The need to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and families is a priority in every research focus area at the Telethon Kids Institute.
There are, however, specific cultural, social and economic
contexts that require more specialised investigation in
collaboration and consultation with Aboriginal families - and there
are health issues that disproportionately affect Aboriginal
This collaborative way of working will also provide models that can be applied to other vulnerable populations in Australia and globally.
Our research into Aboriginal Health includes:
Aboriginal Mental Health & Wellbeing
Environmental Health & Risk factors
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Infections & Vaccines
Rheumatic Heart Disease
Social, Cultural & Economic Determinants of Health
The Telethon Kids Institute's ground-breaking Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey remains the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of these issues. Four volumes of findings and comprehensive recommendations have been published relating to health, social and emotional wellbeing, education, family and community.
The Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing is funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant awarded to the Telethon Kids Institute for a Centre for Research Excellence: From Marginalised to Empowered:Transformative methods for Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing and is the flagship of Aboriginal research at the Institute. The NHMRC will provide $2.5 million funding over five years.
The Aboriginal Collaborative Council Advising on Research and Evaluation (ACCARE) provides guidance and is the peak body for advocacy and discussions for Aboriginal issues relevant to research and researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute and in collaboration with appropriate external organisations.
The Kulunga Research Network is working on preventive strategies to improve outcomes for children by bringing together an outstanding team of Aboriginal researchers dedicated to this cause.
Learn more about Aboriginal health research at the Telethon Kids Institute