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This publication is a compendium of three papers commissioned as part of the Stewardship Dialogues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, a project of the Lowitja Institute.
The first two were written to inform the discussion during the Stewardship Dialogues and the third was written after the Dialogues to address an identified need for decision makers to have access to a more systematic review of the evidence about the effectiveness of different interventions. These papers review the evidence on the importance of a healthy start to life and on interventions to promote good beginnings.
The Stewardship Dialogues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health were established to test if an open exploration of underlying barriers to better progress in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy and programs can generate new ways to approach some of the ‘wicked problems’ of policy and implementation. Dialogue participants identified that education and early years interventions, implemented in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and properly adapted to their settings, held the potential to produce significant long-term effects on health and wellbeing.