The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in conjunction with the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH), hosted the 3rd National Indigenous Science and Research Roundtable entitled “Nutrition and Preventative Health in Indigenous Futures” on 4th-5th August 2009 in Adelaide, South Australia. This Roundtable fulfilled a commitment to the delegates from the inaugural Roundtable, held in Broome in July 2008, to hold future discussions with a focus on health and nutrition for Indigenous Australians.
The National Indigenous Science and Research Roundtable Series are designed to bring Indigenous Australia and CSIRO together to explore research and scientific priorities to address the needs and aspirations of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They have also been the starting point for the Indigenous Engagement Strategy process in identifying and prioritizing opportunities for research.
The objectives for the Adelaide Roundtable meeting were to:
• Gain Indigenous perspectives on the research needs and priorities on Nutrition in Preventative Health;
• Share knowledge, experiences and stories on how to engage Indigenous Australians in policy, research and research adoption processes to improve their nutrition, health, lifestyles and wellbeing.
• Share insight into CSIRO priorities and research activities relating to Nutrition and Preventative Health in Indigenous Futures;
• Discuss the pathway for Indigenous engagement in current and future research on Nutrition and Preventative Health to assist in achieving measurable impact;
• Discuss Nutrition and Indigenous health policies and identify what key policy issues influence resea