NOTICE: Information about Congress Research during the COVID-19 pandemic
Updated 18/8/2020
Congress is a major health care provider in central Australia, this being the township of Alice Springs and the remote communities of Amoonguna, Ntaria, Santa Teresa, Utju and Mutijulu. In response to COVID-19, our core priority over the coming months is the health and well-being of our clients, staff and the communities we service.  
Therefore, Congress would like to advise that any non-essential services, such as research, in all Congress sites (remote and urban) may be put on hold at any time without notice. Please remain diligent in staying informed regarding COVID-19 in Central Australia through the relevant communication networks. 


NEW PUBLICATION:  A guide for health researchers working with Aboriginal people in central Australia 

This Guide is for researchers who want to know how to work safely, respectfully, and appropriately with Aboriginal people of central Australia. It introduces important considerations like Aboriginal community expectations and cultural protocols, with the aim of fostering high quality, culturally safe, responsive and trauma-informed research. Research conducted in this way can be of benefit to the researchers and their institutes as well as the Aboriginal people and communities who work with them. The Guide was developed under the Aremella Arratyenye-ileme: Doing It Right research project led by Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Congress). Access the guide here.

Research at Congress

Congress has a strong commitment to research at both a strategic and operational level. Prior to 2015 there was no separate research function within the organisation. In 2015, Congress added a research section, operating under the Public Health Division. This relatively new service area has grown from undertaking limited formal research to managing research projects of varying complexities under the leadership and administration of a research manager and support from a research team. We have employed over 20 local researchers, with the majority being Aboriginal, on over 10 different research projects with as many different partners. 

Congress is a founding member of the Central Australian Academic Health Science Network, a partnership between health services, health/medical research organisations and educational institutions in Central Australia with the aim of undertaking collaborative work to benefit the health of Central Australians.

 Congress partners with research institutions across Australia to conduct research in the following areas that are in line with our research priorities:

1.    Clinical care

2.    Health promotion and disease prevention

3.    Actions on social, cultural, economic and political determinants of health and wellbeingResearch Priorities

Congress' Research Strategy 2019-2023

Read the Congress' Research Strategy here.

Congress is committed to:

  • Conduct collaborative world class research that translates to development of a comprehensive evidence base to guide effective practice and policy;
  • Develop sustainable research capacity in health and medical research especially within the Aboriginal community controlled primary health care sector;
  • Promote best practice approaches to clinical service delivery and public health;
  • Promote engagement of Aboriginal people in research, health and healthcare;
  • Adhere to standards of the Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee; and
  • Adhere to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ethical Guidelines for Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Partner with Us

To assist in understanding our governance processes, check out the Congress Research Approval Flowchart.

To discuss or propose a research project in partnership with Congress, complete and submit an expression of interest or contact the research manager.

To make an application to conduct research in partnership with Congress, complete and submit a research application form.

Research applications will be considered against the Congress Research Assessment Criteria Guidelines. 

All Congress Board-approved research projects must submit a Six-monthly Progress Report and a Final Report.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent to four (4) weeks prior to the research subcommittee meeting (see Congress Board Meeting Dates)

Forms and Downloads


Thursday, 9 June 2022

Research Application  Submission Date

Research Subcommittee Meeting Date

Congress Board Meeting Date

Monday, 17 January 2022

Thursday, 17 February 2022

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Monday, 28 February 2022

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Thursday, 14 April 2022

Monday, 25 April 2022

Thursday, 26 May 2022

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Monday, 20 June 2022

Thursday, 21 July 2022

Thursday, 4 August 2022

Monday, 15 August 2022

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Monday, 10 October 2022

Thursday, 10 November 2022

Wednesday 23 November 2022

NB: dates subject to change


Research Submission Deadline

Board Meeting Dates*


Monday, 31 January 2022

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Monday, 18 April 2022

Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Monday, 13 June 2022

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Monday, 15 August 2022

Wednesday, 14 September

UTJU (Areyonga)

Monday, 10 January 2022

Thursday, 10 February 2022

Monday, 4 April 2022

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Monday, 18 July 2022

Thursday, 18 August 2022

Monday, 12 September 2022

Thursday, 13 October 2022


Monday, 7 February 2022

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Monday, 11 April 2022

Thursday, 12 May 2022

Monday, 11 July 2022

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Monday, 26 September 2022

Thursday, 27 October 2022

MPWELARRE (Santa Teresa/Ltyentye Apurte)

Monday, 21 February 2022

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Monday, 23 May 2022

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Monday, 25 July 2022

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Monday, 17 October 2022

Tuesday, 15  November 2022

WAHAC (Ntaria / Hermannsburg**)

Monday, 14 February 2022

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Monday, 30 May 2022

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Monday, 1 August 2022

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Monday, 3 October 2022

Wednesday, 2 November 2022

* dates subject to change 

** joint service delivery with Central Australian Health Service

 For more information, contact the research manager at or (08) 8959 4725