We are committed to improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
A number of our strategies and activities target this issue, including research funding and health advice. The 2016–18 NHMRC Reconciliation Action Plan covers all aspects of our commitment to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Timeline of achievements
Through the support of health and medical research, NHMRC works to improve and promote the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Highlighted in this section is a timeline of achievements and activity updates.
Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus
The NHMRC has 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.
- More information on NHMRC funding for Indigenous health and medical research and researchers
- Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria
- 2017 NHMRC funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Snapshots
In 2002 NHMRC set the target of spending five percent of the Medical Research Endowment Account on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in response to the Health is Life: Report on the Inquiry into Indigenous Health (2002). In 2008 NHMRC reached this target of funding and has since exceeded. More information on funding and activities are below.
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.
Strengthening Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples – A guide for health professionals was endorsed by Council in September 2005.
Australian Drinking Water Guidelines: Community Water Planner - A tool for small communities to develop drinking water management plans has been developed to support the implementation of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines' management approach in small communities. It does this by assisting local drinking water managers to develop risk management plans tailored to their community.
The Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines portal provides a single entry point for access to clinical practice guidelines developed for use in Australian health care settings. With over 2,400 documents, the search function can help to find Indigenous-specific guidelines.
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/