About

David is a public health researcher with two decades experience in addressing community health issues in remote areas of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. His work focuses on understanding the complex interplay between biomedicine, health service provision and socio-cultural understandings of health.

David uses participatory research methods with a range of partners from laboratory scientists, health service professionals and community leaders to address health issues of importance to local communities. His collaborative projects include investigating culturally appropriate TB services, locally appropriate sanitation and traditional use of medicinal rainforest plants in Malaita, Solomon Islands. In Papua New Guinea, he is collaborating with a range of partners to investigate the acceptability and feasibility of male circumcision for HIV prevention and faith-based responses to HIV. David enthusiastically supports research capacity building and incorporates capacity building across all research activities. He is a founding member of the Atoifi Health Research Group in Solomon Islands. David works in partnership with the Australian Museum and the Kwainaa'isi Cultural Centre in remote mountains of Malaita Province, Solomon Islands on a range of culture and conservation projects. 

David is convenor of the International Strategy Committee within the College of Medicine and Dentistry.  

David is currently chief investigator on grants worth over $5.5 million. These include

  • $750,000 NHMRC funded "Resolving Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) transmission" working with partners in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the United States to investigate viral transmission across the human foreskin.

  • $2million DFAT funded "Tropical partnerships to strengthen health systems responses to infectious disease threats" working with partners across Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Eastern Indonesia to strengthen operational research skills in the region to respond to infectious disease in the tropics.

  • $2.5 million NHMRC funded "Australian Centre for the Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Disease" of which David is co-convenor of the Pacific Hub.

 

Teaching
  • MD3012: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 82+ research outputs authored by A/Prof David MacLaren from 2007 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Palladium Pty Ltd - Australia Pacific Climate Partnership

Knowledge Brokering from the Bottom Up: Co-designing Climate Information Products with the Kwaio people of Malaita Province, Solomon Islands

Indicative Funding
$50,000 over 1 year
Summary
Baru Conservation Alliance (BCA) and JCU successfully implemented the APCP funded ?Traditional Knowledge about Climate and Food Security in Kwaio, Malaita, Solomon Islands? in 2021/22. This current ?Knowledge Brokering from the Bottom Up: Co-designing Climate Information Products with the Kwaio people? project strengthens capacity built in 2021/22 to inform climate information products based on Kwaio traditional knowledge. The project will create communication products that utlise both western scientific and traditional Kwaio knowledge about the weather, how the weather is changing and what this means for people living on Malaita, Solomon Islands.
Investigators
David MacLaren, Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Karen Cheer, Dorothy Esau and Foofafimae Kekeubata (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Baru Conservation Alliance)
Keywords
Conservation; Kwaio; Climate Change; Solomon Islands

Australian Respiratory Council - ARC Research Support Grant

Understanding the experience of women in a tuberculosis hot spot in Solomon Islands to effectively find, treat and care for people with tuberculosis.

Indicative Funding
$20,000 over 1 year
Summary
? TB remains at unacceptable rates in East Kwaio, Malaita, Solomon Islands. There still are many more undiagnosed cases, or new cases, known to occur amongst people living in mountainous areas. ? Women are central to the care of children and family members, including being responsible for growing food. They experience tuberculosis, and care of people with tuberculosis, differently to men and children because of these responsibilities. ? Barriers to finding, testing and treating TB remain due to social and cultural challenges faced by women, health system exclusion and geographic isolation. The aim of this qualitative study is to explore and describe women's experience of tuberculosis in East Kwaio, Solomon Islands to determine how to effectively test, treat and support people with tuberculosis.
Investigators
Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Dorothy Esau, Peter Massey, David MacLaren, Sue Devlin and Karen Cheer (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Baru Conservation Alliance and NSW Health)
Keywords
Health Services Research; Solomon Islands; Tuberculosis; Gender

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - DFAT Administered (aid) Simple Grant Agreement

Community led development, climate resilience and conservation in East Malaita - Phase 2

