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Partnerships are vital to the work of the HealthInfoNet, and we collaborate with a wide range of organisations and individuals. Most of our partnerships are informal, but the HealthInfoNet has formal agreements with the organisations listed below.

Aboriginal community controlled health services and representative bodies

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia Inc

The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia Inc. is the peak body for 19 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in WA.

Government departments of health and Indigenous Affairs


HealthInsite is an Australian Government initiative, funded by the Department of Health and Ageing, which aims to improve the health of Australians by providing easy access to quality information about human health.

We are a HealthInsite 'information partner'.

Non government agencies

Alzheimer's Australia

Alzheimer's Australia is the peak body providing support and advocacy for Australians living with dementia. Alzheimer's Australia administers leading edge national dementia programs and services funded by the Commonwealth as well as providing national policy and advocacy for Australians living with dementia. Alzheimer's Australia represents, at the National level, the interests of its federation of State and Territory members on all matters relating to dementia and carer issues

Our partnership with Alzheimer's Australia addresses Dementia.

Asthma Australia

Asthma Australia is the recognised national community voice of Australians with asthma and linked conditions and their carers. It comprises the Asthma Foundations from each state and territory working together on national policy, advocacy and programs and promoting research. Asthma Australia is a national non government incorporated body with no political affiliations, committed to working respectfully with Indigenous and other Australians to close the gap and help people with asthma and linked conditions to breathe better. The partnership will facilitate and promote cooperation and collaboration between Asthma Australia and the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet with the ultimate goals of: Making accurate, relevant, up-to-date, high-quality information on asthma in the Indigenous community freely available to those working or studying in this area Connecting users of the respiratory section of HealthInfoNet to Asthma Australia services.

Our partnership with Asthma Australia addresses respiratory health (LungInfoNet).

The Australian Lung Foundation

The Australian Lung Foundation was established in 1990 to 'ensure lung health is a priority for all in Australia' . This is achieved through provision of leadership, advocacy, information support for research, patient, and carer, support education and training and working with and through other organisations.

Our partnership with the Australian Lung Foundation addresses respiratory health (LungInfoNet).

National Inhalants Information Service

The National Inhalants Information Service (NIIS) strives to increase knowledge and awareness of inhalant abuse and to enhance the ability to respond to inhalant abuse across Australia in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Our partnership with the NIIS addresses the use of inhalants among Indigenous people.

National Rural Health Alliance (NHRA)

The National Rural Health Alliance (NHRA) is the peak non-government body for rural and remote health in Australia. It is made up of 34 national organisations representing health consumers, healthcare professionals, students, educators and researchers, and Indigenous health interests. The Alliance's member bodies work collaboratively to achieve its Vision of health and wellbeing in rural Australia. It takes a broad view of health and has a keen eye on the social and economic determinants of health and wellbeing. The Alliance believes that all Australians should have equitable access to appropriate health services, regardless of geographical location. Meeting the challenge of good health in rural and remote areas will continue to depend in part on strong partnerships between individuals, organisations and governments located in both metropolitan and rural areas.

Rural Health West

Rural Health West is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization. As the workforce agency for Western Australia, they aim to work collaboratively with organisations and individuals to ensure that the health needs of rural Western Australians are met by a high-quality, sustainable health workforce. The staff of Rural Health West are committed to supporting health professionals and their families in fulfilling the opportunities offered by life in the unique State of WA.

The National Heart Foundation of Australia

The National Heart Foundation of Australia is dedicated to providing information and support to Australians affected by cardiovascular disease. For more than fifty years the Heart Foundation has been leading the battle to improve heart health and prevent premature death and suffering from cardiovascular disease for all Australians. As a charity they work with the community to help all Australians live in heart healthy environments, to identify and help those most at risk of heart disease, to encourage people to act quickly when having a heart attack and to care for people living with heart conditions.

Professional association

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, one of two colleges in Australia are responsible for setting and arbitrating standards for the medical specialty of general practice, is committed to creating better care for rural and remote communities by providing quality education programs, innovative support and strong representation.

The College is responsible for setting professional standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development. General practitioners who achieve these standards are recognised through the award of Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. They receive full vocational recognition for Medicare purposes and are able to practise in any location throughout Australia. The College also plays an important role in supporting medical students and junior doctors considering a career in rural practice.

The agreement between both organisations is to facilitate and promote cooperation and collaboration, as a part of their commitments to 'closing the gap' in Indigenous health outcomes.

The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM)

The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) is a peak organisation of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections. ASHM draws on its experience and expertise to support the health workforce and to contribute to sector domestically and internationally.

Congress of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Nurses and midwives (CATSINaM)

Congress of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Nurses and midwives (CATSINaM) was founded in 1997 to formally represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives. CATSINaM is made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives, students of nursing and midwifery and has retired nurses and midwives as associate members. CATSINaM’s primary aim is to increase the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into nursing and midwifery.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Inc.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Inc. is the peak body in Australia representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals and students. It provides support and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous allied health professionals and students and builds strong leadership capacity across the allied health and Indigenous health sectors. IAHA works closely with organisations, universities and other related sectors to improve health curricula, address allied health workforce issues, and promote allied health careers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It provides expert advice to governments, allied health professional bodies, educational institutions and the health sector in relation to health policy and issues.

