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About Carbal Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research

What we do at The Carbal Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.

Carbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services originated from the efforts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to establish a culturally safe and secure health service in Toowoomba that could comprehensively address the health needs. Carbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services (Carbal) is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Care Organisation (ATSICCHO).

Carbal is a dynamic service provider securing our position at the cutting edge in health provision, design and implementation. This includes not only medical service and delivery but also the social and cultural health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. As such, and based on over 8 years’ experience working with multiple funding bodies and universities, Carbal Aboriginal Medical Services Board of Directors made a decision to create the, ‘Carbal Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research (CIHR)’. Carbal Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research has three main objectives:

  1. To grow workforce capacity and mentor aspiring Indigenous researcher in medical health research.
  2. To reshape the way we think about Indigenous Health research, including how we engage with communities and build strength-based outcomes.
  3. As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) we aim to develop programs that prepare and build knowledge for researchers and participants. There include online training modules and face to face workshops.

CIHR is led by Associate Professor Maree Toombs. Dr Toombs is an Aboriginal woman with cultural linage to the Kooma people of Western Queensland and Euahlayi People of North Western N.S.W. Dr. Toombs is the University of Queensland’s Director of Indigenous Health, Rural Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Toombs also holds a QLD Children’s Hospital Foundation Fellowship and leads three National Health Medical Research Council grants. Her expertise is in mental health, suicide intervention amongst Indigenous Australians and exploring the interface between Indigenous and Western research methodologies. Dr Toombs success is based on co-designed high-impact research led by the priorities identified by participating communities. Dr Toombs expertise has her well placed to lead CIHR.

In addition to Dr Toombs expertise, we have a dedicated multidisciplinary team of world-class researchers with expertise ranging from Acute Respiratory Illness, public health, including paediatric and reproductive medicine, bio chemistry and Cell Biology, Microbiology, Oncology and Carcinogenesis to name a few.  The team is strident and each researcher is passionate in their area of expertise working hard to close the gap that exists between the health disparities in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and the rest of contemporary Australian society.

Our commitment to the continued improvement in the provision of holistic health and wellbeing services will provide the foundation for CIHR’s research footprint.

Reshaping the way we think about Indigenous Health research, including how we engage with communities and build strength-based outcomes.

 

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