Role

The Indigenous Health Research Fund (IHRF) is the first national research fund led by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and conducted through close engagement with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Indigenous Health Research Fund Expert Advisory Panel has been appointed to provide the Minister for Health with advice on the strategic priorities for research investment through the IHRF. Its role is to define evidence and knowledge gaps that should be addressed through research funding to assist in transforming health care and health outcomes for individuals and communities. This role includes the definition of key research questions that, if answered, will deliver meaningful change to patients through the translation of research.

Panel members will consult and engage with other researchers, industry and consumer/patient groups and participate in media and public activities to build awareness of and facilitate interaction with the IHRF and with other MRFF-funded research.

Further information on the roles and responsibilities of MRFF Expert Advisory Panels can be found in the MRFF Mission Governance resource.

Members

The Australian Government appoints the Expert Advisory Panel. The Panel is co-chaired by independent Chairs and includes Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health researchers and community leaders. 

Member

Background and experience

Professor Alex Brown (Co-Chair)

Professor Brown is the Theme Leader of Aboriginal Health Equity at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

Associate Professor Misty Jenkins (Co-Chair)

Associate Professor Jenkins is the Laboratory Head of Immunology at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Professor Ngiare Brown

Professor Brown is a clinician and researcher and the Founding Executive Director at Ngaoara and a Commissioner at the National Mental Health Commission.

Professor Jonathan Carapetis AM

Professor Carapetis is the Director of the Telethon Kids Institute.

Professor Susan Clark

Professor Clark is the head of the Epigenetics Laboratory at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Professor Patricia Dudgeon

Professor Dudgeon is a Poche Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Director of the UWA Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention. 

Professor Gail Garvey

Professor Garvey is the Senior Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Division Leader, Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division at the Menzies School of Health Research.

Associate Professor Kelvin Kong

Conjoint Associate Professor Kong from the University of Newcastle's School of Medicine and Public Health, is an otolaryngology, head and neck surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Dr Janine Mohamed

Dr Mohamed is the CEO of the Lowitja Institute.

Dr Simone Reynolds

Dr Reynolds is a Research Fellow in the Laboratory for Vaccines for the Developing World at Griffith University.

Professor Hugh Taylor AC

Melbourne Laureate Professor Taylor is the Harold Mitchell Professor of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne.

Ms Patricia Turner

Ms Turner is the CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

   

Terms of reference

Purpose of the Advisory Panel

The Expert Advisory Panel will provide the Minister for Health with advice on the strategic priorities for research investment through the Indigenous Health Research Fund.

The role of the Expert Advisory Panel is to define evidence and knowledge gaps that should be addressed through Indigenous Health Research Fund research investment to assist in transforming health care and health outcomes for individuals and communities. The Panel will develop a strategic plan for IHRF research investment through a Roadmap and Implementation Plan that communicates its advice for targeted research that is led by, and benefits, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Expert Advisory Panel Members will consult and engage with other researchers, industry and consumer/patient groups and participate in media and public activities to build awareness of and facilitate interaction with the Indigenous Health Research Fund and with other MRFF funded research.

Membership

The Expert Advisory Panel will be co-chaired by Professor Alex Brown and Associate Professor Misty Jenkins.

Key deliverables

The Expert Advisory Panel will provide advice on priorities for research investment through the Indigenous Health Research Fund by developing a Roadmap and Implementation Plan, including key questions/goals that investment through the Indigenous Health Research Fund will support and be evaluated against.

Roadmap

A two-page high level strategic document for the Indigenous Health Research Fund which will include:

  • the aim, vision and goals for the IHRF
  • possible themes and priorities for investment.

Implementation plan

To support implementation of the Roadmap, the Expert Working Group will develop an Implementation Plan to outline:

  • key questions/goals that will outline specifically how the IHRF will benefit Australian patients, guide the investment priorities that will achieve this objective, and be used to evaluate the ongoing progress of the IHRF
  • priorities for investment, particularly defining research questions and outcomes for short, medium and long term investment
  • opportunities for leveraging additional investment through philanthropy and other sector, to support achievement of the IHRF’s outcomes
  • activities required to support the IHRF’s outcomes, and facilitate their longer term implementation, including community and industry engagement.

Public consultation

  • A public consultation will be undertaken on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan to enable broad engagement on the priority setting process. The themes of feedback provided on the Roadmap and Implementation Plan, and how the feedback has been incorporated will be published on the IHRF website.

Meetings

The Indigenous Health Research Fund Expert Advisory Panel meets up to two times a year, with additional meetings held as required.

Communiqués

Communiqué for the first EAP meeting, 14–15 October 2019

Related committees and groups

The Indigenous Health Research Fund Expert Advisory Panel reports to the Minister for Health.

The Health and Medical Research Office provides secretariat support to the committee.

Contact

Indigenous Health Research Fund Expert Advisory Panel contact

Contact for further information on the Indigenous Health Research Fund Expert Advisory Panel. This panel advises the government on the Indigenous Health Research Fund, which is funded by the Medical Research Future Fund.

MRFF [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
5 January 2021