About

Dr Eddy Strivens is a practising clinician and national leader in geriatric medicine and dementia, working in Far North Queensland for over 20 years and Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine. He has held an academic appointment with James Cook University since the commencement of the Clinical School in Cairns and is an Adjunct Professor. His research interests are in Culturally Appropriate Assessment, Healthy Ageing, Integrated Care and Models of Service Delivery. He has worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in Far North Queensland and has validated the use of culturally appropriate cognitive assessment tools in this population. He is practised in linking research with clinical outcomes in these communities.

In 2015 Dr Strivens was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for outstanding public service to Queensland Health in the field of aged care. He was also the winner of the biennial national Louis Ariotti Award 2015 for innovation and excellence in Australian rural and remote health. In 2019 he was awarded Pre-Eminent Status by Queensland Health.

Dr Strivens has a long history of combining collaborative research with effective clinical service delivery in the field of culturally appropriate assessment and models of service delivery. His research work has mainly been in trying to answer pressing clinical issues and has a proven track record in converting this research into enhanced local service delivery.

He has been the lead investigator in a series of research studies in Far North Queensland, with direct competitive grant funding of over $6 million and over 8 years of continuous direct NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) funding.

Honours
Awards
  • 2018 - Awarded Highly Commended in the Emerald Literati Awards for the publication: doi: 10.1108/JICA-11-2016-0044.
  • 2018 - Stroke Care Champion Award 2018
  • 2015 - Public Service Medal
  • 2015 - Louis Ariotti Award for innovation and excellence in Australian rural and remote health
Fellowships
  • 2005 - Fellowship of the Australasian College of Physicians
  • 2001 - Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 30+ research outputs authored by Prof Edward Strivens from 2011 onwards.

Current Funding

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

National Health & Medical Research Council - Boosting Dementia Research Grant

Reducing Dementia Risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Indicative Funding
$1,515,145 over 6 years
Summary
The aim of the project is to address these issues through the development of a range of interventions to specifically target the high rates of dementia in Indigenous communities. This project will use a Participatory Action Research approach to enable communities to identify and prioritise dementia risk reduction strategies/potential risk and protective factors. Using a Continuous Quality Improvement Framework, primary health care centries will address modifiable dementia risk factors to change practice and systems through the development of culturally appropriate interventions. The outcome will be a culturally appropriate framework that incorporates evidence-based best-practice guidelines for delivering community specific interventions for risk reduction and prevention of dementia.
Investigators
Edward Strivens, Sarah G Russell, Rachel Quigley, Sarah Larkins, Robyn McDermott, Venessa Curnow, Kate Smith, Prabha Lakhan and Veronica Matthews in collaboration with Alan Cass, Yvonne Hornby-Turner, Desley Harvey, Leon Flicker, Dina LoGiudice, Frankie Clive, Gavin Miller, Dallas McKeown and Gail Garvey (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Queensland Health, The University of Western Australia, The University of Sydney, Menzies School of Health Research, The University of Queensland, The University of Melbourne and North Queensland Primary Health Network)
Keywords
Indgenous Health; Healthy Ageing; Dementia; Chronic Disease

National Health & Medical Research Council - Targeted Call for Research into Healthy Ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

A framework for healthy ageing in the Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
$1,100,540 over 6 years
Summary
The aim of this project is to develop a culturally appropriate framework of healthy ageing for Torres Strait Comjmunities to enable older persons to remain living well at hme and on Country for as long as possible. Participatory Action Research (PAR) within a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) framework will be the overarching lmethodology for this project. The scope of the framework will be guided by the World Health organisation Framework of Healthy Ageing encompassing both intrinsic capacity and environmental characteristics that influence health outcomes.
Investigators
Edward Strivens, Sarah G Russell, Leon Flicker, Dina LoGiudice, Kate Smith, Rachel Quigley, Robyn McDermott, Sean Taylor, Venessa Curnow and Sarah Larkins in collaboration with Betty Sagigi, Desley Harvey, Dympna Leonard, Elizabeth Beattie, Gavin Miller, Jennifer Mann, Nancy Pachana and Yvonne Hornby-Turner (College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Australia, Melbourne Health, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service, Queensland Health, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland)
Keywords
Indigenous Health; Chronic Disease; healthy ageing; Dementia

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

ADAPTTS - App-Based Diet and Physical Activity Tools for the Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
$25,000 over 2 years
Summary
The aim of this project is to develop and validate dietary and physical activity assessment tools for use in the Torres Strait. Having culturally appropriate assessment tools embedded in primary health care services will facilitate appropriate identification and referral for at risk patients. This will promote best practice care in the region leading to better health outcomes and improved service delivery for the benefit of Torres Strait Islanders living in Far North Queensland. The project also is a collaboration between researchers at JCU Healthy Ageing Research Team (HART), clinical staff in TCHHS and local NGOs based in the Torres Strait.
Investigators
Melissa Kilburn, Sarah G Russell, Rachel Quigley, Edward Strivens, Kathryn Meldrum and Diane Cadet-James (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Torres Strait Islander; Nutrition; Diet; Screening and Assessment Tool; Physical Activity

