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Shaun Ewen, Tess Ryan & Chris Platania-Phung
It is critical to improving the benefit of health research to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers are at the centre of research. This will ensure that research is better aligned with community needs which in turn leads to more effective health policy and action.
Building on the successes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers over the past two decades, the Lowitja Institute saw the need for a review and analysis of progress in expanding and strengthening the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researcher workforce. To be best placed for strategic workforce planning, the Lowitja Institute highlighted the need to identify and understand success factors connected with research training approaches. Researchers at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health were commissioned to conduct the review and analysis.