Improving Indigenous Health and Wellbeing over the Family Life Course

Status: 2016-2020

Staff: Associate Professor Belinda Hewitt

Improving Indigenous health and wellbeing over the family life course. In collaboration with Professor Maggie Walter (University of Tasmania) and Fiona Skelton (Department of Social Services).  Australian Research Council Linkage project (2016 - 2020).

Indigenous health inequality is a major social and economic problem in Australia. This project compares the impact of the family life course on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous mothers and children. It uses survey data that follows them over time to: 1) identify family structures that enhance or harm health and wellbeing, and; 2) track changes in health and wellbeing before, during and after family transitions (i.e. births, relationship changes). In collaboration with the Department of Social Services the project aims to improve the policy relevant evidence base on the determinants of Indigenous health and wellbeing to enable the development of effective policy to reduce Indigenous health inequalities.

ARC funding $200,000 awarded.