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 Professor Adrian Miller, 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. Professor Miller is of the Jirrbal people of North Queensland and is the Deputy Vice President Indigenous Engagement and BHP Chair in Indigenous Engagement at CQUniversity.
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.
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.
CIHER sits within the CQUniversity Office of Indigenous Engagement (OIE) in the Research Division. The OIE plays a pivotal role at CQUniversity in providing leadership to improve higher education and research outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The office drives informed policy development to influence the way in which the University provides higher education, training, research opportunities and engagement that expresses a deliberate destiny for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Equality vs. Equity
Equality is assuming that everyone starts from the same place.
Equity is about fairness and ensuring access to the same opportunities.