The Morrison Government will sponsor the Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference to be held in Darwin from 18 to 20 June 2019.


As a Principal Partner, our Government will provide $220,000 (GST inclusive) to support the Institute’s important role to develop and advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.


The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research with a sole focus on the health and wellbeing of First Australians.


The Morrison Government’s sponsorship will have direct benefits for First Australians working at the grassroots level in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and non-government organisations.


Sixteen people will receive bursaries to attend the conference and have the opportunity to meet with and learn from leading researchers and experts—insights which they can then share with their communities.


Targeted research enables a better understanding of the underlying causes of poor health in First Nations people. This major gathering of local and international experts will lead to improved health outcomes in First Australian communities.


This sponsorship is in addition to the Morrison Government’s recent announcement of support for the new Indigenous Health Research Fund—a 10-year research program funded from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

The $125 million Indigenous Health Futures research initiative supports practical, innovative research into the best approaches to prevention, early intervention, and treatment of health conditions of greatest concern to Indigenous communities—avoidable blindness and deafness as well as ending rheumatic heart disease.


Better research will lead to better health outcomes for First Australians, now and into the future.