Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Futures Projects

    Our goal is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander empowerment and prosperity across health, education, employment, housing, law, justice, language and culture.

    Aboriginal projects


    NHMRC Capacity Building Grant (456402)

    Building a cohort of Indigenous research leaders in community health development

    Indicative funding: $2,376,107

    The project brings together a team of experienced health researchers supporting six indigenous health scholars to complete PhDs in areas of strategic importance for Indigenous health at the community level. Training received by the PhD students will provide them with the skills to address some of the most pressing Indigenous health issues and equip them to lead the next generation of health research and policy development.

    Chief Investigators: R McDermott, A Esterman, J Buckly, P d’Abbs, Komla Tsey, L Segal; Team Investigators: D Young, S Campbell, S Champion, T Esgin, A Chong, T Agius, M Daniel

    Collaborating School/Institution: School of Education; University of South Australia; Menzies School of Health Research; The Cairns Institute


    Queensland Health

    Implementation of a program of applied research and evaluation focusing on priority issues for the improvement of social and emotional well being and mental health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of North Queensland

    Indicative funding: $1,135,000

    The project aim is to implement a program of applied research and evaluation focusing on priority issues for the improvement of social and emotional wellbeing and mental health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of north Queensland.

    Chief Investigators: Yvonne Cadet-JamesKomla Tsey, Melissa Haswell-Elkins

    Collaborating Schools/Institutions: School of Indigenous Australian Studies; School of Education;; University of New South Wales; Queensland Health, Mental Health Branch


    NHMRC (1076774)

    Psycho-social resilience, vulnerability and suicide prevention: A mentoring approach to modifying suicide risk for remote Indigenous students at boarding school

    Indicative funding: $824,876

    Responsive to concerns of suicide risk for transitioning students by Education Queensland’s Transition Support Service, this study will examine the implementation and effectiveness (including cost-effectiveness) of a targeted mentoring approach that promotes psychosocial resilience against suicide for remote Indigenous students who are compelled to transition to boarding schools. It will contribute practice- and policy-relevant knowledge for education providers and broader Indigenous suicide prevention efforts.

    Chief Investigators: Roxanne Bainbridge, Janya McCalman, Komla Tsey, Ernest Hunter, Patrick McGorry, Mark Wenitong, Yvonne Cadet-James, Anthony Shakeshaft, Christopher Doran, Christopher Lalonde, Leslie Baird, Nerina Caltabiano, Melissa Haswell-Elkins, Sue McGinty, Marie O'Dea, Lynne Russell, Sandy Russo, Katrina Rutherford, Vicki Saunders, Richard Stewart

    Collaborating Schools/Institutions: The Cairns Institute; School of Education; University of Queensland; Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, VIC; Apunipima Cape York Health Council; UNSW; University of Newcastle; University of Victoria Canada; Wontulp-Bi-Buya College; headspace Cairns; Victoria University of Wellington NZ; Education Qld


    Australian Research Council - Discovery Indigenous (IN150100011)

    Developing a framework for measuring Indigenous research benefit

    Indicative Funding: $612,845 over 3 years

    The proposed project will bring together researchers and Indigenous community members to develop a collaborative framework for measuring research benefit. It will address two main 'Closing the Gap' priority areas, Indigenous health and education, by questioning what constitutes research benefit from an Indigenous perspective, and how can the benefits of research be measured to ensure sustainable outcomes for Indigenous communities. The innovation of this project lies in its methodology which will unpack the benefit construct from an Indigenous worldview to enable future research projects to be designed with outcomes in mind that are acceptable and valued by Indigenous beneficiaries and be informed by Indigenous knowledge.

    Chief Investigators: Felecia Watkin, Roxanne Bainbridge, Yvonne Cadet-James, Komla Tsey and Janya McCalman

    Collaborating Schools/Institutions: Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Centre; College of Arts, Society & Education; The Cairns Institute; Central Queensland University


    NHMRC (1062377)

    Quality improvement in Aboriginal primary health care: Lessons from the best to better the rest

    Indicative funding: $598,580 over 3 years

    High performing primary health care (PHC) services are essential to "close the gap" in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes. Little previous research has investigated the contextual factors around a particular service that influence the success of quality improvement initiatives. We aim to transfer knowledge about the processes that facilitate the success of quality improvement initiatives in these services whilst building research and evaluation capacity in the services.

