Improving Indigenous health and wellbeing (ARC Linkage)

Associate Professor Belinda Hewitt, Professor Maggie Walter (University of Tasmania) and Fiona Skelton (Department of Social Services)

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. This project compares the impact of the family life course on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous mothers and children.

The project 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 (ie births, relationship changes)