Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

We conduct cutting-edge innovative and multidisciplinary large-scale research in areas across the social and cultural determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

Our approach across the program is to conduct research in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, communities, and organisations, and to frame our work using a strengths-based approach, where possible.

Our research focus areas include:

Research topics

  • Culture and health

  • Family and community safety

  • Cardiovascular health

  • Smoking, drug and alcohol use

  • Obesity and nutrition

Research methods

  • Reframing epidemiological analysis (strengths-based)

  • Quantitative methods capacity building and training

  • Methods of analysis for small samples

  • Mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative)

Research translation (Implementation and Policy)

  • Large-scale data analysis for policy and implementation

  • Program evaluation

  • Evidence and literature reviews

  • Research communication

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health data governance

  • Maiam nayri wingara: Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network

Program Leader


Program Leader

Dr Raymond Lovett BN, RN, BHSc, MAE, PhD is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow and Research Fellow with the Epidemiology for Policy and Practice group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University. He also holds an adjunct Fellowship at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in the Indigenous Social and Cultural Wellbeing group. Ray is an Aboriginal (Wongaibon) epidemiologist with extensive experience in health services research, large scale data analysis for public health policy development and evaluation.

Our Team


Postgraduate Students

  • Ms Sarah Bourke
  • Ms Roxanne Jones


Updated:  20 September 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Webmaster