Improving Indigenous health and wellbeing over the family life course

This project aims to reduce Indigenous health inequalities, a major social and economic problem, by improving the policy relevant evidence base on the determinants of Indigenous health and wellbeing.

A person holding a baby


This project will compare the impact of the family life course on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous mothers and children. It will use survey data that follows them over time to:

  1. Identify family structures that enhance or harm health and wellbeing
  2. Track changes in health and wellbeing before, during and after family transitions (i.e. births, relationship changes).

Anticipated results are better targeted policy interventions to reduce Indigenous health inequalities.

Project details


ARC Linkage Grant

Project team

Professor Belinda Hewitt (Chief investigator)
Professor Maggie Walter (Chief investigator)
Ms Fiona Skelton (Principal investigator)


Prof Belinda Hewitt