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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Improving health outcomes and building health advocacy

Our research is undertaken in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to reduce the burden of ill health from chronic diseases such as diabetes. 

We aim to better understand and address workforce issues, environmental contributors and nutrition and physical activity risk factors, as well as offer health education opportunities. We also aim to be strong advocates for improved health on the issues that matter to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Our research theme engages with a number of multidisciplinary project nodes at the Charles Perkins Centre.

By doing so, we can better examine the complex and interconnectedness of issues surrounding diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease and their related conditions. We strive to provide insights that contribute to alleviating the burden of ill health borne by many of Australia’s first people.

First Nations Fellow with Cancer Council Australia

The Charles Perkins Centre has proudly partnered with Cancer Council Australia to host a Fellowship Program that will support their strategic plan to reduce inequalities in cancer, including working with Australia’s First Nations Peoples. 

The Charles Perkins Centre will support talented early to mid career researchers and health professionals to develop their project management and policy skills, whilst they gain valuable industry experience supporting the development of collaborative relationships and joint activities between Cancer Council Australia and First Nations organisations.

Find out more.

Theme leader (acting)

Dr Josephine Gwynn