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CSIRO - Top Up Scholarship

CSIRO Postgraduate Student Agreement - ADAPTTs - Melissa Kilburn.

Indicative Funding
$30,000 over 3 years
ADAPTTS - App-based Diet And Physical Activity Tools for the Torres Strait The proposed PhD project will develop and validate co-designed Diet and Activity browser App-based Tools in language (Torres Strait Creole) for use within Torres Strait Island Primary Health Care Centres The tools will provide point of care feedback to users. The work will be underpinned by decolonising and participatory Action Research methodologies. This project is part of a larger program of work by the Healthy Ageing Research Team (HART) within James Cook University led by Dr Edward Strivens. This research is funded by NHMRC and seeks to address the modifiable risk factors for chronic illness including dementia and cardiovascular disease. The PhD project has six phases of work as outlined in the research protocol and include: Phase 1: Finalise development of the diet and physical activity tools; Phase 2: Adapt to electronic format ; Phase 3: Pilot testing to measure tool acceptability, face and content validity; Phase 4: Validation of the tools ; Phase 5: Embedding into HARTs toolbox for ongoing health research in the Torres Strait and Phase 6: Identification of lifestyle behaviour patterns for comparison with mainstream populations
Melissa Kilburn (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Nutrition Assessment; Physical Activity Assessment; Food Frequency Questionnaire; Self-report tool

Commonwealth Department of Health - Medical Research Futures Fund - Indigenous Health

Strong community, strong health: Exploring opportunities for chronic disease prevention in the Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
$473,642 over 2 years
Despite a decrease in mortality rates from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease since 2006, they still represent significant risk to the health and wellbeing of Australia?s First Nations peoples. This project will partner with First Nations people living in the Torres Strait to support their chronic disease outcomes by: 1) co-developing diet and physical activity (PA) tools; and 2) mapping social and environmental impacts on health in each partner community. This project will provide essential information about dietary and PA practices of people living in the Torres Strait.
Edward Strivens, Ray Mahoney, Karla Canuto, Sean Taylor, Valda Wallace, Gavin Miller, Betty Sagigi, Sarah G Russell, Rachel Quigley, Kathryn Meldrum, Yvonne Hornby-Turner, Torres Webb, Melissa Kilburn, Sarah Larkins and Dympna Leonard (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Flinders University, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Queensland Health and Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Chronic Disease; Diet; Physical Activity; Torres Strait; Partnership

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

ADAPTTS - App-Based Diet and Physical Activity Tools for the Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
$25,000 over 2 years
The aim of this project is to develop and validate dietary and physical activity assessment tools for use in the Torres Strait. Having culturally appropriate assessment tools embedded in primary health care services will facilitate appropriate identification and referral for at risk patients. This will promote best practice care in the region leading to better health outcomes and improved service delivery for the benefit of Torres Strait Islanders living in Far North Queensland. The project also is a collaboration between researchers at JCU Healthy Ageing Research Team (HART), clinical staff in TCHHS and local NGOs based in the Torres Strait.
Melissa Kilburn, Sarah G Russell, Rachel Quigley, Edward Strivens, Kathryn Meldrum and Diane Cadet-James (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Torres Strait Islander; Nutrition; Diet; Screening and Assessment Tool; Physical Activity

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