    Chief Investigators: Sarah Larkins, Sandra Thompson, Jacinta Elston, Christine Connors, Komla Tsey, with the help of Dallas Leon, Elizabeth Moore, Jacqueline Ward, Ross Bailie, Ru Kwedza, Tania Patrao and Veronica Matthews

    Collaborating Schools/Institutions: School of Medicine & Dentistry; The University of Western Australia; School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences; Department of Health (NT); The Cairns Institute; Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council; Aboriginal Medical Service; Menzies School of Health Research; Queensland Health


    ARC Discovery Indigenous (IN130100023)

    Inspiring Indigenous youth to build resilience and sustain participation with education and employment: The role of targeted mentoring support

    Indicative funding: $515,000

    This project will develop a model illustrating the attributes and effectiveness of a mentoring program to enhance resilience, and education and employment prospects for Indigenous youth will be developed. The model will inform practice and contribute policy-relevant knowledge toward Government targets of improving Year 12 attainment rates and employment outcomes.

    Chief Investigators: Roxanne Bainbridge, Komla Tsey, Adrian Miller, Christopher M Doran, Anthony Shakeshaft, Roz D Walker

    Collaborating Schools/Institutions: The Cairns Institute; School of Education; Southern Cross University; University of New South Wales; University of Newcastle; Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; The University of Western Australia


    Lowitja Institute

    Sustainable implementation of Indigenous early childhood family support programs that work: a Family Wellbeing (FWB) case-study

    Indicative funding: $503,552 over 4 years

    The aim of the project is to define and develop funding models and mechanisms that can support FWB empowerment program integration and implementation within early childhood family support programs. The FWB program attends to the social and emotional wellbeing needs of the family and in this instance will integrate FWB at different levels to enhance broader community capacity to create supportive environments for children to thrive. A whole of community approach is a defining feature of this project which will bring together Indigenous early childhood family support service providers, policy makers and researchers through collaborative partnerships. Improving the health and wellbeing of children is vital to ensuring that good health continues into adulthood which has implications for positive social, cultural, educational and economic outcomes.

    Investigators: Yvonne Cadet-James, Komla Tsey, Irina Kinchin, Roxanne Bainbridge, Claire Campbell and Jane Mills in collaboration with Catherine Brown, Janya McCalman, H Klieve, Mary Whiteside and Louis McPherson (Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Centre; College of Arts, Society & Education; The Cairns Institute; Central Queensland University; College of Healthcare Sciences; Griffith University; La Trobe University)


    Department of the Environment - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

    Multiple benefits and knowledge systems of Indigenous Land Management Programs (ILMPs) - Economic perspective

    Indicative funding: $490,800 over 4 years (administered by CDU)

    In addition to creating environmental benefits Indigenous land management programs (ILMPs) generate significant social and economic benefits (henceforth co- benefits). But few of those co-benefits have been quantified or compared across ILMPs. Consequently, under or over investments in some ILMPs could arise. When making investment decisions, governments and others require multiple lines of evidence to help them determine if their investments represent ‘value for money’. This project will thus provide quantified, comparable data about the co-benefits of various ILMPs – information that will help ensure more and/or better targeted investments in ILMPs.

    Chief Investigators: Natalie Stoeckl, Michelle Esparon, Daniel Grainger, Silva Larson and Marina Farr (College of Business, Law & Governance)


    ARC Linkage Project (LP100200455)

    National research study of the civil and family law needs of indigenous people

    Indicative funding: $466,157 over 4 years, in partnership with Legal Aid Queensland ($15,000 over 3 yrs); Legal Aid Western Australia ($30,000 over 3 yrs); the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Ltd ($15,000 over 2 yrs); the Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission ($30,000 over 3 yrs) and Victoria Legal Aid ($30,000 over 3 yrs)

    This research will benefit Indigenous communities by improving access and equity in legal services. By identifying and addressing the civil and family law needs of Indigenous people, the research will make a key contribution to improving legal and social justice outcomes. Partner organisations in the research will actively implement the findings to the national benefit, creating more appropriate, accessible and better targeted legal services aimed at meeting identified needs. The research will make an important contribution to the Commonwealth's welfare reform and participation agendas, particularly its Access to Justice Framework as better access to legal services can play an important role in alleviating economic and social disadvantage.

