Research & Knowledge Translation

Lowitja Institute has a long track record of supporting First Nations-led research that reflects the priority needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

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Lowitja Institute commissions a suite of research opportunities and scholarship programs to lead innovative and impactful research that is grounded in addressing crucial community priorities that ultimately benefits health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We are committed to investing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-driven health research that privileges Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing. Our investment upholds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to sovereignty and self-determination throughout all stages of the research process and health research workforce.

To guide this effort, Lowitja Institute has identified five key principles that underpin our approach to research. These are: 

  1.  Beneficence – to act for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the conduct of our research 
  2. Leadership by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
  3. Engagement of research end users (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities, policymakers, other potential research users) 
  4. Development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research workforce
  5. Measurement of impact in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health. 

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land across Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

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