Strategic Plan 2015–2018

Preamble

When Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue agreed to have the Lowitja Institute named after her, she entrusted in us her spirit and energy, her values and priorities. Dr O’Donoghue told us to be a courageous organisation committed to social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to match words to action, to achieve real tangible and immediate outcomes. Also, to be known throughout Australia as a strong and sustainable organisation working fearlessly for change and improvement in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our strategic plan and all the work that follows will honour Dr O’Donoghue’s vision.

1. Purpose

To value the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The context of our purpose:

As the national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Islander health research, a significant responsibility rests with the Lowitja Institute to provide leadership on work that will result in improvements to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To achieve this, the Lowitja Institute will embrace those who likewise share a firm commitment in valuing the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our work encompasses all areas that contribute to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including the social and cultural determinants of health and wellbeing. The work of the Lowitja Institute will be ambitious, rigorous and culturally safe. We will directly contribute towards our people achieving their greatest potential.

2. Vision

The Lowitja Institute will be an authoritative and collective voice for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health and wellbeing

Our vision narrative:

The Lowitja Institute will pursue a new generation of solutions that will make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will facilitate work that benefits Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples first and foremost. To do this, we will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priorities and collective ways of working. We will ensure that our work recognises the strength and agency of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The knowledge we provide will be culturally ethical and intellectually rigorous.

3. Aspirations

The Lowitja Institute will facilitate research and knowledge exchange that improves the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We will strengthen the Lowitja Institute’s ability to influence policies, programs and practices that reflect the Institute’s vision while ensuring that we endure into perpetuity.

3.1 To facilitate research and knowledge exchange that makes a positive difference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health and wellbeing

Strategies:
  • Facilitate research and knowledge exchange that is world-class, culturally ethical and advances the purpose of the Institute

  • Work with partners to contribute in practical ways to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health and wellbeing.

3.2 Through our research, knowledge exchange and advocacy, to impact policies, programs and practice that will improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Strategies:
  • Translate research into more effective policies and programs
  • Influence national agendas and priorities which impact on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health and wellbeing
  • Advocate for programs that have shown positive results and/or promise.

3.3 To be a strong and sustainable organisation

Strategies:
  • Continue to develop capacity to address current and future opportunities and challenges
  • Develop a plan for the Lowitja Institute to thrive into perpetuity.
Created: 11 December 2015 - Updated: 11 December 2015