The link between health and wellbeing and constitutional recognition
The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. It is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, named in honour of its patron Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, AC, CBE, DSG. The Institute was established in 2010, emerging from a 14-year history of cooperative research centres.
The Lowitja Institute has led an initiative called Recognise Health, which promotes understanding of the important link between health and wellbeing and constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The initiative has brought together a coalition of 125 leading non-government organisations across the Australian health system in support of constitutional recognition. These organisations have signed the following statement (https://www.lowitja.org.au/recognisehealth/statement).
We call on all Australians to support recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.
We look forward to a time when all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people can fully participate in all that Australia has to offer, enjoying respect for our country’s first cultures and leadership, and the dignity and benefits of long healthy lives.