Partnerships are central to almost every endeavour in relation to Indigenous health – be it research, teaching and learning or community engagement. They have underpinned and supported our teaching and research in a range of ways. The University's residential colleges, for example, are important enablers to Indigenous development, as they can provide Indigenous students with a supportive environment on campus in which to both learn and live.

Our Chair of Indigenous Health and Director of Onemda, Professor Kerry Arabena, has a strong commitment to partnering with community organisations, for example, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). Such an approach leads to a greater acceptance by Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people that working in an equal partnership with researchers can lead to improvements in health outcomes for their community.

We have a diverse range of funding partners, some of whom – like the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation – have provided us with the long-term support and funding needed to institute real change in Indigenous health. However, it is our community partners, often enabled by our funders, who ground our work in community needs. A good example of this sort of partnership is the Indigenous Eye Health Unit's teaming up with the Melbourne Football Club.

Kerry Arabena
Kerry Arabena - Chair of Indigenous Health
"Partnerships are opportunities to extend development processes and joint learning." Kerry Arabena, Chair of Indigenious Health

Reconciliation Action Plan: A Progress Report (PDF)