Data collection for the epidemiological field study of cardio-metabolic health in 54 remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory

Ninti was engaged by the University of Canberra to complete its four-year NHMRC-funded ‘EnRICH’ research and evaluation project. Ninti’s role was to collect community level perceptions by conducting focus groups and interviews in each of the 54 remote Indigenous communities within the NT. Ninti’s Aboriginal Community Researcher network organised focus groups and site visits to all 54 communities across the NT over a 5-month period. The work had to be completed quickly due to the oncoming wet season. The data helped to identify features of the community environment that can be targeted to improve heart health outcomes for Indigenous peoples and the research findings will be used to inform the policy and practice that affect remote Indigenous communities in Australia.