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Find out more about the Aboriginal Health research currently being undertaken at the University of South Australia.

Aboriginal Health research

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Aboriginal Health

Working in partnership with Aboriginal stakeholders and community groups, our researchers are addressing the high rates of chronic disease and their causes, the over-representation of indigenous children in care and protection systems, and the psychosocial determinants of health and illness. We are committed not only to the development of more effective therapies and early intervention strategies, but to rigorous research that will underpin policy development and support innovative practice to address the complex health issues affecting Aboriginal people.

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Related research programs

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Doctor of Philisophy in the discipline of Health Sciences.

Masters by Research

Masters by Research in the discipline of Health Sciences

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Summer May Finlay

Summer May Finlay

“My passion for research began in high school and ever since I completed my undergraduate studies, I’ve been lucky enough to work in Aboriginal health research. I’m currently based in a dedicated research team at UniSA and am conducting health services research within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The aim of my PhD project is to better understand the impact national key performance indicators have on Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs), which deliver holistic and culturally-appropriate healthcare to these communities. I hope to turn my findings into recommendations that will inform Australian health policy and practice.

As a Yorta Yorta woman, I want the health research I do to have practical tangible benefit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. I love investigating and understanding what is happening, why it is happening and what is working. Knowing that in some small way I’m making a difference for our people is really rewarding.”

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