Lowitja Institute research commissioning aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to transform their ideas into aspirations that meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and improve health and wellbeing outcomes within a generation.

We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations with Seeding Grant and Major Research Grant funding to do research that is led by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  

For information about the latest grant funding round go to Funding opportunities

Current projects

Lowitja Institute provides Major Research Grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations only.

This list features the most-recently funded Major Research Grant recipients. To find previous research projects, go to Research projects

Setting the Research Agenda for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector in NSW

Project summary: The project will seek to establish the research priorities for the Aboriginal community controlled health sector in New South Wales (NSW), by creating…

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Yabilinya miya (learn together): First Nations led program to support Koori women’s breastfeeding journey

Yalbilinya miya (learn together) breastfeeding program is designed by Aboriginal women for Aboriginal women. We will gather perspectives and experiences of breastfeeding among Koori women…

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Empowering Indigenous strengths to better health and wellbeing: The co-design and evaluation of a sustainable practice nurse health and wellbeing funding model for chronic disease management at a rural Aboriginal Health Service

This project proposes an Indigenous-led, community co-design and evaluation of a sustainable Practice Nurse-Model of Care (PN-MoC) for chronic disease management at a rural Aboriginal…

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Optimising the integration of best evidence screening for childhood neurodevelopmental disability into routine clinical care

The objective of this project is to facilitate the uptake of best-evidence screening for childhood neurodevelopmental disabilities into the routine delivery of Danila Dilba’s primary…

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Developing Yorta Yorta Measures for Shared Prosperity, Repositioning Value and a Thriving Community with Strong Foundations

This research seeks to privilege and empower Yorta Yorta and other First Peoples’ voices to better understand the ideas and needs that local community would…

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Examining the scope and value of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce in Australia from a cultural and economic lens

The project aims to further the understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied workforce, providing an important benchmark for understanding success in policy…

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Culturally Responsive Trauma Informed Practice (CRTIP) through the lens of local Aboriginal communities: developing approaches to health care assessments and workforce development that make cultural sense

This research addresses a critical need to ensure that healthcare services are delivered in ways that are responsive to local Aboriginal cultures in the Northern…

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Ume Project: Telling the story of the Torres Model of Care

The Ume Project goal is to re-embed the Torres Model of Care into the health system. This will involve defining and documenting the model through…

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Co-Designing a Birthing on Country model for First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing in Naarm

Birthing on Country is an international movement to return the control of maternity services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities so that Aboriginal and…

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Supporting agency and connectivity to drive primary healthcare innovation for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in South East Queensland

At a critical period in their life journey, First Nations young people have limited engagement with primary health care services. This project will establish the…

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Using Yolŋu Marrparaŋ (wellbeing) resources to improve social and emotional wellbeing: a community-initiated developmental evaluation

This project will centre around the Yolŋu cultural strength of marrparaŋ, a complex, multi-layered concept which can be loosely translated as wellbeing. The project will…

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Research Our Way: Closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health human research

This project aims to answer the following research questions: What are the strengths and/or limitations of existing human research ethics committee structures for Aboriginal and…

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Boorai Dreaming Project

The Boorai Dreaming Project (BDP) will fund Elder women in Mildura and Robinvale who will deliver rhythmic experiences of cultural immersion to address, stabilise, and…

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Victorian Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Committee: Steps to Establishment

Victoria’s health, medical and wellbeing research sector is one of the state’s most significant and productive industries, yet we are one of the few states…

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A developmental evaluation of Ngalla Wirrin Wungening (our spirit healing) alcohol and other drug (AOD) program

Over the past few years, Wungening has secured significant growth through the development of innovative, Aboriginal-led service delivery in justice, homelessness, family support and other…

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Innovating contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kinship care through genuine community engagement and cultural connection

The project aims to develop and implement a model that provides culturally appropriate and safe kin mapping and connection strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait…

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