About

Dr Alice Cairns is a research fellow with the Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University. She lives and works in Weipa, Cape York. She graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 and practiced for 12 years, specialising in mental health rehabilitation. Alice was awarded her PhD in 2017 from the Queensland University of Technology, her PhD research focused on youth mental health and factors associated with goal setting, help-seeking and work and study outcomes.

Since 2017, her research interests have broaded to focus on health service research and exploring innovative models of service delivery for remote communities. She is a member of the Northern Australian Research Network (NARN) and a current HOT North Research Fellow.

 She is currently supervising 1 PhD student, honours and masters students. She is open to hearing from any prospective student interested in a research career.

Interests
Research
  • Rural and remote health service improvement
  • Allied health and community rehabilitation
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Mental health and transition periods
  • Impact of cognitive capacity on occupational performance
Experience
  • 2018 to present - Research Fellow, Centre for Rural and Remote Health,James Cook University (Weipa)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Western Cape Site Co-ordinator and Lecturer, Centre for Rural and Remote Health,James Cook University (Weipa)
  • 2011 to 2017 - PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Fellowships
  • 2018 to 2019 - HOT North Early Career Research Fellowship
Memberships
  • 2019 - Health Services Research Association Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ)
  • 2018 - Northern Australian Research Network (NARN)
  • 2018 - Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)
  • 2003 - Occupational Therapy Australia
Publications

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Other research outputs
Current Funding

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Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Implementation and evaluation of a student-led rehabilitation and lifestyle service for people with chronic and disabling conditions in Cape York

Indicative Funding
$24,800
Summary
This project will evaluate the implementation of a student-led rehabilitation and lifestyle service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Napranum and Weipa in partnership with Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service (TCHHS) and Apunipima Cape York Health Council (ACYC). This research is expected develop a sustainable service model that is valued by people experiencing chronic and disabling conditions and their families living in Napranum and Weipa communities.
Investigators
Alice Cairns in collaboration with Robyn McDermott, Ruth Barker, Elizabeth Armstrong, Amy O'Hara, Lynore Geia and Sylvia Kris (Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, College of Healthcare Sciences, Edith Cowan University and Torres & Cape Hospital & Health Service)
Keywords
Rehabilitation; Indigenous; Health Services; Allied Health; Student; Chronic Disease

National Health & Medical Research Council - Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme

Implementation and evaluation of an innovative student-led rehabilitation and lifestyle service in Northern Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic and disabling conditions: A pilot study.

Indicative Funding
$45,433 (administered by Menzies School of Health Research)
Summary
This project will pilot a student-led rehabilitation and lifestyle service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Napranum and Weipa in partnership with Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service (TCHHS) and Apunipima Cape York Health Council (ACYC). A sequential mixed methodology will be used to evaluate the service from stakeholders' perspectives: participants, allied health students, Aboriginal and allied health workforce and collaborating organisations. To privilege the voices of Aboriginal people, Indigenous methodologies will be used. This project will provide a service for Napranum and Wei pa communities and a service model for other remote communities across Northern Australia.
Investigators
Alice Cairns, Robyn McDermott, Ruth Barker, Louise Maple-Brown, Beth Armstrong and Lynore Geia in collaboration with Sabina Knight and Catrina Felton-Busch (Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, College of Healthcare Sciences, Menzies School of Health Research and Edith Cowan University)
Keywords
Rehabilitation; Lifestyle; Student; Allied Health; Indigenous; 2-Hydroxyethyl Cellulose
Supervision

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Current
  • Expanded Pharmacy Practice in Rural Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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