Irina is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Economics at the Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research at Central Queensland University (CQUniversity, Brisbane). She holds a PhD in economics and a PGDip in health economics. Since 2013 she has worked as a health economist and demonstrated multidisciplinary expertise clustered around impact evaluations of interventions, programs and services for vulnerable populations (people at risk of suicide, Indigenous Australians, people with mental illness, experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, or frailty). The underlying aim of Irina’s work is to ensure that committed investments are cost-effective and spent in ways leading to greatest improvements in target populations’ health and wellbeing. Since March 2016, she is supported by a research fellowship position in health economics at CQUniversity, where her main area of research is economics of mental health with a focus on suicidal behaviour.

Current projects include:

· Economic evaluation of transition to Aboriginal community control of primary health care services in Yarrabah

· Economic impact of suicide and suicide prevention in Australia: towards an evidence-informed policy approach

 · Outcomes and impacts of the safeTALK suicide prevention program: an evidence-based appraisal for program delivery in secondary schools

·  Building an evidence base for a sustainable, evidence-based model of care for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services across Cape York

· 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

· Evaluation of the Cairns Preventative and Recovery Care (PARC) service

  • Economics of Mental Health
  • Equity and Social Determinants of Health
  • Impact Assessment and Decision Analysis
  • Health Economics Modelling
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - Vice-Chancellor’s Research Publication Recognition Award
  • 2016 - Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2018 - Visiting Scholar, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2016 - Visiting Scholar, International Centre for Health Economics, Management, and Policy (CHEMP) at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow and St. Petersburg

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 26+ research outputs authored by Dr Irina Kinchin from 2015 onwards.

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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

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, Indigenous Education & Research Centre, Mind Australia, The University of Melbourne and Cairns & Hinterland Health Service District)
PARC (Prevention and Recovery Care); Mental Illness; Mental Health; Evaluation

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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.

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