The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative Internet resource that aims to inform practice and policy in Indigenous health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. In this way, the HealthInfoNet aims to contribute to ‘closing the gap’ in health between Indigenous and other Australians.
Our resource is a 'one-stop info-shop' for people interested in improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. It makes published, unpublished and specially-developed material about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health freely accessible to people involved in the area of Indigenous health with the aim of enhancing their knowledge and skills, and improving their practice and/or policy work. For students and the general community, the knowledge accessible via our resource will improve their understanding of Indigenous health and related areas.
We also encourage and support information-sharing among practitioners, policy-makers and others working to improve Indigenous health. Our 'yarning places' (electronic networks) allow people with common interests and purposes to share information, knowledge and experience from different States, Territories, regions and sectors.
Our core functions are made possible by grants (particularly from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing's Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, and Indigenous Programs and Psychostimulants Section). Specific research activities are supported by funds from a variety of sources.