About the Cluster

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Innovation Cluster (ATSIRIC) was established in early 2013. This cluster seeks to facilitate a united research partnership between members of the University of Newcastle, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and relevant health and community organisations in order to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The establishment of the ATSIRIC also falls under the values and objectives of the University of Newcastle Strategic Plan, NeW Directions.

Cluster Aims

Through the alignment of research with the needs and wants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the ATSIRIC will have a primary focus on improving the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in areas including health, education and community engagement.

ATSIRIC aims to build relationships and create networking opportunities that can lead to research ideas, funding, supervision, and interagency events as well as the creation of positive, dynamic change for Indigenous communities that we service and work with.

Research Projects undertaken by the cluster will be conducted in a manner that considers all aspects of community in the design and execution of research projects. That is, researchers plan projects with a central tenet of spirituality and integrity, consider elements of reciprocity, responsibility, respect, survival and protection of community and, ultimately, equality.

Further Information

Participation in the cluster is open to UON researchers, community members, industry and government partners. We always welcome expressions of interest from potential participants. Please contact Newcastle Innovation via email or phone +61 2 4921 8777 for further information.

Banner Image: The banner image is taken from an artwork which hangs in the Birabahn Building on the Callaghan Campus and was painted and presented to Wollotuka by two Pintupi Women, Irene Nangala and Yuyuya Nampitjinpa, during a visit to Newcastle in November 2000. The artwork represents the images and colours the women saw when they visited the Newcastle area which, they commented, were a huge contrast to their own country in the Western Desert area.