Indigenous 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

    Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC - LI Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) funding

    The Co-production of the Lowitja Institute Knowledge Translation to Research Impact for Empowerment Approach

    Indicative Funding: $225,000 over 1 year

    This research project will involve the co-development of a Knowledge Translation to Research Impact for Empowerment Approach with the Lowitja Institute Research and Knowledge Translation (R&KT) team. The co-development of this approach will incorporate and work off three major products that will provide the building blocks to improving Knowledge Translation (KT) and research impact for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research: 1. Lowitja Institute Knowledge Translation and Research Impact Indicators; 2. Lowitja Institute Research for Impact Tool co-developed with James Cook University (JCU); and 3. Lowitja Institute KT to Research Impact Framework. This research project will combine the proposed programs of work which will lead to the JCU team and the Lowitja Institute developing the first known Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander KT to Research Impact Approach that will underpin research commissioning, monitoring and reporting, translation of knowledge into practice, workforce development and so on. It is anticipated this work will have significant implications for the broader Australian health research environment.

    Investigators:  Felecia Watkin, Komla Tsey and Lynda Ah Mat (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Arts and Society & Education)

    NHMRC - Project Grant

    The transition from hospital to home: A longitudinal study of Indigenous traumatic brain injury (TBI)

    Indicative Funding: $857,768 over 3 years

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians suffer much higher rates of head injury than the mainstream Australian population. Despite this, there have been no systematic studies of traumatic brain injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in northern Australia, this longitudinal study will document the occurrence, predictors and outcomes of key sentinel events that occur during the six month transition period from hospital to home following traumatic brain injury. The study will focus on the Northern Territory's Top End, and north Queensland. Over three years, approximately 200 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians with traumatic brain injury will be recruited, with assessments of health, wellbeing and key sentinel events made at three time points in the 6 months following injury. This study will provide the first evidence regarding the key events influencing outcomes following traumatic brain injury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and will provide evidence regarding what supports are needed during this time.

    Investigators: India Bohanna, John Gilroy, Alan Clough [Cairns Institute Fellow], Jennifer Fleming, Paul Maruff and A Esterman (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The University of SydneyThe University of QueenslandThe University of Melbourne and University of South Australia)

    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 [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Janya McCalman [[Cairns Institute Adjunct], Komla Tsey, Ernest Hunter [[Cairns Institute Adjunct], 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

    NHMRC - Project Grant

    Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs) in Remote Indigenous Communities: Their Impacts on Injury, Violence, Health and Social Indicators and Their Cost-Effectiveness In Cape York, Far North

    Indicative Funding: $626,395 over 3 years

    The study will describe long-term impacts on important health, economic and social outcomes of complex interventions restricting the supply of alcohol in the Cape York region of far north Queensland. The study will assess impacts of past policy shifts, program changes and local responses to the Queensland Government's Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs) implemented from 2002-03. It will provide an evaluation framework and evidence base to inform communities and governments if future policy and program adjustments are proposed in these and similar Indigenous communities elsewhere in Australia.

    Investigators: Alan Clough [Cairns Institute Fellow] in collaboration with Stephen Margolis, Reinhold Muller, Christopher Doran, Adrian Miller and Anthony Shakeshaft (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The University of QueenslandSouthern Cross University and The University of New South Wales)

    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 [Cairns Institute Theme Leader & Fellow], Roxanne Bainbridge [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Yvonne Cadet-James, Komla Tsey and Janya McCalman [Cairns Institute Adjunct]

    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 [Cairns Institute Adjunct], 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 [Cairns Institute Fellow], Roxanne Bainbridge [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Claire Campbell and Jane Mills in collaboration with Catherine Brown, Janya McCalman [Cairns Institute Adjunct], 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 [Cairns Institute Adjunct], 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


    NHMRC - Career Development Fellowship

    Reducing harms from substance misuse in remote indigenous communities requires interventions delivered as promised with measurable impacts?

    Indicative Funding: $439,920 over 4 years

    The aims of the CDF scheme will allow me to achieve my objectives in that i) I am a mid-career researcher becoming independent and self-directed, ii) my research builds on Australia's public health research capacity, iii) my work program focuses on building and disseminating evidence for health policies that is iv) directly translated into practice and which v) engages with key components of the substance misuse prevention and treatment sector.

