The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program was established at The Kirby Institute in 2007. The Program works collaboratively across sectors to close the gap in health disparity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people, with a key focus upon sexual health and blood borne viruses.
The overall objective of the Program is to enhance the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in responding to STIs, HIV and viral hepatitis. This objective is accomplished by working effectively to improve sexual health and BBV health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia by conducting rigorous, ethical, timely and culturally appropriate research.
The program has four  main domains of activity that aim to increase the level of Sexual Health and BBV knowledge within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
1. Research: To conduct research in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the areas of STIs, HIV/AIDS and other BBVs.
2. Surveillance: To support existing surveillance activities and to identify innovative new areas and methods of surveillance that will benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
3. Capacity Building: To work with existing health services to enhance the capacity of existing systems and workforces in the areas of sexual health and BBV service delivery; research; and surveillance.
4. Information dissemination through the development of a comprehensive clearinghouse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health initiatives including surveillance and research
The Program works closely with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation , it’s State and Territory based Affiliate organisations and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to make a difference to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.