We are committed to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Road Map 3

Road Map 3: A strategic framework for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through research (Road Map 3) is a comprehensive 10 year strategic framework to improve the health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. This includes an Action Plan (current 2018-21) and annual report cards focussed on the achievements made each year against the Action Plan.

News, Updates and Achievements

Through the support of health and medical research, NHMRC works to improve and promote the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Search here for news, updates and achievements.

Read some ‘deadly’ stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers and research here.

Previous Rising Star Award and new award honouring Professor Sandra Eades FAHMS can be found here.

Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus

The NHMRC established an advisory committee to seek advice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and health research issues: Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC).

Funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Medical Research and Researchers

NHMRC funds Indigenous health and medical research across all its funding schemes. In addition, it has established specific funding schemes to support research in priority areas and to build capacity in Indigenous health.

To qualify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research, at least 20% of the research effort and/or capacity building must relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Qualifying applications must address the NHMRC Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria.

Search here for information on NHMRC funding for Indigenous health and medical research and researchers.

More information on funding outcomes can be found here.

Evidence-practice policy gap (EPPG) – Indigenous

An evidence-practice/policy gap is the difference between what is known from the best available research evidence and what is practised in reality (through delivery of medical care or drafting of policies or guidelines). NHMRC is pursuing a range of initiatives to foster the translation of scientific discoveries into policy and practice.

This includes the development of reports to raise awareness of the evidence to practice policy gaps that currently exist in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Reports awaiting publication. 

Building and strengthening capacity of Indigenous health researchers

As part of NHMRC’s commitment to strengthen capacity amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers, NHMRC has committed to funding a National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers.

Further information on other initiatives and public consultations.

Tripartite Agreement

The NHMRC, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) are committed to working both within and between their agencies to improve the health of Indigenous Peoples – the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada, the Māori people in New Zealand and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. In December 2017, the agencies renewed their commitment to work together for another five years on mutual Indigenous health research priorities.

View the Tripartite Agreement - letter of Intent December 2017 and Media release - May 2018.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advice and Publications

NHMRC develops or endorses national guidelines and provides health advice to the Australian people and Government. It has implemented a number of initiatives that address health priority areas for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Search here for publications related to Indigenous health.

Publications of note:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website may contain images and voices of people who have died. 1

The National Health and Medical Research Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

1 See http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/