About

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 convened and moderated by myself in collaboration with public health journalist Dr Melissa Sweet.

Teaching
  • NS4101: Capstone - Midwifery Care for Aboriginal and TSI Women and their Families (Level 4; TSV)
  • NS5132: Midwifery Care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • 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.
Research
  • 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.
Teaching
  • Model of health care consideration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health outcomes.
Experience
  • 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)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2016 - Sally Goold Award, Congress for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives,
Other
  • 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
Publications

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Current Funding

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Mental Health First Aid International - Contract Research

Evaluation of the 3rd Edition Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) Course

Indicative Funding
$76,700 over 2 years
Summary
Mental health first aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is a received or until the crisis resolves. This project will evaluate the recently launched 3rd edition Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) course.
Investigators
Andrew Day, Lynore Geia, Mercy Baird, Sharon Casey and Rosemary Wanganeen (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Arts, Society & Education and Private Consultant / Practitioner)
Keywords
Mental Health; First Aid; Evaluation; Aboriginal; Torres Strait

NHMRC - Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme

Implementation and evaluation of an innovative student-led rehabilitation and lifestyle service in Northern Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic and disabling conditions: A pilot study.

Indicative Funding
$45,433 (administered by Menzies School of Health Research)
Summary
This project will pilot a student-led rehabilitation and lifestyle service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Napranum and Weipa in partnership with Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service (TCHHS) and Apunipima Cape York Health Council (ACYC). A sequential mixed methodology will be used to evaluate the service from stakeholders' perspectives: participants, allied health students, Aboriginal and allied health workforce and collaborating organisations. To privilege the voices of Aboriginal people, Indigenous methodologies will be used. This project will provide a service for Napranum and Wei pa communities and a service model for other remote communities across Northern Australia.
Investigators
Alice Cairns, Robyn McDermott, Ruth Barker, Louise Maple-Brown, Beth Armstrong and Lynore Geia in collaboration with Sabina Knight and Catrina Felton-Busch (Division of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, College of Healthcare Sciences, Menzies School of Health Research and Edith Cowan University)
Keywords
Rehabilitation; Lifestyle; Student; Allied Health; Indigenous

QLD Department of Justice & Attorney General - Queensland Corrective Services Tender

Development of an Intervention Pathway and/or models that reduce reoffending for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual offenders

Indicative Funding
$200,000 over 2 years
Summary
This project will develop a pathway for intervention for QLD Correctional Service clients who are known sexual offenders from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural backgrounds. It will involve community and criminal justice consultations and the preparation of advice for the Department.
Investigators
Andrew Day, Amon Tamatea, Shawn Ross, Alan Clough, Lynore Geia, Garry Kidd and Sharon Casey (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, University of Waikato, The University of Melbourne, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and College of Healthcare Sciences)
Keywords
Sex offender; Reintegration; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
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