    Investigators: Chris Cunneen, Melanie Schwartz and Larissa Behrendt 

    Collaborating Institutions: The Cairns Institute; College of Business, Law & Governance; University of New South Wales; University of Technology Sydney; Victoria Legal Aid; Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission; Legal Aid Queensland; Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia; Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Limited; North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency Limited; North Australian Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (QLD) Limited; Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia Inc.; Central Australian Aboriginal Family Law Unit

    PROJECT WEBSITE


    ARC Discovery - Future Fellowships (FT110100587)

    Digital relations: New media in Arnhem Land

    Indicative funding: $432,356

    Digital media provide powerful new ways for remote indigenous Australians to participate in a globalising world. Research partnerships between clan groups, community-based Aboriginal organisations, and international institutes will reveal how Yolngu are creatively re-articulating contemporary social concerns and identities via new media forms.

    Chief Investigator: Jennifer Deger

    Collaborating Institution: The Cairns Institute


    ARC Discovery Project (DP130100184)

    A comparative analysis of youth punishment in Australia and the United Kingdom

    Indicative funding: $429,000 over 3 years

    The punishment of young offenders is a major feature of contemporary criminal justice policy. The Youth Punishment Project compares Australian and UK approaches to juvenile punishment and penal policy. The Project will examine developments in juvenile punishment, with a focus on the reasons behind increases in juvenile detention. The Project will examine countervailing influences in youth punishment including risk aversion, children's rights, restorative justice and retribution approaches. The Project uses an innovative multidisciplinary and comparative approach combining law, criminology and penology. A major outcome of the study will be policy-relevant analysis of differing approaches to juvenile penalty and their outcomes.

    Investigators: Chris Cunneen, Eileen Baldry, David Brown, Barry Goldson and Melanie Schwartz (College of Business, Law & Governance; The cairns Institute; The University of New South Wales and University of Liverpool)


    NHMRC (1048069)

    Intervention trial to reduce alcohol related harms among high risk young Indigenous Australians

    Indicative funding: $379,931

    Indigenous Australians experience disproportionately high rates of drug and alcohol harms and young people are particularly vulnerable.  This study will investigate the benefits/costs of combining cognitive-behaviour therapy with a community-reinforcement strategy to reduce substance-related harms among young Indigenous Australians.

    Chief Investigators: Anthony Shakeshaft, Anton Clifford, Komla Tsey, Christopher Doran, Melissa Haswell-Elkins

    Collaborating School/Institutions: University of New South Wales; University of Queensland; The Cairns Institute


    Attorney General's Department - Native Title Anthropologist Grants Program

    So you want to work in native title?: A master class for early career anthropologists working in Native Title [Training]

    Indicative funding: $346,545 over 3 years

    The primary objective of the training program is to develop industry ready anthropologists by delivering a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) intensive course. This course will continue to provide targeted skills-based training to graduate and early career anthropologists who have begun work or are about to commence work in the field of Native Title with a particular focus on Native Title across northern Australia. 

    Investigators: Rosita HenryChris CunneenMichael WoodJennifer Gabriel, Valda Wallace, Felecia Watkin-Lui,  Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, Maureen Fuary, George Skeene, Peter Blackwood, John von Sturmer, David Trigger, Noel Pearson (College of Arts, Society & Education; The Cairns Institute; College of Business, Law & Governance; Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Centre)


    ARC Discovery Project (DP130101121)

    Justice reinvestment in Australia: Conceptual foundations for criminal justice innovation

    Indicative funding: $235,000

    This project will examine the characteristics of Justice Reinvestment programs used in other countries which reduce spending on prisons and reinvest the savings in high crime communities to reduce crime and build community services. This study will analyse whether such programs can be developed in the Australian context.

    Chief Investigators: Julie Stubbs, Melanie Schwartz, Chris Cunneen, David Brown

    Collaborating School/Institution: School of Law; The Cairns Institute; University of New South Wales (Administering Organisation)

    PROJECT WEBSITE


    Brain Injury Australia Inc.

    The development of a culturally appropriate NDIS assessment process for Indigenous persons living with an acquired brain injury (ABI)

    Indicative Funding: $233,405

    There are currently no ABI-specific assessment tools or processes that are culturally appropriate for Indigenous persons. This means that Indigenous persons living with ABI will be at a significant disadvantage in terms of accessing the NDIS-funded care and support that they require. The aim of this project will therefore be to prepare for the transition to an environment that includes an NDIS by developing the following:

    1. a culturally appropriate instrument for assessing functioning, cognitive impairment, and the care and support needs of Indigenous persons with ABI;
    2. procedural guidance for engaging Indigenous persons with ABI and their communities so as to administer the assessment instrument effectively;
    3. a support framework for assessors, including guidelines for training, peer mentoring, supervision, management and review.

