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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Improving health outcomes and building health advocacy

Our research is undertaken in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to reduce the burden of ill health from chronic diseases such as diabetes. 

We aim to better understand and address workforce issues, environmental contributors and nutrition and physical activity risk factors, as well as offer health education opportunities. We also aim to be strong advocates for improved health on the issues that matter to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Our research theme engages with a number of multidisciplinary project nodes at the Charles Perkins Centre.

By doing so, we can better examine the complex and interconnectedness of issues surrounding diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease and their related conditions. We strive to provide insights that contribute to alleviating the burden of ill health borne by many of Australia’s first people.

Professor Alex Brown


Professor Alex Brown is Deputy Director and Program Leader, Aboriginal Research, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). His role as Honorary Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Charles Perkins Centre is supported by a gift from Dr Virginia Hood.

Theme Leader

Professor Jaky Troy
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