The Lowitja Institute Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

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Overview

Hosted and managed by the Lowitja Institute, the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (CRCATSIH) is a virtual organisation that brings together the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector, government health agencies and research institutions to ensure that research conducted into Aboriginal health is controlled by and benefits Aboriginal people. CRCATSIH has its own Advisory Board made up of representatives from its 14 Essential Participants, of which AIATSIS is one.

CRCATSIH oversees three research programs. The programs are:

In addition to being an Essential Participant in CRCATSIH, AIATSIS is also represented on the Lowitja Institute Board of Directors: AIATSIS Principal, Mr Russell Taylor, was appointed to the Board in December 2013. The Board has a majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander membership and comprises highly skilled and experienced health sector professionals.

Impact statement

Through this strategic partnership AIATSIS:

  • provides advice on research directions and projects for the Lowitja Institute
  • develops partnerships with key stakeholders working on improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes and
  • conducts specific research projects with Lowitja funding (see AIATSIS administered projects funded by Lowitja Institute).

Partnerships

As an Essential Participant of this collaborative research centre, AIATSIS engages with all participants through a number of forums, such as the Advisory Board and Link Committees.

The 14 Essential Participants of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (CRCATSIH) are:

  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
  • Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Danila Dilba Health Service
  • Northern Territory Department of Health
  • Menzies School of Health Research
  • Queensland Institute of Medical Research
  • The University of Queensland
  • Flinders University
  • La Trobe University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of New South Wales
  • Edith Cowan University

AIATSIS administered projects funded by Lowitja Institute

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