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Aboriginal Health
Aboriginal Health

Aboriginal Health

Rates of cancer mortality in Aboriginal populations are rising - at a time when the same rates in non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations are decreasing.

Diseases such as type 2 diabetes are being diagnosed at greater rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients experience greater complications associated with these diseases.

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

The primary focus of our Aboriginal Health research theme is doing research directly relevant to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in South Australia and across the country. This research team is dedicated to reducing inequalities in life expectancy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Key research areas include:

  • psychosocial determinants of health and illness
  • improving the health care system
  • overcoming the burden of chronic disease
  • reducing inequalities in health outcomes

More than half of the staff in our Aboriginal Health team are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. This is the only institute in Australia dedicated to such strong capacity-building. Our goal is to nurture the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers.

Our Aboriginal Health team is strongly focused on community engagement. This means research priorities for Aboriginal Health are driven by the community, alongside the community, and shared with the community.

You can't miss us

North Terrace
Adelaide 5000
South Australia

Postal address

PO Box 11060
Adelaide 5001
South Australia


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SAHMRI is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people.

The SAHMRI community acknowledges and pays respect to the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region. We also acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and the relationship of the Kaurna people to their country. We pay our respects to the Kaurna peoples' ancestors and the living Kaurna people today.