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$4.6 million to support Indigenous researchers

Investigating culturally-appropriate social technologies to improve connectedness and wellbeing among Indigenous Australians, examining the development of resilience and wellbeing of Indigenous youth, and researching culturally sensitive ways to teach Indigenous students are some of the important research projects to be undertaken by Australia’s Indigenous researchers with funding announced.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Ms Leanne Harvey, has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, of $4.6 million for 11 new research projects through the ARC Discovery Indigenous scheme.

Ms Harvey said the Discovery Indigenous scheme was important as it develops and supports the research expertise of Indigenous Australian researchers.

“The researchers involved in the 11 projects announced will support excellent basic and applied research, as well as research training, by Indigenous Australian researchers,” said Ms Harvey.

Some of the research projects that will be undertaken by the Discovery Indigenous researchers commencing in 2017 include:

  • Dr Christopher Lawrence from The University of Melbourne will use $473,000 to investigate culturally-appropriate social technologies to improve connectedness and wellbeing among Indigenous Australians.
  • Professor Rhonda Marriott from Murdoch University will lead a $371,000 project to examine the development of resilience and wellbeing in Indigenous youth, to better understand the connections between age, cultural identity, resilience, wellbeing and risky behaviours.
  • Professor Lester Rigney from the University of South Australia will receive $337,000 to examine how teachers in mainstream middle school classrooms can teach young Indigenous Australians in a culturally sensitive way and improve attendance and learning outcomes.

This announcement of 11 Discovery Indigenous projects is part of the ARC Major Grants announcement totalling $416.6 million for 989 research projects.

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