New report shows better results when Indigenous people are in the lead
11 August 2017
AbSec welcomes research released this week by The Lowitja Institute, showing that better outcomes are achieved when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are able to lead their own health services.
The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s national institute for Indigenous health research. This week’s report, Changing the Narrative in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, looks at progress achieved through the Institute’s 20-year history, working alongside four associated Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs).
“What the report demonstrates is that lasting solutions need governments to let go,” said Romlie Mokak, CEO of the Lowitja Institute.
“We need robust partnerships where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are in the driver’s seat, leading innovative reform to improve the health and wellbeing of our people.”
AbSec CEO Tim Ireland said the research can be applied to the child and family services sector, where the findings are just as relevant.
“We’ve seen time and time again that Aboriginal people feel more comfortable accessing services when they are led by Aboriginal community members,” Mr Ireland said.
“When services are designed by and for the Aboriginal community, they’re more culturally appropriate, more effective, and people feel safer accessing them.”
This is why AbSec advocates for greater government investment in Aboriginal community-controlled organisations. A number of these organisations exist across NSW and are already delivering results, but they need further support and trust to reach their full potential.