    Chief Investigators: Anne Stephens, Derek Brookes, Jennifer Cullen, India Bohanna, Alan Clough, Deborah Graham, Jim Turnour

    Collaborating Schools/Institutions: The Cairns Institute


    Lowitja Institute - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC

    Pathways to resilience: The role of cultural connectedness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents

    Indicative funding: $89,813 over 2 years

    Resilience, the capacity to negotiate and shape environments in which people can respond to life’s challenges in healthy meaningful ways, is key to flourishing in life. But there is an absence of evidence about how pathways to resilience are navigated by culturally diverse populations. With a specific focus on the cultural determinants, this research will explain how pathways to resilience are negotiated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents to sustain their health and wellbeing.

    Chief Investigators: Roxanne BainbridgeJanya McCalmanKomla Tsey, Yvonne Cadet-James, Catherine Brown and Melody Muscat in collaboration with Mark Wenitong (The Cairns Institute; College of Arts, Society & Education; Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Centre; College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences; Apunipima Cape York Health Council)


    National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Ltd

    Project 1: A methodology for conducting routine economic impact assessments of Lowitja Institute’s research projects programs (CEO 007 A)

    Indicative funding: $73,940

    Project 1: The Lowitja Institute requires a methodology to facilitate the routine measurement and assessment of Indigenous health research initiatives funded by the Institute. This project will: a) develop a prototype framework using the existing CRC Impact Tool; b) ensure the framework is accessible to a wider audience; and 3) test the model using a retrospective evaluation of an existing Lowitja Institute project.

    Chief Investigators: Komla Tsey, Andrew Searles, Christopher Doran, Irina Kinchin, Roxanne Bainbridge
    Collaborating Schools/Institutions: The Cairns Institute; School of Education; University of Newcastle; School of Business


    Lowitja Institute

    Academic Program Leader

    Indicative funding: $63,938

    The Academic Program Leader will provide academic leadership, advice on research activities that will enhance the program’s objectives, advice that will enable the development of capacity building and research transfer processes within the scope of your program, and will contribute to building good community relations for the National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Limited (NIATSIHR) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (CRCATSIH).

    Chief Investigator: Komla Tsey

    Collaborating School/Institution: The Cairns Institute; School of Education


    Australian Government - Attorney-Generals Department - Consultancy

    Development of mid-career Native Title anthropologists

    Indicative funding: $47,240 over 2 years

    The grant is to fund four workshops to be held over 5 consecutive days (with a field trip on the third day) aimed specifically at mid-career anthropologists who are concerned with the increasing shift in Native Title practice, from preparing native title claims to concluding them. The workshops (6 hours each of face-to-face contact) will also provide technical training in establishing and running post-determination institutions and incorporated groups. The workshops will provide targeted training for mid-career anthropologists and mentoring opportunities with senior anthropologists. Workshops 2, 3 and 4 will be run collaboratively in conjunction with the Centre for Native Title Anthropology (CNTA), ANU.

    Chief Investigators: Jennifer Gabriel, Rosita Henry and Michael Wood (The Cairns Institute, College of Arts, Society & Education)


    Department of the Environment - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

    Building Indigenous livelihood and co-management opportunities in the Northern GBR-ecosystem services and conservation governance for water quality (Project 2.3.3)

    Indicative funding: $45,000 over 2 years

    This project supports Indigenous co-management and livelihoods by scoping and developing culturally-appropriate ecosystem services (ES) products focused on water quality. Local and regional Indigenous development agencies in CYP will collaborate with researchers with expertise in Indigenous water, co-benefits, ES, wetland ecology, and governance issues. The project will: i) evaluate international examples of nutrient offsets and watershed ES; ii) scope investor demand and develop innovative water quality ES products suitable for Northern GBR geographic, demographic, and market conditions; and iii) improve wetland protection, co-management, business, and governance capability. Key project objectives are to leverage existing ES-based livelihood opportunities and to realize social co-benefits.

