Aboriginal people experience greater disadvantage than the rest of the population on almost all of the determinants of health and social and emotional wellbeing including employment, education and housing.
The need to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and families is a priority across 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 crosses multiple areas and includes environmental health & risk factors, healthy families, infections & vaccines, restorative justice and Social, Cultural & Economic Determinants of Health.
Combined with the research above, the Aboriginal Health area also encompasses the following:
- Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
- Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
- Rheumatic Heart Diseases
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and the 'Liliwan Project"
Among the highest rates of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) worldwide have been reported by Aboriginal community leaders in the remote Fitzroy Valley.
The results are from the landmark 'Lililwan Project', a prevalence study of FAS in an entire population of school aged children,
Telethon Kids Institute researcher, Dr James Fitzpatrick was the lead author of the research paper published recently that revealed one in eight (or 120 per 1000) children born in 2002 or 2003 in the Fitzroy Valley have FAS.
To find out more..
Foetal alcohol syndrome hits one in eight children: The West Australian Jan 19 2015
Consigning fetal alcohol scourge to history: The Australian: Jan 20 2015
Community is Tackling FAS in the Fitzroy Valley: Media Release: Jan 17 2015