Indigenous Australians

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land on which we are located—the Bidjigal people of the Eora Nation—and extend our respects to the Elders, both past and present, and other Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people who work and study at UNSW. As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning and research practices within this university, may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of this country.

In our research with Indigenous communities, we have respectfully used the term Aboriginal to refer to people resident in NSW and the term Indigenous to refer to national or international populations. This research draws from our core interests in sexual health and blood-borne viruses as well as other important health areas such as cancer.

Research is supported by our cultural mentor/advisor who works with our Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff to ensure that our research is of the highest standard and is culturally sensitive.



Cancer among Aboriginal people: pilot study

This pilot study was conducted to develop a larger project (APOCC) regarding the experience of Aboriginal people diagnosed with cancer.  Read more...

Patterns of cancer care among Aboriginal people (APOCC)

In partnership with Cancer Council NSW, this qualitative project was conducted about the experiences of Aboriginal people with cancer, their carers and health workers. Read more... 

Sexual health and relationships among young Indigenous people (Goanna project)

This is the first Australian study of knowledge, risk practices and health service access for sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Read more...

Aboriginal people living with hepatitis C in New South Wales

This study involved surveys with over 200 Aboriginal people living with hepatitis C and follow-up interviews with 39 participants to discuss their experiences of care and decisions about hepatitis C treatment. Read more...

Injecting drug use among Aboriginal people in New South Wales

This study examined the experiences of Aboriginal people who obtained equipment for injecting drug use from pharmacies.


We welcome any comment or feedback on our projects.

Contact Professor Carla Treloar by email or phone +61 (2) 9385 6959