Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research

Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Health Research



Our research into health issues facing Indigenous Australians puts us at the forefront of this specialist field and we offer many opportunities for researchers to make a unique contribution to this knowledge.


We work with community groups, professionals, academics and student researchers to develop sustainable, cost effective and workable solutions to the health problems facing Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities.

Indigenous Health Research at the University of Sydney

Our research is focused on the key areas of:

  • Health economics
  • Oral health
  • Trans-disciplinary allied health practice
  • Program evaluation
  • Community capacity building
  • Children's health, including social and emotional well-being
  • E-medicine, and
  • Culturally competent service delivery.

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

Established and funded by philanthropist Greg Poche, the Poche Centre works with leading university researchers, alumni, faculty and students in collaboration with communities to find solutions to the complex health issues faced by Aboriginal people.

The Poche Centre at the University of Sydney focuses on evidence to practice, partnering with community organisations to:

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  • provide specialist services for Aboriginal people including cardiology, ENT, endocrinology, dentistry, nursing, and allied health
  • build and support education and career pathways for Aboriginal people
  • develop opportunities for students and graduates to participate in Aboriginal health service delivery and health promotion, and build cultural competence, and
  • develop and sustain collaborative evidence to practice research.


Learn more about The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney.

Meet our researchers

Professor Elizabeth Elliott

Professor Elizabeth Elliot
AM, Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health and NHMRC Practitioner Fellow, Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead

Elizabeth Elliott AM is Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney and Consultant Paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Throughout her career she has been dedicated to improving health and quality of life for children in Australia and beyond, through education, research, clinical care and advocacy.


Professor Jonathan Craig

Professor Johnathan Craig
MBChB, DipCH, FRACP, M Med (Clin Epi), PhD, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Associate Dean (Research), Sydney Medical School, Senior Staff Specialist, Paediatric Nephrology, The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Jonathan Craig is an internationally renowned paediatric nephrologist and clinical epidemiologist whose research aims to improve health care and clinical outcomes particularly in the areas of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and more broadly in child health.