I am an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman from Palm Island, Nth Queensland, home to the Bwgcolman people. My role as a health professional has been interrelated with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and professional leadership experiences over the past three decades.This has involved participating in various leadership roles in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health on State, Territory, Federal and International forums.

I have extensive practice in rural and remote health, and am a strong advocate for Aboriginal community controlled health. I am committed to developing effective research and education that impacts on health praxis; in particular working towards better outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health. This has led to a passion for working with community to develop support strategies to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth health and families through best practice, and more recently including families and prison research/correctional services with Prof. Andrew Day, Indigenous Education and Reserach Centre.

The passion to work with and for community has extended into the use of social media for public health activism and advocacy such as #IHMayDay (Indigenous Health May Day https://croakey.org/about-ihmayday/ ) an annual 15 hour Twitter event that privileges Indigenous voices in discussing holistic health issues that impact on Indigenous peoples and their communities.

  • nursing and midwifery Indigenous family health; psychosocial health; perinatal mental health youth and young people's health alcohol, drugs and substances prison research community development social and emotional wellbeing
  • Reconciliation processes at all levels of government and community between First Nations Austalians and wider Australian community.
  • Social Media (Twitter) Health Advocacy and Activism. Convening Annual Twitter Event #IHMayDay Indigenous Health May Day with other health professionals.
  • Domestic and International politics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. State and Federal Goverment health CTG intiatives and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.
  • Indigenous research methods and methodology, and knowledge development. Reserach capacity building with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, local research informing local service development and delivery.
  • Strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, child rearing practices, holistic family service development.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and young people's social, emotional, spiritual and mental health wellbeing.
  • Model of health care consideration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health outcomes.
  • 2018 to present - AI WOmen’s action for Mums and Bubs (WOMB): A pragmatic trial of participatory women’s groups to improve Indigenous maternal and child health, CI Dr Sarah Larkins, James Cook University (Townsville and Aboriginal Communities)
  • 2015 to present - PhD Research Supervisor PhD Candidate in progress., James Cook University (Towsville)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Cultural Consultant/Health Researcher, QCS Development of an Intevention Pathway/Models that reduce reoffending for Aboriginal and Torrres Strait Islanders, James Cook University, Queensland Correctional Services (Townville)
  • 2016 to 2018 - CI on Palm Island study ‘The social impact of drug, alcohol and volatile substance misuse among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their family on Palm Island: a community survey informing a Palm Island Youth Strategy’, James Cook University, Ferdy's Haven Palm Island, Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service (Townsville and Palm Island)
  • 2016 to 2017 - PhD Research Supervisor PhD Candidate to completion, University of Canberra (External Supervisor, Townsville)
  • 2009 to 2013 - Cohort Indigenous research member in Building Indigenous Research Capacity Project. NH&MRC project for developing Indigenous researchers Australia wide., James Cook University (Townville)
  • 2006 to 2012 - PhD Research - Thesis: First steps, making footprints: intergenerational Palm Island families' Indigenous stories (narratives) of childrearing practice strengths., James Cook University (Townsville and Palm Island)
  • 2008 to 2009 - Research Fellow, Federal Govt Project - Integrated Services Modelling Project, Dept of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (Townville and Palm Island)
  • 2005 to 2009 - Indigenous Consultant/Counselor, informing service development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, conducting research in victims of crime and service development., Relationships Australia Queensland (Townsville)
  • 2001 to 2005 - Indigenous Constultant/Research Assistant, modifying the EPDS for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women in Townsville, Mount Isa and Palm Island, Nth Queensland., beyondblue National Post Natal Depression Project (James Cook University)
  • 2000 to 2002 - Special Project Officer Public Health, Indigenous Cervical Cancer Research, Queensland Health (James Cook University)
  • 1994 to 1999 - Midwife/Health Service Manager. Researching effectiveness of Aboriginal community control on antenatal care services and birthing outcomes. Perinatal mental health. Co-author of 1st edition of Minymaku Kujta Tjurkurpa Women's Business Manual, Congress Alukura by the Grandmothers Law (Alice Springs, Central Australia)
  • 2016 - Sally Goold Award, Congress for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives,
  • 2010 to 2011 - Wood Scholarship for Postgraduate Indigenous Health Studies
  • 2010 - Australian Federation of Graduate Women Inc.
  • 2007 to 2008 - Thelma Meyers Memorial Indigenous Nursing Scholarship

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 25+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Lynore Geia from 2006 onwards.

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National Health & Medical Research Council - Partnership Projects

Working it Out Together! Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led co-design for a strong and deadly health workforce

Indicative Funding
$904,772 over 5 years, in partnership with North Queensland Primary Health Network ($36,000) and Queensland Health ($50,000)
Building a stable, well-trained and culturally safe health workforce is a crucial part of delivering high quality primary health care (PHC) services. Previous attempts to strengthen rural/remote health workforce have failed, partly because they have not integrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and lived experience with necessary policy and systems support. There has been little research into culturally safe strategies to improve workforce stability in complex PHC context. This project will bridge these gaps through a community-led, place-based planning approach, engaging service providers, policy-makers and funders to co-design workforce strategies and models of care that are locally relevant, successful and sustainable. This community-based participatory project uses a mixed methods quasi-experimental pre-post design to implement co-designed actions to explore: How do we systematically embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into place-based planning and action for a stable and effective workforce that engenders community trust in local PHC delivery? Working with key sector partners in four service-based rural/remote clusters across Qld, NT and NSW, we will co-design and trial strategies to strengthen workforce competency and stability (by strengthening local career pathways for Indigenous people and strengthening cultural competency of non-Indigenous staff), and use community-centred impact and economic evaluation. Our team is majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and builds on relationships and learnings developed through our ongoing PHC system improvement work. Each jurisdictional team comprises a local Indigenous PHC service, community-controlled peak body, primary health network, government health department and university partner. This optimal mix will ensure successful implementation of sustainable strategies and translation into policy and practice for improved community access to quality PHC and health outcomes.
Sarah Larkins, Veronica Matthews, Emma Walke, Catrina Felton-Busch, Sean Taylor, Paul Burgess, Marni Tuala, Renee Blackman, Karen Carlisle and Lynore Geia in collaboration with Nishila Moodley, Payden Samuelsson, Sinon Cooney, Leisa Fraser, Bevan Ah Kee, Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Warren Locke and Cameron Johnson (College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Sydney, JCU Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health, Menzies School of Health Research, Department of Health (NT), Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, Gidgee Healing Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Ltd, Queensland Health, Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service, Katherine West Health Board, Western Queensland Primary Health Network, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, New South Wales Health and College of Healthcare Sciences)
Primary care; Rural Workforce; Community Participation; Indigenous Health; Rsual and Remote Health Services; Cultural Safety

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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.

  • IAHA Framework: The development and implementation of an audit tool for culturally responsive healthcare practices (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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