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The first meeting of Congress Lowitja, held at the Aboriginal Health College at Little Bay in Sydney on 23 and 24 March, provided the opportunity for stakeholders to consider the Lowitja Institute's research agenda in the context of Indigenous health developments and the experiences of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) and its predecessor, the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Tropical Health (CRCATH).
The Lowitja Institute, Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, is named after the senior Yankuntjatjara Elder and national Aboriginal leader, Dr Lowitja O'Donohue. It has been developed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the pioneering research work of the CRCAH and the CRCATH and the new Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (CRCATSIH), which is being funded from January 2010 to June 2014. The Institute has been established as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and structured as a public benevolent institution. It will continue the underlying philosophy of the CRCs: that knowledge development is best accomplished through working partnerships between researchers, government and Indigenous-led service providers, and that research priorities should be set by the Indigenous end-users of that research.
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