Onemda VicHealth Koori Health

Project Details

Onemda VicHealth Koori Health is committed to research and teaching that is underpinned by principles of Indigenous community development and will lead to long-term improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

photo of Professor Kerry Arabena

Figure1: Professor Kerry Arabena (Chair of Indigenous Health, Director of Onemda, and Indigenous Health Equity Head)

We value partnerships that will encourage and support the Koori Community to participate in our activities to ensure that the work we do is respectful and relevant. Since Onemda's beginning, we have appreciated the support of Community Elders. We have also extended our partnerships beyond the local community by building national and international links. 

We take care to build an academic program based on Indigenous values and principles, but which also respects the contribution and cultural background of all those that work with us. Our approach brings perspectives from staff in a variety of academic disciplines including health sciences, social sciences, history, political science, education, health promotion, public health and child health. Current projects include a data linkage project to examine Victorian Aboriginal child mortality, a review of the requirements for effective implementation of health promotion activities in the Indigenous community setting, and a heart health project examining cardiovascular and renal outcomes in relation to baseline risk factor status in central Australia.  Onemda's research themes are:

  • Early years
  • Culture and identity
  • Good population data
  • Health enablers
  • How we teach, learn and research


Professor Kerry Arabena

Associate Professor Jane Freemantle

Emily Munro-Harrison

Madelyne Hudson-Buhagiar

Elle McLachlan

Rebecca Ritte

Alister Thorpe

Research Group

Indigenous Health Equity

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care, Data science, health metrics and disease modeling

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

Unit / Centre

Indigenous Health Equity