The Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award 2016

Assoc. Professor Gail Garvey


The Lowitja Institute and the Cranlana Programme have partnered to offer this award that has been established to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research leadership and excellence.

The award is a fully funded position in the Cranlana Programme’s Executive Colloquium. It recognises an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health researcher who has demonstrated leadership and excellence within the Indigenous community nationally and/or internationally.

The Cranlana Programme’s Executive Colloquium is an intensive six-day course designed to allow senior leaders develop complex decision-making and leadership capabilities. It is a rigorous and rewarding programme of intellectual inquiry, and a vital step toward practical wisdom and ethical clarity – qualities critical for today’s increasingly complex, ambiguous and uncertain environment.

Eligibility criteria

Application was open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers who

  1. have made a significant contribution to their academic field (see scope of research below)
  2. have been in a research leadership role for a minimum of 3 years.

Scope of research

  1. research for the benefit of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  2. the scope of research disciplines is broad and could include, for example, basic science, medicine,  epidemiology, public health, social health and community health
  3. the work should be nationally and/or internationally recognised.

Selection criteria

  1. Demonstrated leadership in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander research.
  2. Demonstrated research benefit for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  3. Demonstrated contribution to capacity development and community strengthening,
    1. building on skills and abilities of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and community.
    2. support and / or mentoring for other Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers.
  4. Demonstrated contribution to development of Indigenous knowledges and research methodologies.
  5. Please describe how you would benefit from participating in the Cranlana Executive Colloquia Programme?


  • A position in one of the Cranlana Programme’s Executive Colloquia during 2017
  • Travel and accommodation, if applicable.

The awardee will be notified two weeks prior to the announcement, which will be at the Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016 on 8–10 November 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.