    Chief Investigators: Marcus Barber and Allan Dale with the help of Justin Perry, Dion Creek, Tim Jaffer and Michael Winer

    Collaborating Institutions: Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation; The Cairns Institute; Kalan Enterprises; and Cape York Partnerships

    PROJECT WEBSITE


    Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub 

    Research priorities for Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) across northern Australia (Project 5.1)

    Indicative funding: $45,000 over 2 years

    Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) protect biodiversity, ecosystem services, cultural and community values. This collaborative project involving NAILSMA, CSIRO and JCU seeks to prioritise research needs for IPAs. Working closely with IPA managers and other key stakeholders, a sub-component of the project (JCU's focus), will identify: (a) core social, economic and cultural benefits associated with IPAs; (b) gaps in our understanding of the economic 'value' of those benefits; and (c) ways in which stakeholders could use information about the economic 'value' of those benefits in decision making contexts. Results will contribute to the development of a multi-year research plan to help address those priorities.

    Chief Investigators: Natalie StoecklMichelle Esparon, Daniel Grainger, Rosemary Hill, Melissa George and Pethie Lyons in collaboration with Leah Talbot, Fiona Peak, Julie Melbourne and Marina Farr

    Collaborating Schools/Institutions: College of Business, Law & Governance; The Cairns Institute; CSIRO

    PROJECT WEBSITE


    Department of Industry - Researcher in Business (RiB)

    Improving the implementation of social and emotional wellbeing services in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary healthcare

    Indicative funding: $40,084 over 2 years administered by Apunipima Cape York Health Council

    The proposed study is designed and implemented with Apunipima Cape York Health Council in north Queensland. The aim is to identify a process for improving the implementation of social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) services delivered routinely in primary health care services (PHS). Using mixed methods, the project will: (1) identify the current scope of SEWB services in defined rural or remote populations; (2) identify the features of best practice SEWB indicators and service models; and 93) collaborate with PHS to examine the implementation of an integrated SEWB service, including barriers and enablers. These processes will pave the way for evaluation of the impact and benefits-costs of the integrated service in improving SEWB.

    Chief Investigators: Janya McCalman and Komla Tsey with the help of Paul Stephenson and Louise Livingstone

    Collaborating Institutions: The Cairns Institute; Apunipima Cape York Health Council


    North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA)

    1. Northern Australia policy development and sector development
    2. Northern Gulf community development

    Indicative funding: $40,000

    1. This project will develop a policy discussion paper concerning potential for a pan-northern Indigenous response to the Northern Australia White Paper that will support NAILSMA to engage with the wider Indigenous community and negotiate key outcomes with the Commonwealth Government.

    2. This project will support ANGIC to strengthen its governance arrangements to enable the development of critical economic and regional economic opportunities among its key traditional owner member groups.

    Chief Investigator: Allan Dale, The Cairns Institute


    Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine - Research Capacity Building Scheme

    Quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care: Leveraging Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP)

    Indicative funding: $38,000

    Continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives are well-accepted as an effective means for improving quality of care at primary health care (PHC) services. However, there remains significant variation in the quality of care provided between individual services and the degree of response to CQI activities. This is so despite active and effective CQI networks supported by a number of organisations. Understanding the detail of this variability is vital before quality improvement initiatives in Indigenous PHC can be effectively scaled-up and expanded. We aim to enhance understanding of how quality improvement initiatives in Indigenous PHC can be rolled out on a broader scale, particularly in services that face capacity and resource-based challenges, through: i) building on our understanding of how contextual factors interact to facilitate or limit the success of CQI initiatives; and ii) collaborative development and testing of a toolkit of interventions to address barriers to improvement.

    Chief Investigators: Sarah Larkins, Jacinta Elston, Komla Tsey, Emma McBryde, Kerry Copley, Rebecca Evans and Carly Woods with the help of Paul Burgess, Ross Baille, R Wright, V Matthews, S Thompson, Christine Connors and Rachael Ham 

    Collaborating Institutions: College of Medicine & Dentistry; Division of Tropical Health & Medicine; College of Arts, Society & Education; Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine; Aboriginal Medical Service; NT Department of Health & Community Services; Menzies Research Institute; Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council; Queensland Health; The University of Western Australia; and Apunipima Cape York Health Council


    Apunipima Cape York Health Council

    Evaluation of Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) integration within the implementation of the Baby One Program (BOP)

    Indicative Funding: $30,783

    The study aims to evaluate the integration of the social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) within the implementation of maternal and child health (MCH) services in primary health service (PHS) sites for women who are enrolled in the Baby One Program (BOP) and their young children (0-3 years). The program of work will contribute towards and interface with a long-term cohort study through Apunipima led by Sandy Campbell and Rachael Ham.