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Exploring the potential for dog assisted interventions in a FNQ hospital rehabilitation setting: a co-design study

Indicative Funding
$48,784 over 2 years
Summary
There is increasing interest in animal-assisted interventions (AAI) as a complementary, non-pharmacological intervention in health care settings. While biological, psychological and social benefits of human animal interactions have been demonstrated, the evidence base for AAI in health care settings is weak, partly due to low participant numbers. Our project involves two parts: 1. A scoping review to report on dog-assisted interventions (DAI) for people undergoing rehabilitation in hospitals. 2. An exploratory case study involving consumers, staff and key informants to identify the perceived benefits and challenges to implementation of DAI.
Investigators
Sandra Downing, Mary O'Loughlin, Sue Devine, Edward Strivens, Madeleine Downey and Em Bould (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Rehabilitation

National Health & Medical Research Council - Targeted Research

Defining and predicting Healthy Ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Populations (HATS)

Indicative Funding
$159,942 over 5 years (administered by University of Western Australia)
Summary
There is no current model of healthy ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island populations. Although there are many similarities to health related quality of life, there remain fundamental differences to the domains and uses for a model of healthy ageing. In response to worldwide population ageing, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently released a blueprint for Ageing and Health (2015). This document has produced a framework that may be applied to all populations. This blueprint has adopted a life course approach to health determinants and proposed a broad based intrinsic capacity of individuals that interactions with the environment and society. This framework will need to be strengthened with specific cultural and aspects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island populations. We will apply this approach to our previously studied populations for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples to define healthy ageing. These studeis include both longitudinal and cross-sectional studies. Using our previously studied cohorts from the last 15 years, we will then deer
Investigators
Leon Flicker, Dawn Bessarab, Venessa Curnow, Dina LoGiudice, Roslyn Malay, Kate Smith, David Atkinson, Edward Strivens, Briony Dow and Jeremey Temple in collaboration with Sarah G Russell and Rachel Quigley (The University of Western Australia, Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service, Melbourne Health, College of Medicine & Dentistry, National Ageing Research Institute and The University of Melbourne)
Keywords
Healthy Ageing; Indigenous Health; Dementia

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Caregiver Burden in the Torres Strait - are we asking the right questions?

Indicative Funding
$38,000 over 2 years
Summary
The proposed project will investigate the best way to assess carer burden in the Torres Strait. Research suggests that current approaches to assessing carer burden may not accurately capture the Indigenous perspective of caregiver wellbeing. Yarning circles will be used to investigate carer experience in the Torres Strait. Yarning circles will focus on key issues such as the experience of burden, barriers to accessing support and providing care, and the health service response to carer issues. Findings will guide the development of a culturally appropriate framework for the assessment of carer burden, and provision of supports and tailored interventions.
Investigators
Diane Cadet-James, Sarah G Russell, Rachel Quigley and Edward Strivens (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Caregiver; Torres Strait Islander people; Indigenous Ageing

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Microfunding Scheme

Piloting a continuous quality improvement framework to strengthen quality of care in Aboriginal residential aged care

Indicative Funding
$20,000 over 2 years
Summary
This study responds to concerns raised in The Royal Commission report, 2021 that the Australian aged care system struggles to effectively manage people with complex care needs. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is a method designed to improve the capacity and readiness of health services/staff to meet pre-determined goals/standards, and the quality of treatment and care, and implement health interventions. This project aims to assess the suitability of the CQI model for improving the quality of care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) by developing and implementing a CQI framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander RACF.
Investigators
Yvonne Hornby-Turner, Edward Strivens, Sarah G Russell, Yvonne Cadet-James and Rachel Quigley (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Indigenous Education & Research Centre)
Keywords
Ageing; Aged Care; Health Services; Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islanders

National Health & Medical Research Council - TCR into Dementia in Indigenous Australians

Let's CHAT (Community Health Approaches To) Dementia in Indigenous Communities

Indicative Funding
$292,714 over 4 years (administered by The University of Melbourne)
Summary
This is an extension to an existing 3-year NHMRC funded Dementia Boosting Grant (APP1137425 - Improving Detection and management of dementia in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders attending Primary Care [IDEA-PC]) stud which now received two more years funding extending the project beyond 2020 to 2021-2022 (APP1150337 - Let's CHAT). wwwww The aim of the study is to work with 12 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) co-researching agencies (3 in each of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia). We will work collaboratively with staff at the ACCHSs and with the community to build skills in assessing and looking after older people.
Investigators
Dina LoGiudice, Leon Flicker, Dawn Bessarab, Mark Wenitong, David Atkinson, Kate Smith, Edward Strivens, Kylie Radford and Sandra Thompson in collaboration with Andrew Stafford, Gail Daylight, Irene Blackberry, Julie Ratcliffe, Kristen Jacklin, Marianne Wood, Noeleen Tunny, Pauline Mackell, Sarah G Russell and Venessa Curnow (Melbourne Health, The University of Western Australia, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Neuroscience Research Australia, Dementia Training Australia, Jimmy Little Foundation, La Trobe University, Flinders University, University of Minnesota, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, National Ageing Research Institute and Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service)
Keywords
Indigenous Health; Assessment; Dementia