Indicative Funding
$410,000 over 1 year
Summary
Baru Conservation Alliance (BCA) was established a registered Non-Government Organisation in 2019 by leaders from East Kwaio, Malaita, Solomon Islands to coordinate ecological and cultural conservation in their tribal lands. This includes the holistic health and wellbeing of plants, animals and people living in prescribed conservation areas. This project, funded by the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands allows JCU and the Australian Museum to build sustainable scientific and management capacities with the fledgling organisation. The project will support a series of local JCU supported projects within conservation areas that include TB, water and sanitation, reproductive health, community education and reforestation.
Investigators
David MacLaren, Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Paul Flemmons, Tommy Esau, Dorothy Esau and Esau Kekeubata (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Museum and Baru Conservation Alliance)
Keywords
Conservation; Kwaio; Solomon Islands; Community Health; Tuberculosis

National Health & Medical Research Council - Centres of Research Excellence

The Australian Centre for the Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Indicative Funding
$48,500 over 5 years (administered by University of New South Wales)
Summary
The vision for the Australian Centre for the Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ACE-NTDs) is to accelerate the control and ultimately elimination of key NTDs in our region. We will focus on endemic NTD's for which the large-scale preventative chemotherapy approach has been designated internationally as a proven and promising component of control strategies. ACE-NYD's will be the first national collbartion in the control of these infections.
Investigators
John Kaldor, Andrew Steer, Rebecca Traub, Archie Clements, Adrian Miller, Virginia Wiseman, Gillian Schierhout, Jodie McVernon, David MacLaren and Susan Nery (University of New South Wales, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Australian National University, Charles Darwin University, Kirby Institute and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Neglected Tropical Disease

Palladium Pty Ltd - Australia Pacific Climate Partnership

Traditional Knowledge about Climate and Food Security in Kwaio, Malaita, Solomon Islands

Indicative Funding
$95,000 over 1 year
Summary
This project will be implemented in conjunction with Baru Conservation Alliance in Malaita, Solomon Islands. Traditional Knowledge and experience of weather, the seasonal interaction of plants, animals and people will be explored and documented. The use of tradiitional 'disaster food' after natural disasters will also be documented. The local scale production of flour from locally grown fuits and vegetables will be piloted; usage and spoilage monitored, and dishes made from flour trialled for acceptability and feasibility with Kwaio tribal groups. The project links food security, health and ecological sustainability to inform local level disaster and climate resilience measures in Malaita, Solomon Islands.
Investigators
David MacLaren, Karen Cheer, Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Colin MacGregor and Darren Crayn in collaboration with Tommy Esau, Esau Kekeubata, Dorothy Esau, Maasafi Alabai, Paul Flemons, Tyrone Lavery and Rebecca Johnson (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Science & Engineering, Australian Tropical Herbarium, Baru Conservation Alliance, Australian Museum, Australian National University and Smithsonian Institute)
Keywords
Solomon Islands; Baru Conservation Alliance; Climate Resilience; Food Security; Disaster Preparedness; Traditional Knowledge

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - DFAT Administered (aid) Simple Grant Agreement

Community led development, climate resilience and conservation in East Malaita

Indicative Funding
$400,000 over 2 years
Summary
Baru Conservation Alliance (BCA) was established a registered Non-Government Organisation in 2019 by leaders from East Kwaio, Malaita, Solomon Islands to coordinate ecological and cultural conservation in their tribal lands. This includes the holistic health and wellbeing of plants, animals and people living in prescribed conservation areas. This project, funded by the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands allows JCU and the Australian Museum to build sustainable scientific and management capacities with the fledgling organisation. The project will support a series of local JCU supported projects within conservation areas that include TB, water and sanitation, reproductive health, community education and reforestation.
Investigators
David MacLaren, Michelle Redman-MacLaren and Tommy Esau in collaboration with Paul Flemmons, Dorothy Esau and Esau Kekeubata (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Museum and Baru Conservation Alliance)
Keywords
Conservation; Kwaio; Solomon Islands; Community Health; Tuberculosis
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • The Engagement and Participation of Faith based Organizations in the Health System Reforms in Soloman Islands (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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