A forum on translating research into policy and practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health has outlined priorities for action on evidence gaps across the stages of the life course, from maternal and child health through to older adults.
The NHMRC Translating Research into Policy and Practice (TRIPP) Forum Report outlines the outcomes of a forum held in May 2016 that brought together key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and stakeholders to discuss research translation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and to identify evidence practice and policy gaps.
The report shows that top three priorities nominated by participants in the area of children’s health were social determinants of health, child safety and protection, and parenting and grandparenting. For youth, the priorities were wellness, mental health and data and demographics, while for adults, they were access to data and bureaucracy, prevention, primary health care and whole system health.
Themes that cut across all areas included social determinants of health, cultural determinants of health, epigenetics, data and demography, nutrition, health system and services, and transitions between the stages of the life course.