National Health & Medical Research Council - Centres of Research Excellence

Strengthening the Quality of Dementia Care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Residential Aged Care

Indicative Funding
$9,989 (administered by University of Sydney)
Summary
Aim: Develop and field-test an audit tool for assessing the standard of dementia care in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander residential aged care (RAC), against Quality Standards and Best Practice guidelines for dementia care. Method: - Undertake scoping review on best practice dementia care; - Develop a standardised audit tool based on scoping review evidence; - Field-test tool to evaluate face and content validity and inter-rater reliability. Outcome: Best practice dementia care audit tool and accompanying manual. Significance: Groundwork for a larger funding application to Dementia Australia that will test the audit tool and inform the feasibility and acceptability of a continuous quality improvement approach for strengthening dementia care in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander RAC.
Investigators
Yvonne Hornby-Turner, Diane Cadet-James, Edward Strivens, Patricia Lees, Veronica Matthews, Sarah G Russell and Rachel Quigley (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Injilinji Aged Care Unit and The University of Sydney)
Keywords
Ageing; Indigenous Health; Residential aged care facility; Dementia care

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Implementation of a Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design support model in the Cairns Clinical Research Unit.

Indicative Funding
$5,000 over 1 year
Summary
This project aims to introduce a biostatistics, epidemiology and research design (BERD) support model into research education and development activities via the CHHHS Clinical Research Unit (CRU). The CRU has historically been central to the conduct of research incubator workshops, monthly drop-in clinics and research cohort support programs. However, researchers at the Cairns Hospital campus don?t yet benefit from an incumbent bio-statistician and epidemiologist. This project aims to provide clinicians access to high-level biostatistics and epidemiology assistance, enhance the capability of the Research Officer through collaborative consultation and assess the efficacy of the BERD model in FNQ clinical research.
Investigators
Janelle James-McAlpine, Ian Wright, Edward Strivens and Susan Richmond (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service)
Keywords
Biostatistics; Research Design; Research Education

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Contract Research

Evaluation framework for community rehabilitation services in remote northern Australia.

Indicative Funding
$49,502 over 2 years
Summary
An evaluation framework for community rehabilitation services in northern Australia will be developed. In Stage 1, a guiding framework will be devised following a systematic literature review. In Stage 2, routinely collected data relevant to the framework will be identified through data scoping. In Stage 3 the framework will be refined using a modified Delphi consensus approach and in Stage 4, tested for data accuracy and to determine rules for application. Processes and outcomes responsive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will be prioritised. This evaluation framework will enable continuous quality improvement, benchmarking against national standards and evidence-informed investment.
Investigators
Alice Cairns, Ruth Barker, Linton Harriss and Edward Strivens in collaboration with Robyn McDermott, Vivienne Sandler, Sandra Campbell, Tania Cavanagh, Desley Harvey, Ella Dunsford and Jacquelin Capell (Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health, College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Torres & Cape Hospital & Health Service, Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service and University of Wollongong)
Keywords
Evaluation; Allied Health; Rehabilitation; Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; Health Services

National Health & Medical Research Council - Boosting Dementia Research Grant

Improving detection and management of dementia in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders attending Primary Care (IDEA-PC)

Indicative Funding
$389,352 over 4 years (administered by University of Melbourne)
Summary
In this project we will work with 12 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) co-researching agencies (3 in each of NSW, Qld, Victoria and WA). We will work collaboratively with staff at the ACCHSs and with the community to build skills in assessing and looking after older people. The aims of the project are to:- 1) improve detection and management of dementia and cognitive impairment among older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending Aboriginal Primary Care services; 2) Improve the quality of life of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with dementia and cognitive impairment, and their carers/family.
Investigators
Dina LoGiudice, Leon Flicker, Dawn Bessarab, David Atkinson, Mark Wenitong, Sandra Thompson, Kate Smith, Edward Strivens and Kylie Radford in collaboration with Andrew Stafford, Briony Dow, Gail Daylight, Irene Blackberry, Julie Ratcliffe, Kristen Jacklin, Sarah Russell and Venessa Curnow (The University of Melbourne, The University of Western Australia, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, College of Medicine & Dentistry, Neuroscience Research Australia, Dementia Training Australia, New South Wales Health, La Trobe University, University of South Australia, University of Minnesota and Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service)
Keywords
Indigenous Health; Assessment; Dementia
Supervision

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.

Completed
  • Understandings and experiences of dementia in Fiji (2021, PhD , External Advisor)
  • Older Persons Enablement and Rehabilitation for Complex Health Conditions (OPEN ARCH): Evaluating the efficacy of an integrated model of care for community dwelling older Australians (2022, PhD , External Advisor)
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  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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