The CRCATH's core focus was on research that would improve Aboriginal health; but alongside research sat two key elements of that platform: research transfer and capacity development.
In the area of research transfer, the CRCATH drew considerably on the work of Jonathon Lomas and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF 2001; Lomas 1997) to inform both its thinking and practice.
The CRCATH also carried out its own research into how research could be made most effective in the Aboriginal health context (Brands n.d.; Matthews et al.
The CRCATH had a focus on building overall capacity to carry out high-quality research in Indigenous health.
As the CRCATH was drawing to the end of its life span (CRCs are funded for seven-year periods), the Links Project identified that a number of barriers remained in ensuring Aboriginal direction of the research agenda.