    Chief Investigators: Janya McCalman, Sandra Campbell, Rachael Ham, Che Stow, Jennifer Seewter, Murtha Kirby, Diana Jans, Faye Humphries, Mark Wenitong, Alan Ruben, Michell Redman-MacLaren

    Collaborating Institutions: The Cairns Institute, Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Apunipima Cape York Health Council


    NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

    Piloting the application of CQWI approaches to the implementation of social and emotional wellbeing approaches across primary healthcare and partner services

    Indicative funding: $25,575 administered by Menzies School of Health Research

    The project informs, and is the first phase towards developing a CQI toolkit for integrating SEWB promotion into family health, child and youth healthcare delivered in comprehensive healthcare settings. The objective is to identify the SEWB indicators that can be used in family, child and youth health to measure: 1) individual empowerment and connectedness; 2) family leadership, resilience and solutions; and 3) SEWB-related services provided through the primary health care service; and how can these be recorded and reported to inform four decision points (initial assessment, comprehensive assessment - adults; comprehensive assessment - children and adolescents; organisational).

    Chief Investigators: Janya McCalman and Komla Tsey with the help of Roxanne Bainbridge, Ross Bailie, Mark Wenitong, Rachael Ham, Sandra Campbell and Andrew Searles

    Collaborating Institutions: The Cairns Institute; College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences; Menzies School of Health Research; Apunipima Cape York Health Council; The University of Newcastle


    Mercy Foundation

    Indigenous women’s homelessness in north and Far North Qld: Toward better outcomes

    Indicative funding: $25,000

    Aim: This project aims to identify and understand the causes, prevalence and nature of homelessness for North and Far North Queensland Indigenous women who are increasingly migrating out of their traditional communities into the local regional centres; to identify the barriers and enablers for improving the housing stability outcomes for Indigenous women experiencing homelessness; and to partner with housing providers (government and community housing) and homelessness services to improve the number of Indigenous homeless women housed in Cairns, Mt Isa and Townsville within the project year.

    Chief Investigators: Valda Wallace, Deborah Graham, Yvonne Thomas, Deb Selway, Sue McGinty, Elizabeth Howe

    Collaborating Schools/Institutions: School of Indigenous Australian Studies; School of Arts & Social Sciences; The Cairns Institute; Queensland Institute of Technology


    Apunipima Cape York Health Council

    Systematic review: Family-centred approaches for early childhood health and wellbeing care

    Indicative funding: $21,107

    The objective of the review is to The Apunipima and JCU partnership proposes to systematically review the literature to answer three overarching research questions: 1) What family-centred approaches have been documented to improve MCH, and what are their effectiveness? 2) What indicators are used to measure the effects of family-centred MCH approaches? 3) To what extent have their costs and benefits been documented?

    Chief Investigators: Janya McCalman, Sandra Campbell, Rachael Ham, Linda Shields, Komla Tsey, Roxanne Bainbridge, Katrina Keith, Karen Edmond, Natalie Stroebl, R Marriott

    Collaborating Institutions: The Cairns Institute; Public Health & Tropical Medicine; Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition; Apunipima Cape York Health Council; The University of Western Australia; Murdoch University; Education


    Department of the Environment - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

    Indigenous capacity building and increased participation in management of Queensland sea country (Project 3.9)

    Indicative funding: $20,000 over 2 years administered by CSIRO

    This project will be carried out jointly by CSIRO, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA), James Cook University, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Duane Fraser. 

    Chief Investigator: Allan Dale (The Cairns Institute)

    PROJECT WEBSITE


    Ninti One Limited 

    Enhancing training advantage for remote Indigenous learners

    Indicative funding: $16,500

    This research project seeks to provide answers to the longstanding questions about how post school training enhances the employability of remote adult learners. In particular, the project will examine programs in remote parts of Australia where rates of retention and completion are relatively high compared to the average for remote Australia. The research aims to achieve this through a series of five case studies. Each case study will examine retention and completion towards employability with individual cases considering aspects of funding models, pedagogy, cultural relevance, pre-vocational literacy, on-the-job training, and block release training (away from communities) compared to on community training.

