Indigenous Health

The MACH is committed to supporting Indigenous health as a research priority, and building capacity among Indigenous researchers as part of its national work with the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA).


Incredible research of all varieties underway across its partner sites includes work in data sovereignty, genomics, infectious diseases, eye health, and childhood development.

The MACH Indigenous Health Subcommittee began its work in May 2018 by mapping the breadth of research and practice being done across its 18 partner sites (see May 2018 infographic at left). The mapping highlights MACH network’s incredible capacity to address the most pressing priorities affecting the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. 

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In November 2018, we held our first MACH Indigenous health research day, entitled "Hearing Our Voices: The Importance of Community Engagement and Innovation in Indigenous Health Research", which brought together over 150 academics, students, allied health workers and community partners from across Victoria and Australia in collaboration and celebration. 

The day also enabled us to hear from Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers about their work, their motivation and their dedication to Indigenous health research in video form.

You can explore the MACH videography project here.

The MACH Indigenous Health Subcommittee

A more formal MACH Indigenous Health group with aims of collaborative research and innovative projects formed in February 2019 (further membership details to come), led by: 


  • A/Prof Luke Burchill, University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital (Chair)

  • Prof Sandra Eades, University of Melbourne 

  • Prof Elif Ekinci, University of Melbourne and Austin Health

  • Prof Stephanie Brown, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

The MACH is also represented at the national-level Australian Health Research Alliance's Indigenous Research Network and Capacity Building group by Prof Sandra Eades and A/Prof Luke Burchill. The AHRA subcommittee is committed to growing Indigenous research capacity across Australia. 

For more information about the MACH Indigenous health network, our priorities and activities, please contact MACH Project Officer Ms Evelyn Johnson:


MACH is an NHMRC recognised Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre.

The mission of MACH is to improve health and wellbeing by integrating medical research, education and clinical care.


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