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Changing the Narrative in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research

In 2017 we celebrated 20 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led and focused health research – recognising the journey of the Lowitja Institute and the four associated Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs).

To mark this anniversary, we launched a publication titled Changing the Narrative in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research: Four Cooperative Research Centres and the Lowitja Institute: The story so far Changing the Narrative maps the evolution of a new, collaborative and culturally appropriate way of carrying out health research. It’s an approach driven by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priorities – an approach developed by the CRCs and embodied in the Institute.

“For the past 20 years, the four Cooperative Research Centres and the Lowitja Institute have demonstrated what can be achieved when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledges, priorities and leadership are at the centre of the work to improve the health and wellbeing of our First Peoples” Pat Anderson AO, Lowitja Institute Chairperson, celebrated our history at the launch in August 2017 at Parliament House in Canberra.

“Guided by key principles and with the support of our many partners, we have contributed to a significant body of knowledge, and have earned a place of cultural authority in the health research sector.”

Each of the CRCs and the Institute has progressed the work to develop health research expertise and processes to achieve lasting reform. Efforts are based on key principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander control of the research agenda, a broader understanding of health that incorporates wellbeing, and the need for research to have a clear and positive impact.

Speaking at the launch, our Patron, Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue reflected on the work of the organisation so far and issued a call to action to continue our efforts.

“I am very proud of the organisation, its leaders, its researchers, partners and participants, members and supporters, of our champions and friends. Thank you for all your hard work”

“Not that that is any reason for you to relax. The future is in your hands, and there is still a big job to do.”

Watch the video to find out more about Changing the Narrative and to hear messages of recognition and support from our CEO, Romlie Mokak, Indigenous Health minister, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, The Hon Warren Snowdon MP.

You can read, watch or purchase Changing the Narrative through our publications section