The Kulunga Research Network grew out of the 1994 Bibbulung
Gnarneep project: one of the first Aboriginal research projects at
TICHR, and one which began the building of Aboriginal research
Officially formed in 1999, Kulunga acted as a partnership between TICHR and the WA Aboriginal community through the WA Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, now the Aboriginal Health Councile of WA (AHCWA).
It's name is taken from the Noongar word meaning 'child': fitting for a network that is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of all Aboriginal children.
Kulunga aims to (1) facilitate high quality research that is community based and culturally safe, (2) develop the capacity of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to conduct high quality research with Aboriginal communities, (3) facilitate the translation of research into policy and practice and (4) act as an advocate for Aboriginal families in public policy development.
Kulunga plays an important function in maintaining the links of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research links to the State's Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) at the community level and through the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (ACHWA) at the State level.
Kulunga has an extensive track record of undertaking a range of research with Aboriginal community and community based organisations. All research undertaken by Kulunga is designed to support Aboriginal community interests and priorities and incorporates a set of research protocols and principles that aim to ensure genuine participation and engagement of Aboriginal people. All work undertaken by Kulunga adheres to the National Health and Medical Research Council's values and ethics with regard to conducting health research with and in Aboriginal communities.