Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health


We are committed to improving health, education and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our research focuses on the development of culturally appropriate health and disability services that increase access to health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Our research is done in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in Sydney, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Working closely with Indigenous communities, we identify their health needs and design research that is community controlled, supported and participatory. Our research is increasing access to allied health services in schools, helping children to improve their reading, writing and communication skills.


Meet our researchers

Dr John Gilroy

Dr John Gilroy

Research leader

"Living in a community with family support is important for the wellbeing, health and spirituality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. I am exploring the challenges that Aboriginal families who have children with disabilities experience when living in remote communities.

"My research will propose models for supporting these children, their families and caregivers to live well in their communities. My work will inform service redesign to allow Aboriginal people to fully benefit from the National Disability Insurance Scheme."

Dr John Gilroy is a lecturer and an indigenous health sociologist, recipient of an ARC Discovery Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award (DAATSIA) fellowship and the University of Sydney Sister Allison Bush Medal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement.


Health sciences research