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The HealthInfoNet 'began life' in September 1997 as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Clearinghouse. Our origins, however, can be traced back to 1981, when the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies established a research fellowship to enable the collection, synthesis and dissemination of information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Our founding Director, Professor Neil Thomson, was appointed in May 1981 to that research fellowship, which involved two main functions:
Our work in the late 1990s focused on adapting these functions to take advantage of the expanding Internet – which assisted the first function, and revolutionised the second.
Our current name – which was adopted in 2000 at the time of a major re-development of the resource – reflects the fact that our functions are well beyond those of a 'clearinghouse'.