The Rio Tinto Child Health Partnership was developed to deliver improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and maternal health through the delivery of three projects:
* modelling the WA Aboriginal Child Health Survey for the Northern Territory and Queensland
* national foetal alcohol syndrome prevention strategy
* enhancing Aboriginal workforce capacity
The five-year Rio Tinto Child Health Partnership concluded in 2007. The report Delivering improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and maternal health evaluates the results from the partnership, and states that the partnership has allowed strong relationships to be forged between researchers, Aboriginal communities, health services, government agencies and departments and corporate Australia. Significant benefits and outcomes include: increased awareness of fetal alcohol syndrome; identification of the issues which inhibit Aboriginal health professionals; support for culturally appropriate practices in primary health care and treatment services; and increased skills of health and community workers in identifying and responding to risk factors during pregnancy.
Kulunga Research Network, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research 2008