Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt has welcomed the establishment of the Kimberley Aboriginal Health Research Alliance, made possible by a grant of $2,920,185 from Lotterywest.
The Aboriginal-led alliance consists of six organisations representing Kimberley-wide Aboriginal communities, research institutes, universities and health service providers.
The founding members of the alliance are Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services, WA Country Health Service, Rural Clinical School of Western Australia, The University of Notre Dame Australia – Nulungu Research Centre, Telethon Kids Institute and the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia.
The focus of the alliance will be in promoting Aboriginal-led research methodologies, building the capacity of Aboriginal researchers, and monitoring the implementation of health research in the Kimberley.
The grant from Lotterywest will contribute towards support staff, developing training and resources, information technology and other supports to create avenues for community involvement in research and health services.
As stated by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:
“It is fantastic that through Lotterywest, the McGowan Government is able to support the establishment of the Kimberley Aboriginal Health Research Alliance.
“All the organisations that will form part of the alliance have a strong track record in both research and in delivering better health outcomes for people in the Kimberley.
“The research that will come about as a result of this investment will improve service delivery, health care practice and improved health outcomes for the Kimberley region.”