Research priorities

Congress partners with research institutions across Australia to conduct research that supports the Congress Strategic plan.

Our vision

All Central Australian Aboriginal people, are empowered through their cultural, economic, social and family life to enjoy the best of health and wellbeing.

Our Purpose

We are an Aboriginal community controlled comprehensive primary health care service that provides supportive, non-judgemental services in Central Australia, including:

  1. Clinical care
  2. Health promotion and disease prevention
  3. Actions on social, cultural, economic and political determinants of health and wellbeing

All research will be in line with our research priorities under the following themes:


  1. Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service

Congress is committed to the delivery of Aboriginal community- controlled comprehensive primary health care. This theme focuses on better understanding and improving the way we work. Research topics such as models of care, cultural safety, program evaluations, workforce retention and development as well as client inclusion are important to Congress.


  1. Preventable Chronic and Communicable Conditions

Chronic and communicable conditions are a major contributor to the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people living in central Australia. Research in this theme will seek to understand and improve the way we prevent conditions such as childhood anaemia, obesity, food security, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and sexually transmissible infections.


  1. Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs

This theme looks at research that assists us to understand and address the complexities of mental health and drug and alcohol abuse. Using a strengths based approach and a focus on primary prevention, key research topics such as trauma, suicide, alcohol and smoking will be investigated under this theme.


  1. Cultural and Social Determinants of Health

Research within this theme will look to better understand and address the impacts of cultural and social determinants of health on central Australia Aboriginal people.  Key research topics that are important to Congress are: housing (overcrowding), environmental health, employment and sustainable economy, education and training, safe communities, domestic and family violence.




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