Congress’ research service endeavours to meet the strategic imperatives of; accountability for outcomes, quality improvement of services and programs and listening to the people it serves.

Congress partners with research institutions to conduct research in core business areas of:

  1. Medical Care: This research relates to the diagnosis and treatment for management and prevention of Aboriginal illness and disease;
  2. Social and Preventative Care Programs: This research examines links between family and social environments for prevention of illness and disease; and
  3. Actions on Social Determinants: This research examines the impact of housing, education, employment and access to justice and empowerment on Aboriginal health.

Congress research partnerships:

  • 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; and
  • Adhere to standards of the Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee.

To view a copy of Congress' Research Register including current, past and approved research projects click here.

To prepare and submit an application for research with Congress, download and complete a Congress Research Application here.

All Congress Board approved research projects must submit a six-monthly progress report and a final report, please download the form here.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent to four (4) weeks prior to the Research Subcommittee Meeting. 

Research Submission Deadline Research Subcommittee Meeting Congress Board
Monday 23 February Monday 13 March Thurs 13 April
Monday 1 May Monday 29 May Thurs 15 June
Monday 26 June Monday 24 July Thurs 10 August
Monday 21 August Monday 18 September Thurs 5 October
Monday 16 October Monday 13 November Wed 29 November

NB: Dates subject to change

Research Submission Deadline Board Meeting
Thursday 23 March Thursday 20 April
Tuesday 23 May Tuesday 20 June
Tuesday 4 July Tuesday 1 August
Wednesday 13 September Wednesday 11 October
Wednesday 1 February Wednesday 1 March
Tuesday 25 April Tuesday 23 May
Tuesday 25 July Tuesday 22 August
Tuesday 2 September Tuesday 3 October
Tuesday 7 February Tuesday 7 March
Tuesday 4 April Tuesday 2 May
Tuesday 18 July Tuesday 15 August
Tuesday 19 September Tuesday 17 October
Tuesday 14 February Tuesday 14 March
Tuesday 11 April Tuesday 9 May
Tuesday 13 June Tuesday 11 July
Wednesday 20 September Wednesday 18 October
Thursday 23 February Thursday 23 March
Wednesday 31 May Wednesday 28 June
Wednesday 2 August Wednesday 30 August
Tuesday 26 September Tuesday 24 October

NB: Dates subject to change

For more information, contact the Research Coordinator on (08) 8958 4898 or via email at