From humble beginnings, born out of a need to identify and disseminate relevant information across the country, the HealthBulletin started life as a hard copy publication in April 1982. HealthBulletin founder and long-time editor, Professor Neil Thomson (former Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet) had an enduring interest in translational research. Professor Thomson said ‘My initial research in 1981 as Research Fellow in Aboriginal health at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (now the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies) confirmed the impression I’d gained while working in the Kimberley region of WA in 1978-79 as a GP, that much relevant information failed to reach many people involved in Aboriginal health. Information was either not published or, if it was, was not readily available. In addition, published information was scattered across many journals and other sources. The ‘Aboriginal Health Project information bulletin’ (as it was first called) was created to enable a more appropriate dissemination of relevant information.’ Professor Thomson retired in early 2015 and passed away in 2016.
To celebrate the 35th year of publication we have reproduced the first issue of the Bulletin. The first edition Number 1, April 1982 (Health Bulletin 1 – Apr 1982) compiled by Professor Neil Thomson, drew our attention to current health topics, recently published research, studies, book reviews and publications. The introduction is worthy of a read as it highlights the need for a resource of this type to support those working to close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health ensuring they had access in one place to the latest research and resources. The current issue of the HealthBulletin, 35 years on as an online Peer reviewed Journal, carries on this proud tradition of providing the most up to date information and making it accessible to those who need it most.