Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health program

The George Institute for Global Health acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of the land upon which its King Street and King George V buildings are located. The George institute also acknowledges the traditional owners of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands upon which its research takes place.

Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations is a major priority for the George Institute. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program cuts across content areas and is conducted within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program has a focus on social determinants of health, health systems and healthcare delivery, chronic disease and injury prevention. We ensure that our research maintains an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander paradigm of health and healing (physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual) and a commitment to making impact through translation that influences policy.

Underlying principles of our Program include:

  • Strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and a commitment to using strengths-based approaches
  • Capacity building for the next generation of researchers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and for non-Indigenous researchers to enable collaborative approaches to conducting high quality, ethically sound research in partnership with First Nations organisations, communities and individuals
  • Genuine engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other First Nations peoples and communities with research determined by community priorities