Monash Partners acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which our ten partner organisations stand, the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders – past, present and emerging, and wish to extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people.
Monash Partners has established the Ngarru Arweet Network of health professionals, academics, researchers, hospital staff and consumer partners who all share a passion for better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Ngarrgu (Nah – rah – goo) Arweet (Ar, as in ‘are’ and weet, as in ‘wheat’) are the Woi wurrung words for ‘knowledge’ and ‘leadership’, the language of the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of the land on which our ten partner organisations stand. We wish to acknowledge the efforts of Andrew Gardiner in working in partnership with us and consulting with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation to bring this name to our network. As a community of practice, the network will enable interactions, discussions, collaborative activities and relationship building to learn from one another, strengthen indigenous research capacity and progress the priorities of our health service member organisations.
Monash Partners is committed to strengthening Indigenous research capacity to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There are well described health inequities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people under-represented in health and medical research as well as senior management and executive roles across the health sector.
This shortfall in the Indigenous health workforce compounds health disparities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and places pressure on current Indigenous health professionals and researchers. Growing and supporting Indigenous researchers is critical to the development, translation and evaluation of health care and research to address these inequities.