$8 Million Budget Boost for First Australians’ Health Research

The Australian Government has reinforced its commitment to Closing the Gap in health equality, with funding of $8 million to the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s national organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

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28 May 2018

The Turnbull Government has reinforced its commitment to Closing the Gap in health equality, with funding of $8 million to the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s national organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said the work of the Institute has influenced and created opportunities for change in how research into how aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is done resulting in improved community health and better care systems, based on the knowledge, expertise and experience of First Nations people.

“Through its focus on Aboriginal researchers working in Aboriginal health, the Institute plays an invaluable role in connecting our communities and families with policy makers, health services, universities, health organisations and other professionals,” Minister Wyatt said.

“This gives our people a stronger voice in how care is delivered and helps lay the foundations for healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives.”

Minister Wyatt said an evaluation indicated that each dollar invested in the Institute’s work returned $3.40 in Aboriginal health improvements and efficiencies in care services.

The Institute’s three priority areas continue to provide important input for the national Closing the Gap agenda:

    • Tackling the social and cultural determinants of health
    • Translating knowledge into better health for individuals and families
    • Targeted, quality research
The Lowitja Institute’s commitment to fostering First Nations science and research expertise is outstanding, with its sponsorship of 63 PhD, 33 Masters and 17 undergraduate students so far.

“With more than 20 partner organisations and 41 current research projects, ranging from the management of a rare genetic disease to the importance of cultural connections, this new funding will help ensure the Institute’s positive impact continues,” said Minister Wyatt.

The $8 million will support the Institute over four years.

The Turnbull Government’s 2018–19 Budget provides $3.9 billion over four years - $10 billion projected over the next decade - to support better First People’s health, through targeted programs and services.

“This support is critical to improving the health of thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but is also fundamental to Australia’s commitment to equality, prosperity and opportunity for all,” the Minister said.

For information about Indigenous health investment visit www.health.gov.au

For information about the work of the Lowitja Institute visit www.lowitja.org.au

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

Authorised by Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Member for Hasluck.


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