Our research

Prioritising Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing, our research aims to transform long standing gaps in health disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples both here in Australia and internationally.

Our research expertise is in epidemiology and biostatistics, social and behavioural research, health services research, health system reform and policy transformation, and training, mentoring and capacity building. We focus on urban Indigenous health, public health, infectious disease, bloodborne viruses, sexual and reproductive health, child and maternal health, health promotion, substance use, mental health, chronic health conditions, sexuality and gender, and the effects of climate change on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples.

Our research programs

Our research comprises four research groups:

We conduct rigorous scientific research that has a demonstrable impact on reducing health inequities and injustices and improving health outcomes in communities nationally and internationally: this research will be prioritised on the lifecourse, and on improving health systems and determinants of health and align with the needs of the Centre’s Partners

Our research themes

Our work to transform health inequity and improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is centred in core research themes:

"The Poche Network is an important initiative to advance Indigenous health in Australia. With a focus on turning research into outcomes, we will be harnessing some of the best minds around the country to focus on wicked problems and creative solutions that will deliver lasting benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Patron and Chair of the Poche Network, Professor Tom Calma AO

Our research approaches and methods

Our multidisciplinary team draws on a wide range of research approaches and methods that prioritise Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing, including:

Find out more about our projects in urban, regional and remote Australia.