    Investigators: Alan Clough [Cairns Institute Fellow] (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)

    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 [Cairns Institute Theme Leader & Fellow]

    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)

    ARC Linkage Project (LP130100344)

    Gauging the value of flexible learning options for disenfranchised youth and the Australian community

    Indicative funding: $309,000

    Investment in flexible learning options (FLOs) for young people who have disengaged from schooling requires understanding of how they work and evidence about their economic and social value. This project will provide both through innovative and integrated methods, analysing FLO sites across three Australian states and the Northern Territory.

    Chief Investigators:
     Sue McGinty, Riccardo Welters [Cairns Institute Theme Leader & Fellow], Brian Lewthwaite [Cairns Institute Theme Fellow], Katarina Te Riele, Valda Wallace, Hurriyet Babacan [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Dale Murray, David Murray, Eva Lawler, Mary Retel, George Myconos, Anthony McMahon

    Collaborating Schools/Institutions:
     The Cairns institute; School of Indigenous Australian Studies; Edmund Rice Education Australia; Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; NT Department of Education and Children's Services; Catholic Education Office, Western Australia; Brotherhood of St Laurence; Centacare Townsville


    Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC

    Meriba buay - ngalpan wakaythoemamy (we come together to think): Evaluating a Torres Strait Research Community of Practice

    Indicative funding: $299,349 over 2 years

    The project aims to identify and describe processes involved in developing and implementing a Community or Practice (CoP) that focuses on the social determinants of health and well-being for Torres Strait Islanders; and monitor and evaluate the Knowledge Translation (KT) capacity of CoP members and KT impact in the community. The expected outcomes include (a) a repository of knowledge about TSI research projects (b) a network to support capacity building and knowledge translation strategy. Current knowledge about the social determinants of health for Torres Strait islanders is fragmented and researchers are often working in isolation. There is growing evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of CoPs in health care and knowledge translation through shared learning, innovative practice and collaborative research.

    Chief Investigators: Felecia Watkin [Theme Leader & Fellow], Vinnitta Mosby, Juanita Sellwood and Al Harvey with the help of Sean Taylor, Cass Hunter, Lynda Ah Mat, Sanchia Shibasaki, Daniel Grainger and Margaret Harvey (Indigenous Education & Research Centre , College of Arts, Society & Education, Queensland Health, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, The University of Queensland, SenseMakers 4 Smarter Care and Monash University)

    Australian Research Council - Linkage Project

    Responding to Indigenous students' and their communities' voiced experiences regarding effective teaching practices: A Catholic Education initiative

    Indicative Funding: $150,000 over 4 years

    In response to the continued gap in achievement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, this project focuses on addressing the essential need for Australian-based empirically-grounded culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP) research on teaching practices consistent with the voiced concerns of Indigenous students and the communities they represent. Paralleling consequentially similar work in Canada and New Zealand, the study will tease out and test facets of quality teaching that are salient to Aboriginal students for the purpose of improving achievement outcomes for Indigenous students and informing teaching and teacher education.

    Investigators: Brian Lewthwaite [Cairns Institute Fellow], Helen Boon [Cairns Institute Fellow] and Barry Osborne in collaboration with Catherine Day (College of Arts, Society & Education and Townsville Catholic Education Office)

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

    The IMS 2050 Human Dimensions Project: Cost-effective Indicators and Metrics for key GBRWHA Human Dimensions and Indigenous Values Linked to Objectives and Targets in the Reef 2050 Plan

    Indicative Funding: $125,000 over 2 years

    Building on the work of the GBR RIMeP Program Design Group, this project will develop cost-effective indicators and metrics for human dimension outcomes, objectives and targets in the Reef 2050 Plan, consistent with the Drivers-Pressures-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework. It will add value to and ensure continuity with information collected through the Social and Economic Long-Term Monitoring Program for the Great Barrier Reef (SeLTMP). The project will: determine potential and extant indicator sets; evaluate data collection cost-effectiveness; determine thresholds (where applicable); and provide guidelines for a collaborative approach for developing grading scores, using multiple lines of evidence to rate progress towards Reef 2050 Plan targets, objectives and outcomes.

    Investigators: Allan Dale in collaboration with Nadine Marshall, Margaret Gooch [Cairns Institute Adjunct] and Karen Vella (Cairns Institute, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland University of Technology)

    NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

    CQI in Social and Emotional Wellbeing Flagship Project

    Indicative funding: $121,142 over 2 years administered by University Centre for Rural Health North Coast

    To date CRE-IQI research has focused on the application of quality improvement in the context of clinical and other services and programs delivered mainly through primary health care centres. Extending the quality improvement knowledge base beyond the scope of health services is an objective of the CRE-IQI. The current project will develop and implement partnership models that can support quality improvement implementation across the broader social, emotional cultural and other determinants of health and wellbeing.

