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        Health systems strengthening and workforce development

        This NHMRC funded Partnership project works with our partners Townsville Mackay Medical Local, La Trobe University Rural Health School, Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local and the Royal Flying Doctor Service to test whether a method for involving communities in participatory planning around rural oral health services is successful in designing improved services and better outcomes. $840 000.

        Demonstration health workforce development projects with Mareeba and Yarrabah communities in partnership with Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.  Extension currently under consideration by HWA. $80 000.

          • Pighills A, Stronach P, Gordon S, Hornsby D, Thomas YQueensland Regional Training Network Innovations.

          To establish a student led trans-disciplinary clinic to enable students to be allocated patients, carry their own routine clinical caseload and share professional skills. This service will be delivered to older people, at risk of, or currently experiencing, functional decline, from two community based Allied Health teams in regional Queensland. $245 500.

            • Gordon S, Kennedy R, Morrison J, Raasch B, Stronach P, Pellatt A.  Queensland Regional Training Network Innovations.

            Development, implementation and evaluation of an inter-professional student-led university health clinic in partnership with non-Government organisations. $250 000.

              • Knight SQueensland Regional Training Network Innovations.
              The development and implementation of a service learning model of remote, Aboriginal and rural mental health clinical placements to build on current innovation, and to address multiple issues related to both student placements and service delivery in the region. $

                  THEnet is an international network of medical schools with a social accountability mandate.  JCU SMD is a foundation school. THEnet have published an evaluation framework for socially accountable medical education and is now coordinating an international graduate outcome study. Atlantic Philanthropies funding since 2008. Euros 600 000.

                  • Teague P & Malau-Aduli BBenchmarking the Attainment of Clinical Competencies in Australian Medical Schools: An Innovative Collaboration.

                  The project aims to provide benchmarking data on the attainment of core clinical competencies by medical students in Australia and New Zealand. This will be done by sharing clinical assessment items, which have been collaboratively developed, and which will be embedded in summative clinical examinations at participating medical schools.  Office of Learning and Teaching. $210 000.

                  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

                  • Larkins S, Elston JQuality improvement in Aboriginal primary health care: Learning from the best to better the rest.

                  Case studies of improvement of services within the ABCD national research partnership. NHMRC project grant $618 000

                  NHMRC project grant. $

                      • Elston J, Speare R, Murray R et al.  Successfully developing a cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers.

                      NHMRC - Building Indigenous Research Capacity (BIRC) grant. 2.5 million over 4 years.

                      HWA Consultancy. $900 000.

                      • Sarnyai Z, Larkins S, Elston JBiomedical research will focus on biological understanding of priority diseases, potentially leading to outcomes focused genomics research with potential for large health gains.

                      Performed with respectful engagement with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.  Initial projects include correlating salivary cortisol with self-reported stress and observing diurnal variation over time. Faculty grant 2013. $20 000.

                        Responding to priority health challenges in our region

                        • MacLaren D et al.  Seventh Day Adventist Responses to HIV in Papua New Guinea.

                        PNG National Aids Council - Large Research Grant Program. $295 650 over 3 years.

                        • MacLaren D et al. Is Male Circumcision an Acceptable and Feasible Intervention to Reduce HIV Transmission in Papua New Guinea?

                        NHMRC Project grant. $605 000 over 3 years.

                        $140 000 over 4 years.

                        • Harrison S, Buettner, Nowak MMulticomponent sun protection pilot intervention for schools.

                        $90 000 over 3 years.