SA Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS)

SA Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS) was established in 2004, to enhance community wellbeing and reduce the harms associated with alcohol and drug use. As the peak body, they provide independent, state-wide representation, advocacy and support for non-government organisations working in the alcohol and other drug sector, through networking and policy development.

SANDAS is a not-for-profit association funded by the SA Health and the Commonwealth Department of Health and various bodies on a project basis as well as its membership.

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health's (SARRAH)

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health's (SARRAH) primary objective is to advocate for, develop and provide services to enable Allied Health Professionals who live and work in rural and remote areas of Australia to confidently and competently carry out their professional duties in providing a variety of health services to rural and remote Australians. SARRAH's ongoing vision is to continue to assist with and enhance further development of a networked membership which is proud, passionate, valued and connected with their communities and partnerships, and through this become recognised and influential in policy development and service delivery

Research Centres

Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health

The Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), a research centre within the University of Adelaide, undertakes research and research training in population oral health. ARCPOH has a special focus on the oral health of Indigenous people.

Our partnership with the ARCPOH enables coverage of our section on oral health.

The Indigenous Eye Health Unit (IEHU)

The Indigenous Eye Health Unit (IEHU) at the University of Melbourne undertakes high quality research and provides the evidence base to assess the needs in Indigenous eye health and prioritise specific intervention strategies. The Unit also contributes to policy development in Indigenous eye health. The Unit operates the National Trachoma Surveillance and Reporting Unit and has produced a number of publications including Critical history of Indigenous eye health policy: towards effective system reform and a report on the provision of eye health services.

The Brien Holden Vision Institute

The Brien Holden Vision Institute at the University of New South Wales aims to help provide excellent and equitable vision care solutions for everyone, everywhere. Through collaborations with leading research and industry organisations the Institute works to develop innovative vision correction products for the treatment of the most common eye conditions. It also seeks to apply its vision research more broadly in other medical applications. In partnership with local governments, health care providers, education institutions and communities, the Institute works to build sustainable eye-care systems through service development, education, training activities and related research in developing communities worldwide.

Kulunga Research Network

The Kulunga Research Network, formed in 1999 as a partnership between the Telethon Institute of Child Health Research and the WA Aboriginal community through then WA Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (now AHCWA, the Aboriginal Health Council of WA), conducts research and training aimed at improving the health and whole-of-life expectations for Aboriginal children and families in Western Australia.

Our partnership with Kulunga aims at cooperating in relevant research, educational and training programs, and raising awareness of Indigenous maternal and child health issues and research.

Lowitja Institute

The Lowitja Institute, Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research, is an innovative research body that brings together Aboriginal organisations, academic institutions and government agencies to facilitate collaborative, evidence-based research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is a collaborating research partner

Menzies School of Health Research

The Menzies School of Health Research (MSHR), established in 1985, aims to improve health outcomes, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and disadvantaged populations, through excellence and leadership in research and training.

Our partnership with the MSHR enables an expanded coverage of our section of ear health and hearing, and support of the EarInfoNetwork.

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), based at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW, is responsible for research and surveillance aimed at reducing the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases and improving vaccine uptake in children and adults.

NCIRS also provides independent expert advice on all aspects of vaccine preventable diseases and social and other issues related to immunisation. The Centre has a strong role in postgraduate training and supervision.

Our partnership with the MSHR enables an expanded coverage of our section of ear health and hearing, and support of the EarInfoNetwork.

National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

Established in 1988, the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) contributes to the overall aim of the National Drug Strategy, which is to minimise the harm associated with drug use. NDRI addresses this aim by undertaking research designed to establish the preventative potential of legislative, fiscal, regulatory and educational interventions. Harm minimisation recognises that drug use, both legal and illegal, is a fact of modern society and while use may be reduced to a degree, there will always be a need to protect people from the harmful consequences of drug use.

NDRI and the HealthInfoNet collaborate in the dissemination of information that facilitates the reduction of harmful alcohol and other drug use among Indigenous Australians.

The Research Centre for Injury Studies (Flinders University)

The Research Centre's mission is to contribute to reducing the burden of human injury and adding to knowledge of its nature, causes, effects and control The Centre has a strong foundation of statistical knowledge, skills and experience combined with public health expertise. Staff of the Centre undertake research, surveillance, analysis, consultation, and teaching, and disseminate information on injury control and related matters to public health and other practitioners, academics, government and the community. These activities are often undertaken in collaboration with other individuals and organisations The centre houses the national Injury Surveillance Unit which is a collaborating unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Our partnership with the Research Centre for Injury Studies (Flinders University) addresses Injury prevention.


Australian Policy Online

The Australian Policy Online (APO) has been offering easy access to much of the best Australian social, economic, cultural and political research available online since 2002. APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. As well as research, the site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focused on the policy issues facing Australia. The website and news service are considered essential reading for anyone interested in public policy issues in Australia

Last updated: 26 November 2015
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