Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research
The Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research (CIHER) is a flagship for Indigenous health equity research in Northern Australia. CIHER conducts high-impact applied research to ensure that Indigenous nations gain full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.
Directed by Gungarri researcher Professor Roxanne Bainbridge and deputy director A/Prof Janya McCalman from the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity, CIHER has a national focus and extended international networks with research groups, communities, services, government and industry to collaboratively meet the priority health needs and aspirations of local and international Indigenous communities.
CIHER sets a pioneering agenda for change in health by nurturing research that is meaningful and directly relevant to the lives of Indigenous people. Social justice principles of Indigenous sovereignty, engagement, leadership, priority setting and nation building underpin CIHER’s management.
Equality vs. Equity
Equality is assuming that everyone starts from the same place, whereas equity is about fairness and ensuring access to the same opportunities.
The Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research capabilities are in system sciences, public health equity research, impact assessment and evaluation, health economics, evidence reviews and translation/advocacy.
CIHER offers opportunities in research capacity strengthening and education to build the next generation of researchers.