About

Dr Bohanna has an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, with a focus on mental health and substance misuse. She is also Associate Research Fellow in the APHCRI Centre for Research Excellence in the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High-Risk Populations (James Cook University). Dr Bohanna’s PhD examined markers of cognitive and motor impairment in individuals with Huntington’s disease, and she has worked with the World Health Organisation Western Pacific Regional Office on strategy development in the mental health area. Since 2011, Dr Bohanna has worked with Aboriginal communities on projects related to substance misuse, mental health, and brain injury.

Interests
Research
  • Brain injury, mental health, substance misuse, Aboriginal health, neuroscience, brain imaging
Experience
  • 2011 to present - Research Fellow, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2010 - Research Assistant, University of Melbourne, McCaughey Centre: VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing
  • 2006 to 2007 - Research Assistant, Neuroimaging group, Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2011 - Campion-Ma-Playoust Award, best oral presentation to the Annual Scientific Meeting by a researcher under 30 years of age, Australian Society for Medical Research Conference.
  • 2011 - Winner, “Your research in 3 minutes” competition for science communication (medical faculty winner, and overall winner in Early Career Researcher category), James Cook University
Fellowships
  • 2012 - Research Fellow, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
  • 2012 to 2015 - National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Research Fellowship
  • 2012 to 2014 - Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Research Excellence in the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High-Risk Populations, James Cook University
Other
  • 2005 - First Class Honours (Bachelor of Science), Physiology, Monash University:
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science, Monash University: Awarded a Commonwealth Awards Scholarship
  • 2007 to 2010 - Australian Rotary Health PhD scholarship
  • 2007 to 2010 - PhD, Centre for Neuroscience, University of Melbourne & Howard Florey Institute
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 25+ research outputs authored by Dr India Bohanna from 2008 onwards.

Current Funding

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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
Summary
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, Jennifer Fleming, Paul Maruff and A Esterman (College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, The University of Sydney, The University of Queensland, The University of Melbourne and University of South Australia)
Keywords
Traumatic Brain Injury; Rehabilitation; Indigenous Health

NHMRC - Early Career Fellowship

Cannabis and mental health in Cape York Aboriginal communities

Indicative Funding
$294,892 over 4 years
Summary
High rates of cannabis use and dependence are key factors contributing to the high mental health burden in Indigenous Australians. To date, there is very limited understanding of the nature and prevalence of these impacts in remote Indigenous communities where cannabis use is very high. The key objective of this research program is to document, for the first time, the mental health impacts of cannabis use in Aboriginal Australians living in remote Cape York communities.
Investigators
India Bohanna in collaboration with Alan Clough (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Cannabais; Indigenous; Mental Health
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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
  • From hospital to home: understanding the lived experience of traumatic brain injury in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and the implications for transition support (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
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