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News & Events October 9, 2023
Indigenous Voice to Parliament Yes23 in map of Australia logo on blue background.

Leading WA research organisation, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, has pledged support for the Indigenous Voice to parliament.

The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (the Perkins) backs the formal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and asserts that a ‘yes’ outcome for the Voice would be a meaningful and united step toward reconciliation.

Perkins Director, Professor Peter Leedman AO, says that the Indigenous Voice would be an important opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of First Australians.

“At the Perkins, our mission is to deliver better health outcomes that keep families together for longer.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a lower life expectancy and their burden of disease is 2.3 times that of non-Indigenous Australians, which presents a major health issue that we should be aiming to address,” Professor Leedman says.

“We aim to deliver the science that improves the health outcomes for all Australians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to enhance their wellbeing and longevity.

“The proposed advisory body is an opportunity to improve decision-making, reverse disadvantage, enhance health and wellbeing outcomes while supporting Indigenous governance in Australia.”

The Perkins recognises the Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation, the traditional owners of the lands where our Institute operates, and pays respects to their elders, past and present.