There is ample research to show that Aboriginal people experience greater disadvantage than the wider population on almost all of the determinants of health and social and emotional wellbeing including employment, education and housing.
Many of these research areas are examined by Chief Investigators and senior researchers working with the Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing is funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant awarded to the Telethon Kids Institute for a Centre for Research Excellence: From Marginalised to Empowered:Transformative methods for Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing and is the flagship of Aboriginal research at the Institute. The NHMRC will provide $2.5 million funding over five years which finishes in 2015.
The Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit (KARDU) has been established to focus on facilitating research interest and opportunities in research that involve Aboriginal families and communities as well as building the capacity and development of researchers working on Aboriginal projects. KARDU is one of the priorities of the Telethon Kids Institute commitment to Aboriginal Children and Families 2013 - 2017.
The Aboriginal Collaborative Council Advising on Research and Evaluation (ACCARE) provides guidance and is the peak body for advocacy and discussions for Aboriginal issues relevant to research and researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute and in collaboration with appropriate external organisations.
The Telethon Kids Institute's ground-breaking Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey remains the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the social and cultural determinants that impact on Aboriginal health and social and emotional wellbeing. Four volumes of findings and comprehensive recommendations have been published relating to health, social and emotional wellbeing, education, family and community.
Related Projects: the Telethon
Kids Institute is involved in a raft of projects and programs that
are committed to Aboriginal Health Research. These include the
Developmental Pathways Project and the Alcohol Pregnancy & FASD
The Telethon Kids Institute is committed to ensuring both the organisation and individual staff are culturally competent in working with Aboriginal people and is committed to Reconciliation.
A Statement of Commitment was signed in 2007 and is displayed in our building. To view a copy of the statement click here.