We are an Aboriginal-owned and operated research centre for community wellbeing located in Midland in Western Australia. Our research activities are based on the principles of empowerment, sustainability and cultural security for all Aboriginal people.


Our work is community-driven, translational research with an emphasis on capacity building and policy translation.  We recognise the importance of cultural, social and emotional wellbeing, early intervention and prevention.

A key aim of our research is that it makes a sustainable positive difference to the lives of Aboriginal children, their families and community.  We are committed to ensure that the research is translated into real-life grass-roots resources and programs.  In this regard, Koya Aboriginal Corporation and other community organisations play a key role in ensuring that our research results in community development initiatives. 

Our Centre is an initiative inspired and developed by the local Noongar community. The driving force behind its development is Associate Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker. Over the past few years we have benefitted through formal partnerships with Murdoch University and the City of Swan.  In 2012 Professor Fiona Stanley AC, founding Director, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, became our Patron.

Our Centre is a member of the Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing (CRE).  The CRE is a strategic program of intervention research focused on achieving radical and sustainable change in Aboriginal communities and improving the lives of Aboriginal people. The CRE partners include the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University of Technology, Baker IDI, and the Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH). In 2010, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) awarded the CRE a $2.5 million grant towards the work of a group of ten Chief Investigators headed by Professor Fiona Stanley AC.