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The HealthInfoNet 'began life' in September 1997 as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Clearinghouse. Our origins, however, can be traced back to 1981, when the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies established a research fellowship to enable the collection, synthesis and dissemination of information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Our founding Director, Professor Neil Thomson, was appointed in May 1981 to that research fellowship, which involved two main functions:

Our work in the late 1990s focused on adapting these functions to take advantage of the expanding Internet – which assisted the first function, and revolutionised the second.

Our current name – which was adopted in 2000 at the time of a major re-development of the resource – reflects the fact that our functions are well beyond those of a 'clearinghouse'.

HealthInfoNet 20th anniversary film and timelines:

In September 2017, the HealthInfoNet celebrated 20 years.
To mark this major milestone we have produced a short film describing our 20 year history which features some of our staff. The film was produced by us in house. In addition we have produced three 20 year timelines. The history timeline gives a brief overview of key milestones. The publications and projects timelines show the diversity and wealth of work that we have contributed to the sector over the past 20 years. 



Last updated: 21 September 2017
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