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When Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue agreed to have the Lowitja Institute named after her, she entrusted in us her spirit and energy, her values and priorities. Dr O’Donoghue told us to be a courageous organisation committed to social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to match words to action, to achieve real tangible and immediate outcomes. Also, to be known throughout Australia as a strong and sustainable organisation working fearlessly for change and improvement in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our strategic plan and all the work that follows will honour Dr O’Donoghue’s vision.
The Lowitja Institute is a trusted research institute that values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health and wellbeing.
We invest in knowledge creation and translation by enhancing the capability of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce. The Lowitja Institute will continue its commitment to pursuing a new generation of solutions that make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will facilitate knowledge creation and translation that benefits Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples first and foremost. To do this, we will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priorities and collective ways of working. We will ensure that our work recognises the strength and agency of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The knowledge we provide will be culturally, ethically and intellectually rigorous.
PRIORITY 1: INVEST IN ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER COMMUNITY DRIVEN BEST PRACTICE HEALTH RESEARCH
Objective 1: To increase the availability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research that reflects the priority needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
PRIORITY 2: MOBILISE RESEARCH KNOWLEDGE FOR EFFECTIVE TRANSLATION
Objective 2: To improve understanding of researchers and research end users on how research knowledge can be translated effectively into health policy and practice.
PRIORITY 3: ENHANCE THE CAPABILITY OF THE ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH RESEARCH WORKFORCE
Objective 3: To enhance the capability of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people involved in health research.
PRIORITY 4: PROMOTE OUR ROLE AND IMPACT
Objective 4: To strengthen external stakeholder awareness of the role of Lowitja Institute and our history of collective impact.
PRIORITY 5: CREATE A STRONG AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Objective 5: To create a perpetual funding base for Lowitja Institute.