Welcome to Aboriginal Health


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. 


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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.  


Kulunga LogoThe 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 Research Program.

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.

Chief Investigators in the Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing


Professor Fiona Stanley (Patron)

A/Prof Roz Walker, Telethon Kids Institute

Glenn Pearson, Telethon Kids Institute

Dr Michael Wright, Telethon Kids Institute

Professor Pat Dudgeon, University of Western Australia

Associate Professor Dawn Bessarab, University of Western Australia

Professor Rhonda Marriott, Murdoch University

Dr Juli Coffin, Telethon Kids Institute

Dr Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, Pindi Pindi

Professor Sandra Eades, Baker IDI



2014 Annual Report



Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice     


Working Together Cover 2nd Ed 2013

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