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The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre will be internationally recognised for innovative and transformative research for the best start in life across the first 2,000 days (conception to age 5).

Our research is underpinned by a social justice framework that actively addresses inequity and discrimination with a focus on the following priority areas: 

  • Redesigning, optimising and evaluating health services, focussing on:  
    • Birthing on Country services 
    • Midwifery 
    • Maternal child health  
    • Health services research and applying implementation science 
    • Community-based participatory action research 
  • Investing in the health and research workforce 
    • Cultural safety of the workforce  
    • Building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce capacity 
  • Strengthening family capacity 
    • Maternal, child and family health and wellbeing
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing 
  • Engagement with communities and systems  
    • Innovative and inclusive models of community engagement and governance through partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and communities 
    • Strength-based, solution-focused research responsive to community priorities 
    • Co-designing research to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and doing, and
    • Providing research-based health system leadership. 
MWRC team with CDU College Dean, Catherine Turner
The research team with CDU College Dean, Catherine Turner at the CDU launch of the new centre