* Community Testimonials
* Project Testimonials
* Student Testimonials

Here are just some of the things our stakeholders are saying about us.




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Kathy Guthadjaka, senior elder from Gäwa [spoken in Yolngu Matha] (MP4 24MB via vimeo)

Gwen Warmbirrirr, Nyäḻka Millingimbi Women's Aboriginal Corporation (PDF 69KB)

Miriam Yirriṉiṉba, Raki Mala Indigenous Consultants (PDF 67KB)

Joy Bulkanhawuy, Raki Mala Indigenous Consultants (PDF 58KB)

Project Testimonials

Throughout this time, I have been continually reminded at just how utterly crucial NI is to the Northern Territory (and Australia’s) research and policy landscape by the incredible willingness to explore a diversity of ideas around policy development in the NT.

My experience has been that through shared learnings with NI, government can better reflect on its own policy development and processes by understanding and realising the inherently critical role that process plays. Indeed, process is now inseparable from the outcome.

Time and time again, NI researchers are only too willing to critically explore and problematize policy issues that often remain overlooked or simply neglected. Where policy-makers are often constrained and confounded by any number of governmental systems and inevitably become bogged down in bureaucratic minutiae, NI offers incredible insight that help to disrupt the status quo with a view to creating a more environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically equitable Northern Territory.

Nathan Evans, Director Policy
Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Department of the Chief Minister
Northern Territory Government

I would have no hesitation in working with any of the team from the Northern Institute in future as their professionalism and understanding of the indigenous culture of Australia is second to none. They bring an acute understanding of culture, the challenges and even solutions for issues not often considered due to its complexity.

Alby Marsh, Stakeholder Relationships Manager – Māori
The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited

NI’s focus on making sure that research is connected to stakeholders has enabled us both to do rather routine but important work (analysing human resources data, for example), and encourage people to think more strategically about the challenges they face and the ways they might address those challenges. I know that Dean and his team have been successful in attracting other grants in Sweden and Canada, and we are delighted to have been part of the process that has led to this success over the past several years.

We continue to develop the collaboration by designing some new projects to look at eHealth, the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in remote communities, and ‘the future of small villages’. Our partnership with NI is, I believe, essential to our future success. Even though we are headquartered in opposite parts of the world, we face similar challenges, and we need new thinking and original approaches to problem solving.

Dr Peter Berggren
Director of the Centre for Rural Medicine (Storuman, Sweden)

Working with the Northern Institute, I found them to have a strong focus on the social agenda in remote communities, and very significant expertise around engagement work in remote contexts. This supports the development of strong relationships through the research process, and also raises the question of how to operationalize or continue capacity development in community after the outcomes and findings are complete.

With greater support there could be a continuity of projects and their implementation, which would impact social change in a more comprehensive and complete manner. Unfortunately it is often funding that dictates where the focus remains and it seems that once a project is completed, then it is about moving on to where the next one will be. It would be beneficial if projects could allocate significant investment towards action and implementation of findings at the community level so the local people can witness the change and appreciate the link between the research and the social changes.

Tanyah Nasir
Tanyah Nasir Consulting Services


NI researchers engaged with the community in an open and friendly manner, they stood back and observed how things ran, without being intrusive or overpowering. I believe this approach allowed community members to feel comfortable and trusting when they eventually worked with the researcher.

One important distinction in the way NI works with communities is by allowing the people to direct and lead their own work. Researchers give options but not directions or rules.

Sam Nowland, Research Officer
Darwin Aquaculture Centre
Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries

The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) has had a very positive experience of  working with the Northern Institute for Heat Stress in Northern Australia. Menzies collaborated with the Northern Institute on developing a proposal: Assessment of heat stress and recommendations for management at a mine in the Northern Territory. Menzies is also conducting the data analysis of a survey of heat stress at a utility company in the Northern Territory. Six-monthly face-to-face meetings are planned, with a meeting occurring in Darwin this week, to share work to date, identify opportunities for further collaboration, finalise the research plan including a plan for funding applications. In future Menzies will seek to strengthen the collaboration with the Northern Institute through more regular communication.

Emma Field
Senior Research Officer
Menzies School of Health Research