The Indigenous Statistical and Information Advisory Group (ISIAG) was established in 2016. It provides the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) with expert advice and guidance on national information and statistics about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (First Nations) people in order to steer the production of high quality, relevant and accessible information. Specifically, the ISIAG will provide expert advice to the AIHW on:

  • AIHW projects including the content and methods of such projects, and the subsequent presentation and communication of the findings.
  • current and emerging information needs and priorities about the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 


The ISIAG is chaired by Professor Yin Paradies. The meetings are held via videoconference at least twice per year.


The Advisory Group is a multidisciplinary group whose members are key experts in areas of the health and wellbeing of First Nations people, relevant data and/or statistical methods.

Membership as at 21 July 2023 (names are listed alphabetically)
Member nameAffiliation
Prof Yin Paradies (Chair)
Wakaya man from the Northern Territory
Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Race Relations, Deakin University
Dr Jason AgostinoNational Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
Dr Fadwa Al-YamanAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Prof Tony BarnesCharles Darwin University
Dr John BryantBayesian Demography Limited
Prof Pat Dudgeon
Bardi woman from the Kimberley, Western Australia
School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia
Prof Gail Garvey
Kamilaroi woman from New South Wales
School of Public Health, University of Queensland
Associate Professor Kalinda Griffiths
Yawuru woman of Broome, Western Australia
Poche SA+NT, Flinders University & Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Alliance
Prof Ian RingTropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University
Prof Leonard R SmithSchool of Demography, Australian National University
Dr Mark Wenitong
Kabi Kabi tribal group of south Queensland
Lowitja Institute

Contact us

Secretariat support for the ISIAG is provided by the First Nations Health and Welfare Group at the AIHW.

ISIAG Secretariat
AIHW GPO Box 570
Canberra ACT 2601

Email: [email protected]