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Partnerships are our strength. The Lowitja Institute and associated CRC organisations have, since 1997, led a substantial reform agenda in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research by working with communities, researchers, service providers and decision makers across Australia and internationally to make a positive difference for the health and wellbeing First Peoples everywhere. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people set the agenda and drive the outcomes.
At present, the Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC, which is hosted by the Lowitja Institute, works with 22 Participant organisations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations; state, territory and Australian government departments; and academic research institutions. Through the research teams administered by our Participants, we work with more than 150 research, community and health organisations around the country. The are listed every year in our annual reports.
The Lowitja Institute is a member of the Close the Gap campaign of the Australian Human Rights Commission. The campaign brings together Australia’s peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous health bodies, health professional bodies and human rights organisations to raise the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to that of the non-Indigenous population within a generation: to close the gap by 2030. The Institute is also a member of the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF), which comprises the leaders from Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.
The Institute is also a member of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, one of the world's leading biomedical precincts. We also have key partnerships with philanthropic organisations such as the Starlight Children's Foundation with whom have joined forces to create a post-graduate scholarship focusing on the health and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
In 2017, the Institute co-hosted the 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation. The partnership between the NHMRC and the Lowitja Institute delivered a Symposium that was led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, brought together national and international expertise, and put forward Indigenous perspectives that inform successful policies and programs. The event also provided an opportunity for researchers, policy makers, community organisations and funding institutions to learn from each other about research translation that has had positive impacts in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
In 2016, we partnered with the leading medical journal The Lancet to develop a comprehensive report describing the health and social status of Indigenous and tribal peoples across the globe. The Indigenous and tribal peoples' health (The Lancet–Lowitja Institute Global Collaboration): A population study brought together 65 international experts and included data from 28 Indigenous populations representing half the world's Indigenous and tribal population.
We are also a partner of the Canada–Australia Indigenous Health and Wellness Working Group which was established to progress initiatives from the 2016 Canada–Australia Roundtable on Indigenous Health and Wellness. The Lowitja Institute CRC CEO, Mr Romlie Mokak, and the High Commissioner of Canada, His Excellency Mr Paul Maddison, are acting co-Chairs. The aim of the Working Group is to identify priorities related to Indigenous health and wellbeing for bi-national collaboration and action.
Our international conferences provide an outstanding opportunity for delegates from around the world to discuss the role of First Nations in leading change, showcase Indigenous solutions, strengthen networks and partnerships. The 2019 conference will take place in Darwin in 18–20 June.