Indigenous families

Our research expertise

For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, family and kin relationships are a central part of social and cultural life. Australian Indigenous families are extremely diverse in terms of their structure or dynamics but whatever form they take, strong families are pivotal to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities. Understanding both the challenges to Indigenous families, and their strengths, is thus key to successful policy making and program and service delivery.

Our research on Indigenous families has included:

  • identifying the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices in family life
  • building safe and supportive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • supporting vulnerable and at-risk Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.


Stewart Muir
Research Fellow

Kelly Hand
Deputy Director, Research

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