Indigenous Knowledge Institute research theme grant

Employing Indigenous knowledges to understand the intersection between health and justice


In collaboration with the Indigenous Law Hub at the Melbourne Law School, and in partnership with Health Justice Australia, this interdisciplinary project will examine the interface of health, law and culture to articulate how Indigenous knowledges recast deficit-based, siloed health and justice practice models.

Drawing on health justice initiatives in the Aboriginal community-controlled health sector and the Yoo-rrook Commission, this research seeks to build an evidence-based foundation for the work occurring in and through Indigenous organisations to show how Indigenous knowledges inform the development of strengths-based and future-oriented health justice practice models for the benefit of Indigenous people and the broader Australian community.

Key people

Researchers: Dr Eddie Cubillo from the Melbourne Law School, Tessa Boyd-Caine from Health Justice Australia, and Assoc Prof Shawana Andrews, Odette Mazel and Warwick Padgham from Melbourne Poche Centre.


The project is engaging with representatives from ACCHOs who are involved in a health justice partnership, as well as finalising ethics and beginning work on a literature review.