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Date posted: 7 March 2014
The Lowitja Institute have launched a new report in Parliament that revealed what Indigenous health will look like by 2030, using future thinking to predict health trends and what research and resources are needed to Close the gap.
Lowitja O'Donoghue, after whom the institute has been named, says community control will achieve this quickly for Aboriginal people. 'It'll be sooner than later because it'll be us leading the change, and not the government,' said Ms O’Donoghue.
'The report tells us that doing research is not enough, that health research and health practice need to come together at the regional and local levels,' said Lowitja Institute CEO, Ms Lyn Brodie. 'These kinds of theory/practice partnerships will not just be around health but also include all contributing factors e.g. education and justice, as a change in one of these areas could bring flow on change in another.'
Representatives from both sides of parliament expressed their support for the institute's predictions. 'Clearly great challenges remain, they are substantial and they require long term action, this is where the Lowitja report being released today is so relevant,' said Assistant to the Prime Minister, Fiona Nash.
Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Shayne Neumann expressed similar sentiment towards Closing the gap. 'We do want to see an Australia that is successful and celebrates diversity where there is no health inequality in this country,' he said.
Source: SBS, NACCHO Communique