An update from the Indigenous Affairs Portfolio

We specialise in culturally appropriate attitudinal research and program evaluation involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultural organisations, health and other service providers.

While less than 20% of all Australians smoke, among Indigenous Australians smoking is far more prevalent, with estimates that daily smoking rates may be as high as 50%. This quarter our Indigenous Affairs team is working on Closing the Gap strategies to help health and community workers to reduce the high rates of smoking in local indigenous communities. Our researchers are committed to finding better ways to encourage people to live healthy lives and to reduce the burden of chronic disease.

Our Indigenous Affairs team have extensive experience conducting research in complex and sensitive policy areas. We conduct preventative and health promotion research on a range of issues including healthy lifestyle behaviours, chronic disease and drug, alcohol and tobacco use. In addition to conducting research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, health professionals and other stakeholders, we have also worked with at-risk community members including young people, pregnant mothers, people who have experienced homelessness, people suffering from chronic disease and community members touched by alcohol and substance abuse.

Our Indigenous Affairs team are highly–qualified and multidisciplinary social researchers who have worked with Indigenous audiences for over a decade. We have specialised in Indigenous research since 2009. We conduct culturally sensitive research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and specialise in health communications research. As experts in communications research we also have extensive experience conducting concept testing and campaign evaluation.