Organisation

The Lowitja Institute

Description

The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, named in honour of Patron, Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG.

The Lowitja Institute is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation working for the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples through high impact quality research, knowledge translation, and by supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers.

Established in January 2010, the Lowitja Institute operates on key principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership, a broader understanding of health that incorporates wellbeing, and the need for the work to have a clear and positive impact.

The Institute hosts the Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC (Lowitja Institute CRC) which is funded by the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme. The history of the Lowitja Institute CRC dates back to 1997 when the first CRC for Aboriginal and Tropical Health was established. 

The Institute and the CRC organisations have led, since 1997, a substantial reform agenda in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research by working with communities, researchers and policymakers, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people setting the agenda and driving the outcomes.

At present, the Lowitja Institute CRC works in partnership with 22 Participants around Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations; State, Territory and Australian government departments; and academic research institutions. 

Recently added resources

Report

A report prepared by the Lowitja Institute for the Close the Gap Steering Committee
19 Mar 2019
486

To address the widening life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians, this report identifies three priority areas that must be addressed.

Report

20 Dec 2018
27

Going On-Country is expected to have many benefits for the physical, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal people living in remote areas. Whilst there is evidence that ‘Caring for Country’ programs can improve Aboriginal health, there has been little consideration for the potential benefits...

Report

A project conducted by the Lowitja Institute for the National Mental Health Commission
17 Dec 2018
31

Trauma is a pervasive and complex aspect of the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and, inevitably, a part of any conversation about mental health. It operates at an individual, collective and community level, and has historical and contemporary manifestations.

The Lowitja...

Data portal

19 Oct 2018
17

This search tool provides easy access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health literature on the PubMed database.

This project developed a health search filter that enables the user to search the worldwide PubMed database and confine their search to articles about Aboriginal and...

Report

14 May 2018
293

This report explores ‘deficit discourse’ in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy. ‘Discourse’, in this context, encompasses thought represented in written and spoken communication and/or expressed through practices.

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Items published/produced 32

Associated Content 8

Items by affiliated authors