We value the integrity, solidarity and resilience of Indigenous Australians, the traditional owners and caretakers of this country.
Featured image: water memory by Judy Watson.
QIMR Berghofer pledges our expertise to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to overcome the disparity between their health status and that of non-indigenous Australians.
QIMR Berghofer is acknowledging the significant health disparity between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians, by conducting research in priority areas with the aim of reducing the burden of illness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
37 % of QIMR Berghofer research is dedicated to diseases that have a higher incidence in Indigenous Australians.
QIMR Berghofer’s Indigenous health research program is focused on ensuring that research activities with implications for Indigenous health are sustainable, consultative, and translational. Overall, the aim is to deliver research outcomes that translate to improvement in the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
Strategies to success
The program aims to demonstrate leadership and collaboration in the area of Indigenous health research through activities that:
- Innovate: Raise the profile of Indigenous health research within QIMR Berghofer and the community
- Assure: Cultural competence of QIMR Berghofer with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research
- Support: Maintain an active presence on matters relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
- Mentor: Train Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students of QIMR Berghofer
- Network: Maintain strong connections with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research community
- Deliver: Collaborate to stimulate research for the betterment of the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
QIMR Berghofer recognises that community consultation is integral to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to overcome disparity in their health.
We are committed to demonstrating integrity and supporting the development of culturally competent personnel and processes that reflect an appreciation of the importance of culture and community.
The QIMR Berghofer Indigenous Health Research Program has established two committees to advise (internally and externally) the Indigenous research at the Institute:
- Indigenous Health Research Committee, comprised of members of the QIMR Berghofer research faculty.
- External Advisory Group, comprised of members with noted expertise in the areas of service provision, policy development and research.