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An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce is critical to closing the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Lowitja Institute embraces this principle through its collaborative approach to research, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities are central to the work that we undertake and the way in which we do it.
The Institute and its predecessor organisations have engaged in developing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce through a range of programs and projects. This includes a scholarships fund, workshops, publications and a biennial Congress Lowitja. We also acknowledge the work of many other organisations and networks that provide leadership and development of this workforce.
The Lowitja Institute convened a workshop in Melbourne on 21 July 2015 to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research excellence and what it might mean. Participants explored questions of what does it mean to be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researcher in order to better understand what should occur at the systems, community and individual levels to achieve excellence.