to be Members of the Lowitja Institute:

*Full Member Organisations: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations committed to the purpose and values of the Lowitja Institute, with voting rights.  Our Constitution defines Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Organisation as an incorporated organisation:

(a) which has at least 51% of its members being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;

(b) which has at least 51% of its governing board being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;

(c) whose principal purpose and activities are related specifically to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

*Associate Member Organisations: Organisations committed to the purpose and values of the Lowitja Institute, no voting rights.

*Lowitja Institute Alumni Members: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lowitja Institute Scholarship recipients and/or Chief Investigators and/or team members of research funded by a Lowitja Institute grant, no voting rights.

*Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Individual members: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and/or individuals committed to the purpose and values of the Lowitja Institute who don’t meet the criteria of Alumni Membership, no voting rights.

The following individuals are eligible to apply to be Friends of Lowitja Institute (no voting rights):

Non-Indigenous Individuals: Non-Indigenous researchers and/or individuals committed to the purpose and values of the Lowitja Institute

* Member applications require Board approval. The Board meets quarterly and therefore delays in notification may occur. Information on the governance of the  Lowitja Institute  and our Constitution can be found here.
 

Membership benefits+
Benefits Organisations Individuals
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation members Non-Indigenous organisation members
 
Lowitja Alumni members                         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individual members  Friends of Lowitja Institute
 
Be part of our Members Community Network – connect, collaborate, share and learn
Be invited by Lowitja Institute and our networks to participate and contribute to our work
Invitations to participate in Communities of Practice
 
Access additional Lowitja Institute resources, tools and training      
Invitations to Lowitja Institute member only events, webinars and other networking and professional development opportunities 
Priority notifications of research opportunities in your relevant fields of interest 
 
Invitation to the Annual General Meeting  
Become an academic affiliate of Lowitja Institute and write articles for ‘The Conversation’
 
   
Contribute to national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research policy development    
Eligibility and support to apply for Lowitja Institute scholarships
 
   
Attend yarning circles for health and wellbeing    
Eligibility and support to apply for Lowitja Institute research grant funding        
Eligibility to vote at General Meetings