About Aboriginal Health
Aboriginal Health is a national program of research which began in Central Australia and has expanded to include additional sites at Melbourne and Sydney.
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Central Australia, located in Alice Springs, was founded in 2007 becoming the second health and medical research institute to be located in the Northern Territory and the first in Central Australia. It was established to help address the profound disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal people in central Australia and throughout the Northern Territory through scientific research that is rigorous, culturally appropriate and ethically sound.
While Aboriginal Health at the Baker Institute places emphasis on the needs of people in the Northern Territory, our expertise in research spans many other jurisdictions and enables contributions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health spanning from major cities to the most remote communities in Australia and collaborations which address global Indigenous health.
We are dedicated to carrying out collaborative research projects in response to community needs that build much needed knowledge and that provide practical contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health. While research is our main business, we are much more than a collection of research projects.
As a clinical service provider, we provide outreach health services to Central Australian remote communities and Alice Springs Hospital in order to improve access to specialist care. We are dedicated to supporting capacity building within the communities and organisations that we work with
We are committed to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are engaged and in control of their own health. Our 'way of doing business' includes working with and empowering Indigenous community-controlled organisations In addition, we have a focus on facilitating employment and capacity building of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within our organisation.
We are passionate about using our skills and expertise to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and to contribute to better health outcomes. The depth of our commitment is what defines Aboriginal Health at the Baker Institute.
Our mission is:
To improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a particular focus on the residents of Central Australia.
We aim to achieve our vision and mission by conducting work across four complementary streams including:
- Clinical research and health service delivery.
- Population health.
- Health services research.
- Global Indigenous health.