Kris is a medical anthropologist who has lived and worked in regional Australia and has a passion for improving the health of rural, remote and Indigenous Australian populations.  Kris worked as a research officer at the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH) on several major projects including The Rural and Remote Road Safety study (2005-2006), development of an online Cultural Awareness training package for General Practitioners (GPET Cultural Awareness Package) (2006), and the Lifescripts adaptation for use with Indigenous clients (2007).   Kris also completed her PhD in Mount Isa, Queensland; a critical medical anthropological enquiry of the health care choices and health care access barriers facing local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of the community.  This was followed by postdoctoral studies examining the ways that JCU Medical Students understand and integrate principles of social accountability into their learning and practice. 

Kris's recent work has included research on the use of Quad Bikes in occupational settings in North West Queensland, the current state of primary industries OHS research, and the barriers and facilitators facing farmers in the uptake of OHS solutions on their enterprises. This work was completed with Associate Professor Richard Franklin of the World Safety Organisation Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (CPHMVS).  In collaboration with Professor Maxine Whittaker and Dr David McLaren, Kris has also been exploring the perceptions and attitudes to skin health held by Mount Isa community members.  

  • HS2401: Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • PC2208: Pharmaceutical Public Health and Primary Healthcare for Pharmacists (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • TM5502: Tropical Public Health (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5510: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Level 5; TSV)
  • Qualitative research methods; Ethnographic methods; Anthropology; Public Health; Medical anthropology; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; Underserved populations; Rural and Remote Health; Community led health initiatives; Evaluation
  • Rural and Remote Health; Indigenous Health; Research Methods; Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Australian communities
  • 2016 - Lecturer, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Science, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland, Australia)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Sessional lecturer, College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland, Australia)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Senior Research Officer, World Safety Organisation Collaborating Center for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (CPHMVS, JCU Townsville, Queensland Australia)
  • 2005 to 2014 - Research Officer, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 26+ research outputs authored by Dr Kris McBain-Rigg from 2006 onwards.


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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.

  • Delirium assessment in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Far North Queensland: understanding, relevance and propiety of current Practice (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • An Anthropological Exploration into Cultural Deafhood in Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Experiences of embodiment and exclusion in medical systems: Power, knowledge and transvaginal mesh devices (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Impact of health policies and interventions on the sexual and reproductive health outcomes of persons with disabilities in Ghana: a study in the Ashanti region (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Advocacy in nursing: challenging the power structures that keep nurses silent (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Critical Indigenist examination of the impact on efficiency and sustainability of a quality management system in Aboriginal primary health care. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Aeromedical Retrieval of People with Acute Behavioural Disturbance (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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