First Nations Health and Wellbeing – The Lowitja Journal is a community controlled, international, community member, inter- and multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to expanding access to *First Nations research, increasing First Nations scientific and community collaboration, and contributing to the First Nations research academy.

This journal is owned by Lowitja Institute and supported and published by Elsevier, under the governance of the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF) representing the Coalition of the Peaks in Australia.

*We use the term ‘First Nations’ to refer to any Indigenous or ‘First Peoples’ inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest of times or before the arrival of colonists. This was chosen by consensus of the representative Australian National Health Leadership Forum Board, and is used with the deepest respect for the autonomy and diversity of nations represented within this broadly inclusive term.

About the Journal

The Lowitja Journal focuses on primary research papers, systematic reviews, and informed short reports and community contributions on all aspects of the science, culture, philosophy and practice regarding health and wellbeing for First Nations communities.

All papers must include substantive contributions of First Nations authors and will be peer reviewed by experts in the field of the submitted work. While we are based in Australia and governed by the Australian National Health Leadership Forum, our Editorial Board is international and we welcome papers from First Nations researchers from all over the world, reflecting our global perspective and reach.

The editorial team is made up of Indigenous researchers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

To submit an article idea, to find out more about the aims and scope of the Journal, or to learn about our editorial team, visit the Lowitja Journal website

Our inaugural edition is entitled, ‘Weathering the storm: First Nations communities sharing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic’

This issue of the First Nations Health and Wellbeing: The Lowitja Journal showcases First Nations leadership, self-determination and achievements in responding to COVID-19 and beyond. First Nations communities have demonstrated strength and resilience in the face of many challenges, including colonisation, ongoing socio-economic disadvantage and racism.  

These unmet needs and ongoing systemic issues are further highlighted and exacerbated during the pandemic. Our communities are beautifully diverse and responded to the pandemic uniquely and innovatively to communities’ needs. This is why we have dedicated our first issue to COVID-19 planning and management in our communities.  

The editorial and first eight articles from the Lowitja Journal are now published on the Lowitja Journal website and also on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform

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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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