Chief Investigators

Professor Kerin O' Dea - Professor of Population Health and Nutrition at the School of Population Health, UniSA


Professor Robyn McDermott - Professor of Public Health at the School of Population Health, UniSA


Professor Kevin Rowley - Senior Research Fellow, Onemda, VicHealth Koori Health Unit, Melbourne University


Professor David Roder - Professor and Chair of Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health at the School of Population Health, UniSA


Professor Leonie Segal - Chair of the Health Economics and Social Policy Group, UniSA


Research Administrator

Khloe Xu (UniSA, Adelaide) 

National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant: Improving chronic disease outcomes for Indigenous Australians: Causes, Interventions, System Change


Diabetes and cardiovascular diseases occur in epidemic proportions among Indigenous Australians, with very early age of onset and high rates of preventable complications. This NHMRC awarded Program Grant (2011-2015) brings together a multi skilled team of senior and junior researchers from leading Australian Universities with Indigenous partners to better understand the development of these conditions, and to guide the development of diet, lifestyle, clinical and health system interventions in order to minimise their adverse impacts and improve health overall.

Research Aims

The collaboration brings together researchers, institutions and projects that centre around three research major Program Grant aims: 

Aim 1: To better understand the causal pathways leading to diabetes, vascular and renal disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations across the life course.

Aim 2: Evaluation of interventions (health promotion, clinical and health systems) directed at reducing the impact of the high burden of these chronic conditions.

Aim 3: To build capacity for population monitoring, intervention, and workforce development to support and sustain indigenous health researchers, information systems and analytic ability to enhance capacity for Indigenous health research and policy formation over the coming decade.


Partner Organisations

The Program Grant is a collaboration between:

The University of South Australia

The University of Melbourne

The University of Adelaide

The Menzies School of Health Research


Latest news

For information about the recent activities of the Program Grant including appointments, awards, and scholarships, please visit the news section.

Knowledge exchange

The Program Grant team activities relating to publications, conferences, workshops and collaborative meetings to date can be found here


The Program Grant team are primarily located in Adelaide at the following address:

University of South Australia
GPO Box 2471  CWE-48
Adelaide SA 5001

Contact Us

Media enquiries:
Please visit the Media Centre

All other enquiries:

UniSA - Adelaide
Khloe Xu
t - +61 8 830 22405
e -

Madeleine Mallee
p: +61 8 8302 1056

Areas of study and research

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