National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing Research Ltd

: Lowitja Institute is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation working for the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples through high impact quality research, knowledge translation, and by supporting a new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers. Established in January 2010, the Lowitja Institute operates on key principles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership, a broader understanding of health that incorporates wellbeing, and the need for the work to have a clear and positive impact. The Institute hosts the Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC (Lowitja Institute CRC) which is funded by the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.

The projects I was involved in really complemented each other, and my learning very well. They seemed perfectly tailored to me - not only did I use most of the subjects/skills learned in my recent degree, but working on the mental health commission project helped give me a better understanding of the field I am returning to.

Ruby Warber, Lowitja

Through learning and engaging with the work conducted at Lowitja I gained new skills and important information regarding the Indigenous health sector and my internship has widened and expanded my view on policy and research.  My time at Lowitja had expanded my knowledge and understanding of Indigenous health research and the work put into producing Indigenous health research reports for policy action. I believe that this would be an enriching learning experience for any Mob interested in a career in policy or in the Indigenous health research sector.

Makalie Owens, Lowitja

I was given greater tasks than I imagined, and genuinely learnt so much more in my 9 weeks than I possibly could've in any university subject or course! I developed a really great in-depth and every growing body of knowledge both about the Indigenous sector, specifically related to health and wellbeing, as well as broader policy and government relation skills.

Bronte Spiteri, Lowitja

Both my dealings with Aurora in facilitating my placement, as well as my six-week internship with the Lowitja Institute, have been entirely positive and an invaluable experience.  I saw this as an exciting opportunity to gain a greater insight into the Public Health sector, something I’d had limited exposure to through my degree.  My internship provided the opportunity to demonstrate my capacity as a valuable team member to both the Institute and myself. This opportunity has been invaluable to both my personal and professional development.

Alex Zurawski, Lowitja

My time at the Lowitja Institute will forever be memorable not only because of the relationships and connections that I built but also how the experience completely changed my perspective on Indigenous health research and what it truly means for Indigenous research to be led and controlled by Indigenous people.

Halima Akanbi, Lowitja