Working together in partnership with the community to create the changes that we desire for all children, that's the aim of this Research Focus Area.
Aboriginal people experience greater disadvantage than the rest of the population on almost all of the determinants of health, social and emotional wellbeing including employment, education and housing.
That's why the need to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and families is an overarching priority for every Research Focus Area.
As there are specific cultural, social and economic contexts that require more specialised investigation in collaboration and consultation with Aboriginal families, this Research Focus Area provides advice, technical and cultural support across the Institute.
We acknowledge the shared history between Aboriginal and other Australian peoples and plans for a common future
The Institute has established a strong relationship with Aboriginal communities over its history and during this time we have discovered much together.
It is upon these achievements that we seek to consolidate our efforts and invest our resources into those areas where we can make a more defined difference.
We will integrate the needs of Aboriginal families and children into all relevant areas of our work. Our statement and principles below will frame the measures that we implement over the next five years.
We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and original custodians of this land.
We acknowledge the loss of land, children and family, languages and cultural identity and the impact this has upon Aboriginal health and wellbeing.
We believe that all Australians must better understand the shared past and how it affects the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
It is through a relationship of trust, working as partners toward agreed objectives, that we will pave the way forward.
We commit to translating our research into positive sustainable change in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children.
Our Aboriginal Consultative Committee Advising Research and Evaluation provides high level advice around strategic directions and operational elements relating to Aboriginal health research at Telethon Kids.
Our Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit facilitates research that involves Aboriginal families and communities as well as building the capacity and development of Institute researchers working on Aboriginal projects.