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 Meeting
Monday 1 January Monday 29 January  Thursday 15 February 
Monday 19 February*Monday 19 March*     Thursday 19 April 
Monday 7 May Monday 4 June  Thursday 28 June 
Monday 2 July Monday 30 July  Thursday 23 August
Monday 13 August Monday 10 September *Thursday 4 October*
Monday 8 October*Monday 5 November*Wednesday 28 November*

*no new research applications will be reviewed at this meeting

NB: Dates subject to change

Research Submission Deadline Board Meeting Dates
Thursday 1 February Thursday 1 March
Thursday 5 April Thursday 3 May
Thursday 14 June Thursday 12 July
Tuesday 28 August Tuesday 25 September
Tuesday 23 January Tuesday 20 February
Tuesday 27 March Tuesday 24 April
Tuesday 12 June Tuesday 10 July
Thursday 13 September Thursday 11 October
Wednesday 31 January Wednesday 28 February
Wednesday 4 April Wednesday 2 May
Wednesday 6 June Wednesday 4 July
Wednesday 12 September Wednesday 10 October
Thursday 8 February Thursday 8 March
Tuesday 17 April Tuesday 15 May
Tuesday 19 June Tuesday 17 July
Tuesday 18 September Tuesday 16 October
Tuesday 13 February Tuesday 13 March
Tuesday 24 April Tuesday 22 May
Tuesday 10 July Tuesday 7 August
Tuesday 25 September Tuesday 23 October

NB: Dates subject to change

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