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.