The Indigenous Health Research Fund (IHRF) 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.

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 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.


The Australian Government appoints the Expert Advisory Panel. The Panel is co-chaired by independent Chairs and will include members appointed for their relevant expertise. Further appointments are currently under consideration.


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.

Dr Misty Jenkins (Co-Chair)

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

Terms of reference

We will make the terms of reference available here once the Government has endorsed them. 


The terms of reference will state the frequency of meetings for the Indigenous Health Research Fund Expert Advisory Panel.

Related committees and groups

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

We provide secretariat support to the committee.


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.

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Last updated: 
11 December 2019