Positive Futures Research Collaboration

Positive Futures Research Collaboration

We are a national research unit dedicated to improving the lives of Aboriginal children through rigorous research evidence that will influence policy and practice in child protection.

Positive Futures Research Collaboration is a national research unit dedicated to improving the lives of Aboriginal children.

Based at the University of South Australia, the collaboration consists of representatives from national peak bodies working together to build the evidence base of what works, and how this is best implemented to ensure Aboriginal children are safe, strong and well.

Core to its operation and existence is the imperative that Positive Futures is driven by Aboriginal people to provide the leadership and expertise necessary to craft solutions to current and urgent challenges such as:

  • understanding the extent of abuse and neglect in communities,
  • understanding the prevalence of family violence and intergenerational trauma as key drivers in child welfare matters, 
  • providing evaluations for what works, particularly around healing, early intervention and community led models ,
  • developing the workforce,
  • discovering new models of service delivery to continuous quality improvement of practice delivered by departments and agencies. 


Please note the term Aboriginal used in this website is inclusive of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Areas of study and research

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