Wominjeka / Welcome
The University of Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which it operates. The University has campuses and facilities on the lands of the Kulin peoples, which includes the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung Wathaurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung peoples, as well as the Yorta Yorta nation. We pay our respects to their Elders, both past and present.
The University of Melbourne extends a warm welcome to all Indigenous peoples, researchers and others interested in Indigenous studies.
The University has a strong commitment to supporting Indigenous development in Australia and to helping address the disadvantages faced by Indigenous Australians in health, employment and education, and this is reinforced and supported through its Reconciliation Action Plan.
The Indigenous Hallmark Research Initiative has been a key element of the University's commitment, providing information on Indigenous research conducted at the University of Melbourne to prospective and current Indigenous researchers, and connecting to a strong Indigenous research community.
The Initiative's work has been fundamental to the establishment in 2020 of the INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE INSTITUTE as one of the Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes. The Indigenous Knowledge Institute is intended to be the focal point for indigenous research activity and programs at the University.
During the Institute's establishment phase, please contact email@example.com for information.
Actively seeking to increase the engagement with and impact of the University's research in Indigenous studies, enhanced by close working relationships with Indigenous communities, and to nurture, recruit and retain Indigenous researchers to build a stronger Indigenous research cohort both within and beyond the University. Expanding our understanding of the challenges and opportunities confronting Indigenous peoples in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as embracing Indigenous knowledges, and exploring these issues in the broadest sense via multidisciplinary collaboration, we look to improve knowledge and understanding for the benefit of Indigenous communities and Australian society as a whole.
Professor Shaun Ewen, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous)
Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Capability)
The Indigenous Hallmark Research Initiative conducted a successful program of activities which built the foundation for the establishment of the Indigenous Knowledge Institute (2020).
As well as its role in relationship building and as an information 'hub' for Indigenous research the Initiative hosted a suite of research-enabling programs.
Key programs which cemented the success of the Initiative are noted here
PhD Familiarisation Programs
- HASS Indigenous Familiarisation Program 2019
This program was offered for future Indigenous researchers across the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, law, business and education, to --
Inspire future researchers to further explore their research project ideas.
Inform future Indigenous PhD researchers of the opportunities and tailored support available for them at the University.
Connect future Indigenous PhD researchers with academic mentors, other Indigenous students and support services across the University.
- Annual PhD Familiarisation Program
Hosted annually for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people considering a PhD.
These fully-funded, two to three day programs, introduced potential supervisors and guided participants through the admissions process. The programs offered workshops on research skills development and the opportunity to connect with some of Australia's most prominent Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers.
Place and Partnerships Conference 2018
"Indigenous research relationships & place-based projects at the University of Melbourne"
This conference showcased research from across the University addressing the theme of place-based research and Indigenous research partnerships. Academic teams - alongside the Indigenous organisations and communities who partner with us - presented projects that focus on building relationships and delivering tangible outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The place-based research agenda prioritised innovative and locally defined solutions to contemporary problems. In health, education, justice, linguistics and many other fields, attention to place enables the development of sustainable relationships based on reciprocity and collaboration.
Teams described research, or teaching and learning projects that included ongoing Indigenous partnerships and place-based engagement. Presentations focused on the relationship development that underpins research outcomes or translation, including:
- Projects which respond to community needs and priorities, or which support community-driven research agenda
- Addressing the geographical contexts of research, such as relationships on Country, or place-based responses to governance or service delivery
- Partnerships which demonstrate continued development over time, including teaching and learning projects.
Priority was given to presentations which included Indigenous collaborators, organisations or representatives, and with a substantial focus on relationship development and maintenance. The conference provided an innovative combination of presentations, roundtables, workshops and PechaKucha.
Seed Funding Scheme 2016 and 2017
The Indigenous Hallmark Research Initiative offered seed funding grants in 2016 and 2017. The scheme supported interdsicplinary research projects in the field of Indigenous research, with the primary purpose of building capacity and supporting new and emerging areas of Indigenous research.
This seed funding scheme was successful in:
Supporting and prioritising new areas of Indigenous research to enhance the University's capabilities in this area;
Funding highly innovative small-to-medium-scale interdisciplinary research projects that showed potential for future funding by granting bodies; and
Catalysing the drawing together of academic staff from across disciplines to work on the interdisciplinary problems consistent with the broad research objectives of the IHRI.
- Funded Projects 2016
Planning for economic development and diversity on the Tiwi Islands | Lead researcher: Dr Jane Elith, Faculty of Science | Partner: Tiwi Land Council.
Miminni and Burri: A report card of health outcomes in the Goulburn Murray Region | Lead Researcher: Prof Bill Adam, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry & Health Sciences | Partners: Kaiela Institute, Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative, Goulburn Valley Health, Greater Shepparton City Council.
Art as voice: Indigenous epistemologies for research on arts and for practice-based research in Australia | Lead researcher: Dr Sally Treloyn, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music | Partner: Wilin Centre, CDU.
Indigenous news database and case studies on Indigenous news media | Lead researcher: A/Prof Margaret Simons, Faculty of Arts | Partners: Guardian Australia, IndigenousX.
Improving the health service access utilisation of young Aboriginal people in Melbourne | Lead researcher: Dr Simon Graham, Faculty of Medicine Dentistry & Health Sciences | Partner: Victorian Aboriginal Health Service.
- Funded projects 2017
Improving care of Indigenous Australians with diabetes in rural communities | Lead researcher: Dr Elif Ekinci | Partner: Rumbalara Aboriginal Health Service.
Collaborating, building and broadcasting in Wadeye, Northern Territory | Lead researcher: Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker | Partner: Thamarrurr Development Corporation.
Digital solutions for capturing connectedness and mobility data in remote Indigenous communities | Lead researcher: Dr Katherine Gibney | Partners: Menzies, Northern Institute, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.
New approaches to improve nutrition in Indigenous children ina remote Yolngu community | Lead researcher: Dr Sarah Hanieh | Partner: Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation.
Enhancing the educational experience and outcomes of Indigenous doctoral students | Lead researcher: Dr Mikki Moodie | Partner: University of Melbourne Indigenous Graduate Students Association.