Irina Kinchin is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Economics at the Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research, CQUniversity.  Prior to this, Irina was a Teaching Academic at the College of Business, Law and Governance at James Cook University and a Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute and the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Irina’s research is centred around application of methods for economic evaluation of complex interventions in the field of public health.  She is particularly invested in mental health research, and research on economic and lifecourse influences on suicide and suicidal behaviour.

Currently Irina works on the economic evaluation component on projects including:

  • Outcomes and impacts of the safeTALK suicide prevention program: an evidence-based appraisal for program delivery in Secondary Schools.
  • Psycho-social resilience, vulnerability and suicide prevention: impact evaluation of a mentoring approach to modify suicide risk for remote Indigenous Australian students at boarding schools.
  • Sustainable implementation of Indigenous early childhood family support programs that work: a Family Wellbeing (FWB) Case-Study.
  • Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a model of care for older patients with complex needs: a multicentre clinical trial (OPEN ARCH).
  • An exercise intervention for Australians living in residential aged care.
  • Economic evaluation of the Cairns Preventative and Recovery Care (PARC) service.

The underlying aim of her work is to ensure that committed investments are cost-effective and spent in ways leading to greatest improvements in target populations’ health and wellbeing.

  • 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

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 21+ research outputs authored by Dr Irina Kinchin from 2015 onwards.

Current Funding

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

Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC - 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 (Indigenous Education & Research 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

NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

CQI in Social and Emotional Wellbeing Flagship Project

Indicative Funding
$121,142 over 2 years (administered by University Centre for Rural Health North Coast)
To date CRE-IQI research has focused on the application of quality improvement in the context of clinical and other services and programs delivered mainly through primary health care centres. Extending the quality improvement knowledge base beyond the scope of health services is an objective of the CRE-IQI. The current project will develop and implement partnership models that can support quality improvement implementation across the broader social, emotional cultural and other determinants of health and wellbeing.
Komla Tsey, Leigh-Ann Onnis, Leslie Baird, Irina Kinchin, Mary Whiteside, H Klieve, Felecia Watkin and Tahalani Hunter (College of Arts, Society & Education, Central Queensland University, La Trobe University, Griffith University and Indigenous Education & Research Centre)
Indigenous Health; Family Wellbeing; Social and Emotional Wellbeing

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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.

  • 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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