Aboriginal Health

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:

  • Aboriginal Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • Environmental Health & Risk factors

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

  • Healthy Families

  • Infections & Vaccines

  • Non-Communicable Diseases

  • Restorative Justice

  • 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

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