Collaborations to improve the health of Aboriginal people

Aboriginal Health

The Sax Institute works in partnership with a number of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) to enable Aboriginal-led research in a range of projects that aim to empower Aboriginal communities in the pursuit of better health services and outcomes.

Through this partnership, ACCHSs nominate their research priorities, control how the research is conducted and take the lead in determining what works for them and their communities.

What we do

  • Embed Aboriginal research into the fabric of policy, program and service delivery decisions
  • Work in partnership with ACCHS partners focusing on work that involves gathering data and evidence to support ACCHS priorities
  • Bring expertise to the topics and challenges identified by the ACCHSs
  • Support action in response to new evidence through engagement with policy agencies
  • Build capacity in Indigenous-led health research

Our focus areas

Learn more about the important work we’re doing in these key areas:


Measuring the impact of innovative Aboriginal-led health programs.
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Cancer and healthy ageing

Ground-breaking research led by Aboriginal communities into healthy Indigenous ageing, cancer and cancer care.
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Children and young people

SEARCH is Australia’s largest long-term study of the health and wellbeing of urban Aboriginal Children
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Contact us

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ACCHS partners

We work with four Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services: Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation, Western Sydney Aboriginal Health Service (interim services are being provided by WentWest), Awabakal Newcastle Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd, Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation.