Irina is a health economist with expertise in the evaluation of public health interventions across mental health preventative and recovery care, social and emotional development support.

As a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Irina also leads research in the economics of Indigenous health at the Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research and the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity. 

Irina is currently providing the economic input to evaluations of trials in aged care including trials of a community based coordination model of care for older persons at risk of hospitalisation (the OPEN ARCH project), and an exercise intervention for Australians living in residential aged care.

  • Mental Health Prevention and Recovery
  • Economics of Suicide and Non-Fatal Suicidal Behaviour
  • Equity and Social Determinants of Health
  • Evaluation Methods and Techniques
  • Impact Assessment and Decision Analysis
  • Health Economics Modelling
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 - Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

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Lowitja Institute - Research Activity Funding

Sustainable implementation of Indigenous early childhood family support programs that work: a Family Wellbeing (FWB) Case-Study

Indicative Funding
$503,553 over 3 years
The aim of the project is to define and develop funding models and mechanisms that can support FWB empowerment program integration and implementation within early childhood family support programs. The FWB program attends to the social and emotional wellbeing needs of the family and in this instance will integrate FWB at different levels to enhance broader community capacity to create supportive environments for children to thrive. A whole of community approach is a defining feature of this project which will bring together Indigenous early childhood family support service providers, policy makers and researchers through collaborative partnerships. Improving the health and wellbeing of children is vital to ensuring that good health continues into adulthood which has implications for positive social, cultural, educational and economic outcomes.
Yvonne Cadet-James, Komla Tsey, Irina Kinchin, Roxanne Bainbridge, Claire Campbell, Jane Mills and Janya McCalman in collaboration with Catherine Brown, H Klieve, Mary Whiteside and Louis McPherson (Aust Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Centre, College of Arts, Society & Education, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, College of Healthcare Sciences, Griffith University and La Trobe University)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Family Wellbeing; Early Childhood

Mind Australia - Contract Research

Proposal to Develop and Implement a Formative Evaluation of the Newly Established Cairns PARC Service

Indicative Funding
$31,835 over 2 years
This proposal aims to work collaboratively with service managers and other key stakeholders to development and implement a formative evaluation plan for the newly established Cairns prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) service. The expected outcomes of the proposed evaluation are: * a description of the PARC service profile and service use characteristics; * a framework to facilitate continuous quality improvement of PARC; * ensure strategies are in place to collect data over the longer term to assess the extent to which the PARC model as it operates in Cairns constitutes value for money; and * provide additional pilot data for the proposed NHMRC Partnership Grant application.
Komla Tsey, Irina Kinchin, Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Vinnitta Mosby in collaboration with Steve Morton, Margaret Grigg, Lisa Brophy and J Buchanan (College of Arts, Society & Education, Aust Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Centre, Mind Australia, The University of Melbourne and Cairns & Hinterland Health Service District)
PARC (Prevention and Recovery Care); Mental Illness; Mental Health; Evaluation

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.

  • Problem Based Learning As A Tool For Teacher Development- A Case From University of Papua New Guinea Public Health Teaching. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)

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