About

I am an adjunct and researcher with the College of Medicine and Dentistry based in Townsville. I have experience in service development in rural, remote and regional Australia as a researcher, practitioner, and senior manager in government. I am interested in the interactions between health systems, organisations, and communities to improve people's health. I wrote a text book "Working with communities" in 2008 and reprinted in 2015. In 2013-14 I was a volunteer with Australian Volunteers for International Development in Nepal in the Ministry of Health and Population and again remotely in 2021 in Nepal with a small disability organsiation. With the disability organisation volunteering is centred around advocating for a rights-based disability inclusive response to Covid-19 (and other pandemics). My research interests include being part of a large NHMRC team co-led by Catrina Felton-Bush and Sarah Larkins Women's Action for Mums and Bubs, and LEAP co-led by Veronica Matthews and Sarah Larkins. I am also interested in sustainable community participation in rural general practice and will be updating my PhD research in 2022.

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National Health & Medical Research Council - Project Grant

Women's Action for Mums and Bubs (WOMB): A pragmatic trial of participatory women's groups to improve Indigenous maternal and child health

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$1,786,415 over 6 years
Summary
There is strong evidence elsewhere that involving community women in decision-making about strategies to improve the health of mothers and babies is a cheap and effective way of improving health. The WOMB study tests whether community women's groups improve the quality of maternal and child health care and outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the cost-effectiveness and mechanism of action.
Investigators
Sarah Larkins, Catrina Felton-Busch, Yvonne Cadet-James, Ross Baille, Jane Farmer, N Passey, Judy Taylor, V Matthews, Emily Callander and Rebecca Evans in collaboration with Priscilla Page, J Kelly, Adrian Esterman, Merrick Zwarenstein, Robyn Preston, Karen Carlisle, Lynore Geia, Elaine Williams and N Turner (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Mt Isa Centre for Rural & Remote Health, Indigenous Education & Research Centre, The University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University, University of Adelaide, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, The University of Western Ontario, College of Healthcare Sciences, NT Department of Health & Community Services and Menzies School of Health Research)
Keywords
Aboriginal Health; Torres Strait Islander health; Maternal & Child Health; Primary Health Care; Quality Improvement; Participatory women's groups; Community Participation
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