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Research team attends Lowitja Conference 2023

Held on the lands of Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and Yirrganydji peoples in Cairns, the Lowitja Institute hosted its 3rd annual Indigenous Health and Wellbeing conference in June 2023. Bringing together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and international Indigenous leaders the conference attracted global audiences committed to sharing knowledge around improving health outcomes for Indigenous peoples.

Our Research and Development staff, Clinical Director Dr. Jonathan Leitch and Research Officer Cecilia Castiello, attended the conference on behalf of ATSICHS Brisbane.

The team connected with other researchers, first nations health organisations, health professionals and practitioners. With over 250 presentations, there were key discussions around Indigenous health models and community-led research projects.

This year’s theme was ‘Truth, Rights, Response’ and focused on truth and storytelling, upholding our sovereign rights, and strengthening the health and wellbeing of our peoples. 

“The highlight for our team was hearing from so many First Nations scholars, Elders, and front-line workers about the collective work and research that is being done in the health space.” Cecilia said.

“It was interesting for us to see what projects other community-controlled organisations are involved in and how this is impacting community.”

Research supports ATSICHS Brisbane’s vision and mission and is essential to our organisation’s growth and how we maintain strong community relationships. All research undertaken by our organisation is designed to be respectful of the cultural values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and is led by community and Indigenous researchers.

Our Research and Development team are working to develop our own tools and resources to support ATSICHS Brisbane’s research and work in community.

“We’ve been really inspired by some of the great work that other organisations are doing in community and hope to share some of our own research projects at the next Lowitja conference.”

If you would like to discuss any research related matters, please get in touch with our Research and Development team via email:

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