    Chief Investigators: Anne Stephens, John Guenther, Bob Boughton, Sandra Wooltorton, Janet Skewes, Melodie Bat

    Collaborating Institutions: The Cairns Institute; Ninti One Ltd; The University of New England; University of Notre Dame; Charles Darwin University; Batchelor College


    JCU Rising Star Grant

    A framework for planning, monitoring and evaluating research impact in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

    Indicative funding: $14,950

    Indigenous Australians have been over-researched without corresponding improvements in their health. This project will conduct a participatory systematic review to examine the evidence for approaches that can usefully guide and enhance thinking and practice to maximise research impact in Indigenous Australian health. It will develop an evidence-informed conceptual framework of research impact in Indigenous health that lies at the interface of theory and practice. It will contribute to developing a more coordinated, coherent approach for thinking about and measuring research benefit that is acceptable and responsive to Indigenous needs. It has broader implications for developing research impact assessments in other contexts.

    Chief Investigator: Roxanne Bainbridge

    Collaborating Institution: The Cairns Institute


    Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service

    Evaluation of the Culture Rebound Project, Yarrabah

    Indicative funding: $9,091

    Gurriny Yealamucka Health service has invited JCU to evaluate their Culture Rebound project developed to mentor Yarrabah youth to develop a strong sense of cultural identify and purpose through cultural empowerment; thus developing the capacity of young people to strengthen protective factors and reduce the risk factors associated with suicide. The evaluation will be conducted in partnership with the evaluation of the NSW BackTrack youth mentoring program and reach to Mt Isa Mona project evaluation. Knowledge will be shared across the three sites to examine the domains and activities required for mentoring Indigenous youth to build resilience and support their pathways into education and employment.

    Chief Investigators: Komla Tsey, Janya McCalman, Roxanne Bainbridge, Anthony Shakeshaft with the help of Marian Heyeres

    Collaborating Institutions: The Cairns Institute; University of New South Wales


    National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Ltd

    Project 2: Completion of the CRC Program Impact Tool for the Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC and supporting documentation

    Indicative funding: $8,460

    Project 2 aims to use published epidemiological data and other relevant literature to estimate the Lowitja Institute CRC research impact (2014-2019), using the prescribed Australian Government Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) Impact Tool.

    Chief Investigators: Komla Tsey, Andrew Searles, Christopher Doran, Irina Kinchin, Roxanne Bainbridge

    Collaborating Schools/Institutions: The Cairns Institute; School of Education; University of Newcastle; School of Business


    Menzies School of Health Research - Ext_Source: NHMRC Grant 1078927 CRE IQI

    Quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care: Leveraging Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP)

    Indicative funding: $7,000

    Continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives are well-accepted as an effective means for improving quality of care at primary health care (PHC) services. However, there remains significant variation in the quality of care provided between individual services and the degree of response to CQI activities. This is so despite active and effective CQI networks supported by a number of organisations. Understanding the detail of this variability is vital before quality improvement initiatives in Indigenous PHC can be effectively scaled-up and expanded. We aim to enhance understanding of how quality improvement initiatives in Indigenous PHC can be rolled out on a broader scale, particularly in services that face capacity and resource-based challenges, through: i) building on our understanding of how contextual factors interact to facilitate or limit the success of CQI initiatives; and ii) collaborative development and testing of a toolkit of interventions to address barriers to improvement.

    Chief Investigators: Sarah Larkins, Jacinta Elston, Komla Tsey, Emma McBryde, Kerry Copley, Rebecca Evans and Carly Woods with the help of Paul Burgess, Ross Baille, R Wright, V Matthews, S Thompson, Christine Connors and Rachael Ham 

    Collaborating Institutions: College of Medicine & Dentistry; Division of Tropical Health & Medicine; College of Arts, Society & Education; Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine; Aboriginal Medical Service; NT Department of Health & Community Services; Menzies Research Institute; Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council; Queensland Health; The University of Western Australia; and Apunipima Cape York Health Council


    Wet Tropics Management Authority

    Collecting, cognitioning and capitalising local cultural knowledge for residential and visitor supply and demand: a Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area Traditional Owners rainforest Aboriginal peoples' study - regional overview

    Indicative funding: $1,330

    Visiting the 20 traditional owner groups and 80 legal entities as appropriate: 1. Tape recording discussion about the topic as known within each group; 2. Transcribing the recordings; 3. Appropriately sharing the information with stakeholders (including WTMA) as negotiated with the RAP groups;and 4. Developing a paper on the spread and nature of WTQWHA local Aboriginal cultural tourism products December 2015, finalised February 2016.

    Chief Investigator: Stewart Lockie (Cairns Institute)

    Collaborating Institution: The Cairns Institute

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