    Chief Investigators: Komla Tsey, Leigh-Ann Onnis, Leslie Baird, Irina Kinchin, Mary Whiteside, H Klieve, Felecia Watkin and Tahalani Hunter (College of Arts, Society & Education, Central Queensland University, La Trobe University, Griffith Universityand Indigenous Education & Research Centre)

    Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC - Research Activity Funding

    Developing a physical activity program for Aboriginal families with Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) living in the Top End of Australia

    Indicative funding: $99,076 over 3 years

    Worldwide, no research has been conducted to investigate the impact of physical activity on individuals with MJD. MJD is 100 times more prevalent in Aboriginal communities in the Top End than anywhere else in the world. This project will develop a physical activity program derived from the voices of the Warnindilyakwa people with MJD, scientific literature and strengthened using a modified Delphi consensus approach. The program is expected to:

    • Reduce the impact of MJD and keep families "stronger for longe"
    • Be transferrable to other communities
    • Build capacity of community research partners
    • Develop resources for health services to improve care for MJD families in Australia.

    Chief Investigators: Ruth Barker and Jennifer Carr with the help of Anne Lowell, Alan Clough [Fellow], Libby Massey, Joyce Lalara, Gayangwa Lalara and Gloria O'Hare (College of Healthcare Sciences, Charles Darwin University, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and MJD Foundation)

    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 Bainbridge [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Janya McCalman [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Komla 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)

    Heart Foundation - Vanguard Grant

    The 'Top End' Smoke-free Spaces Project

    Indicative Funding: $65,900 over 2 years

    This feasibility study of an intervention t reduce SHSe in homes will be conducted in one Arnhem Land community in the Northern Territory. To achieve its two objectives will require six months from project initiation. The study will use both qualitative and quantitative methods. Evaluating an intervention to encourage smoke free homes in remote Indigenous communities using a combination of incentives and monitoring of indoor second hand smoke exposure: is an intervention and evaluation study feasible?

    Investigators: Alan Clough [Cairns Institute Fellow] and Jan Robertson in collaboration with Vince Mithen and Joy Bhulkanawuy Dhamarrandji (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Aboriginal Resource and Development Sevices)

    Australian Research Council

    The Deep History of Sea Country: Climate, Sea Level and Culture

    Indicative funding: $60,000 over 3 years

    Nearly one-third of Australia’s landmass was drowned after the last ice age and generations of people were displaced by sea-level change. This project will impact heritage and environmental management and underpin a future for growth in the marine heritage sector with benefits to Indigenous, business and research communities.

    This pioneering, multi-disciplinary study of submerged landscape archaeology in Australia is designed to investigate the records of the now-submerged Pilbara coast (spanning 50,000 to 7000 years ago). Information from drowned contexts will help address critical debates in Australian prehistory relating to past sea-level rise, population resilience, mobility, and diet. The project integrates cultural and environmental studies and contributes a unique southern hemisphere insight into world prehistory through material analysis and an adaptation of method from the world’s only confirmed submarine middens. A suite of cutting edge marine and aerial survey techniques will be developed to investigate physical and cultural submerged landscapes.

    Chief Investigators: Jonathan Benjamin, Sean Ulm [Cairns Institute Theme Leader & Fellow], Peter Veth, Jorg Hacker and Michael O'Leary with the help of Geoffrey Bailey and Mads Holst (Flinders University, College of Arts, Society & Education, The University of Western Australia, Curtin University of Technology, University of York and Aarhus University)


    Department of the Environment and Energy - Contract Research

    Traditional Owner aspirations and commitments in the Reef 2050 Plan

    Indicative funding: $50,000 over 5 years administered by Reef & Rainforest Research Centre

    The Reef 2050 Plan Investment Framework, also identifies Traditional Owner actions as one of 6 six priority areas for future investment stating that: �a key priority for investment is to improve involvement of Traditional Owners in the delivery of Reef 2050 actions. Investment in coordination and consultation with Traditional Owners will further clarify priorities and funding needs. This project will support the delivery of Traditional Owner aspirations and commitments in the Reef 2050 Plan.

