Aboriginal Health


Working Together Cover 2nd Ed 2013We are pleased to announce that the 2nd Edition of Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice is now available onlineThe editors are Pat Dudgeon, Helen Milroy and Roz Walker. 

The book is intended for staff and students and all health practitioners working in areas that support Indigenous mental health and wellbeing. Working Together offers a high quality, comprehensive examination of issues and strategies influencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

Aboriginal health kids image 2The 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 people.

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:

There is ample research to show that Aboriginal people experience greater disadvantage than the wider population on almost all of the determinants of health and social and emotional wellbeing including employment, education and housing.
Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

Many of these research areas are examined by Chief Investigators and senior researchers working with 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 which finishes in 2015.  
Kulunga logoThe Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit (KARDU) has been established to focus on facilitating research interest and opportunities in research that involve Aboriginal families and communities as well as building the capacity and development of researchers working on Aboriginal projects.  KARDU is one of the priorities of the Telethon Kids Institute commitment to Aboriginal Children and Families 2013 - 2017.
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 Telethon Kids Institute's ground-breaking  Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey remains the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of  the social and cultural determinants that impact on Aboriginal health and social and emotional wellbeing.  Four volumes of findings and comprehensive recommendations have been published relating to health, social and emotional wellbeing, education, family and community.
Related Projects: the Telethon Kids Institute is involved in a raft of projects and programs that are committed to Aboriginal Health Research. These include the Developmental Pathways Project.

The Telethon Kids Institute is committed to ensuring both the organisation and individual staff are culturally competent in working with Aboriginal people and is committed to Reconciliation.

A Statement of Commitment was signed in 2007 and is displayed in our building.  View a copy of the statement.


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