    Chief Investigators: Sheridan Morris, Allan Dale, Melissa George, Michael Winer, Leah Talbot, Libby Evans-Illidge, Jennifer McHugh (Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns Institute, NAILSMA, Cape York Partnerships, CSIRO, Australian Institute of Marine Science)

    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 [Cairns Institute Fellow], Rosita Henry [Cairns Institute Fellow] 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


    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 Stoeckl [Cairns Institute Adjunct],  Michelle 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


    Office for Learning and Teaching - Innovation and Development Grant

    Addressing the gap between policy and implementation: Strategies for improving educational outcomes of Indigenous students

    Indicative Funding: $41,118 over 2 years (administered by Central Queensland University)

    This proposed project is a partnership between five universities representing regionally focused and metropolitan based universities with a regional outreach; Central Queensland University (CQU), Charles Darwin University (CDU) with Batchelor Institute, James Cook University (JCU), The University of Newcastle (UoN) and the University of South Australia (UniSA). The project focuses on the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) priority; "improving access to and outcomes in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people".

    Investigators: Denise Wood, Bronwyn Fredericks, Steve Larkin, Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Maree Gruppetta, Josephine May and Felecia Watkin [Cairns Institute Theme Leader] (Central Queensland UniversityCharles Darwin UniversityUniversity of South AustraliaThe University of Newcastle and Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Centre)

    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

    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 [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Sandra Campbell, Rachael Ham, Che Stow, Jennifer Seewter, Murtha Kirby, Diana Jans, Faye Humphries, Mark Wenitong, Alan Ruben, Michelle Redman-MacLaren

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

    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 [Cairns Institute Adjunct], Sandra Campbell, Rachael Ham, Linda Shields, Komla Tsey, Roxanne Bainbridge [Cairns Institute Adjunct], 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)


    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 [Cairns Institute Adjunct], 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

    Australian Red Cross

    Collation and analysis of quantitative data and other research tasks associated with justice reinvestment in the Katherine

    Indicative funding: $15,000 over 3 years administered by Charles Darwin University

    The aim of the project is to inform the work of the Katherine Youth Justice Reinvestment Working Group's vision of redistributing justice reinvestments in the town of Katherine and surrounds away from more punitive responses to offending, with a particular focus on reducing incarceration of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people aged 10-25 years old. The intent is to develop a clear strategic vision and respective funding proposal/s to advocate for a longer-term investment in justice reinvestment (JR) in Katherine, as well as laying groundwork for longer-term JR implementation. For the current project Ms Allison will collate and analyse justice, non-justice, population and service delivery to inform strategic planning and funding proposals for JR in Katherine. The other research tasks to be undertaken by Ms Allison include sharing expertise with the research team based at CDU about JR, collective impact and knowledge related to prior consultations conducted by JCU in 2015-16.

    Chief Investigators: Fiona Allison and James Smith (Cairns Institute and Charles Darwin University)

    NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

    Evaluating the CQI approach for program impact and diversification of the Remote Management Program: A feasibility study

    Indicative funding: $7,000 administered by University Centre for Rural Health North Coast

    The remote management program uses a CQI approach to developing, implementing and evaluating participant satisfaction, but does not evaluate impact beyond the program-level. An evaluation suggests that there may be benefit in additional customised versions for areas of identified need (e.g. Indigenous remote managers), and that evaluation of the CQI approach and the program's impact for health services and remote populations is warranted. The small group size of these types of programs makes it difficult to provide conclusive evidence about the impact; hence, this project investigates the feasibility of a research design investigating evidence beyond the usual limitations.

    Chief Investigators: Leigh-ann Onnis, Komla Tsey, Marcia Hakendorf, Mark Diamond and Tahalani Hunter (College of Arts, Society & Education, CRANAplus, Australasian College of Health Service Management and Indigenous Education & Research Centre)

    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

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

    Strengthening community-led partnerships to improve Indigenous health and well-being

    Indicative Funding: $6,363

    This project aims to strengthen community-led partnerships (CLPs) to improve Indigenous health and well-being using CQI processes. The seed funding will be utilised in bringing together leaders of existing community-led partnerships, and visits with leaders of other identified CLPs, with the aim of identifying and documenting the strengths of existing community-led partnerships, and exploring how CQI processes can improve, support or accelerate best practice in community-led partnerships.

    Investigators: Komla Tsey, Cindy Woods, Ines Zuchowski and Debra Miles (College of Arts, Society & Education and The University of New England)

    Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation

    The Top End Smoke Free Spaces Project

    Indicative funding: $5,000

    The project aims to encourage smoke free homes in remote Indigenous communities using a combination of incentives and monitoring of indoor second hand smoke exposure. Baseline data will be collected using surveys and nicotine monitoring and smoke-free homes will be encouraged through established, culturally appropriate methods.

    Chief Investigators: Kristy Grant, Christopher Rouen and Alan Clough [Fellow] (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)

    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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