About

My name is Michelle Redman-MacLaren. I am Anglo-Celt born on Gubbi Gubbi country, with most of my childhood spent on a farm on Gamilaraay country (near what is now known as Narrabri). I have a professional background as a social worker, and continue to draw on my passion for inclusive, developmental and decolonising processes developed during my undergraduate and Master of Social Work studies at the University of Queensland.

Since 2005, I have contributed to higher education as a tutor, lecturer, field educator, public health researcher and more recently, as a supervisor for higher degree students.

I am currently the Associate Dean, Research Education in the College of Medicine and Dentistry, where I strive to create spaces that support successful higher degree students and their advisors. I am also a public health researcher who facilitates qualitative and mixed methods research. I co-research with Indigenous peoples, especially Pacific Islander and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to improve sexual and reproductive health, reduce transmission of infectious diseases and strengthen health systems. My NHMRC-funded PhD research, undertaken in the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University, was a transformational grounded theory study focused on HIV prevention with women in Papua New Guinea.  

I am also exploring arts-based approaches to research through poetic inquiry, as I presented in a recent TEDx talk. For more details on my scholarly work please visit my JCU Publications page, my Google Scholar page or my OrcidID.

Teaching
  • HS7405: Research Methodologies for Health Professionals (Level 7; TSV)
  • RM8301: Research Planning in Tropical Health and Medicine (Level 8; CNS & TSV)
  • RM8302: Research Project in Tropical Health and Medicine (Level 8; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Participatory approaches to research
  • Decolonising research
  • Research capacity strengthening
  • Pacific peoples health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Social and cultural determinants of health
  • Poetic inquiry
Experience
  • 2020 to present - Associate Dean Research Education, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2018 to present - Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Research Fellow, Central Queensland University (Cairns)
  • 2008 to 2016 - Research Officer/Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2006 to 2009 - Casual Lecturer/Tutor, James Cook University (Cairns)
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2016 - Distinguished Friend of Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea.
  • 2016 - Dean’s List for Excellence, Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) 2015
  • 2013 - PhD Category Award winner (awarded $2,500). ‘So you think you can research?’ North Queensland Festival of Life Sciences
Fellowships
  • 2020 - Adjunct Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow, School of Health Science, Pacific Adventist University
  • 2019 - Fellow of ALARA (Action Learning Action Research Association)
  • 2018 - Fellow, The Cairns Institute
  • 2017 - Adjunct Academic, Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research, CQUniversity Australia
Memberships
  • 2019 - Pacific Society for Reproductive Health
  • 2017 - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • 2016 - Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies
  • 2010 - International Association for Community Development
  • 2009 - Reconciliation Queensland Inc
  • 2006 - Action Learning & Research Association, Australia and New Zealand
  • 2004 - Australian Association of Social Workers
  • 2017 to 2020 - Health Systems Global
  • 2012 to 2016 - Australasian Society for HIV Medicine
  • 2012 to 2015 - Tropical Research Network
  • 2009 to 2015 - Public Health Association Australia
Other
  • 2012 to 2015 - Doctor of Philosophy: Implications of male circumcision for women in Papua New Guinea, including for HIV prevention. College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University
  • 2002 to 2007 - Master of Social Work (Community Development and Human Service Management), University of Queensland
  • 1990 to 1993 - Bachelor of Social Work (Major: Community Work), University of Queensland
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 54+ research outputs authored by Dr Michelle Redman-MacLaren from 2010 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - DFAT Administered (aid) Simple Grant Agreement

Community led development, climate resilience and conservation in East Malaita

Indicative Funding
$40,000
Summary
Baru Conservation Alliance (BCA) was established a registered Non-Government Organisation in 2019 by leaders from East Kwaio, Malaita, Solomon Islands to coordinate ecological and cultural conservation in their tribal lands. This includes the holistic health and wellbeing of plants, animals and people living in prescribed conservation areas. This project, funded by the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands allows JCU and the Australian Museum to build sustainable scientific and management capacities with the fledgling organisation. The project will support a series of local JCU supported projects within conservation areas that include TB, water and sanitation, reproductive health, community education and reforestation.
Investigators
David MacLaren, Michelle Redman-MacLaren and Tommy Esau in collaboration with Paul Flemmons, Dorothy Esau and Esau Kekeubata (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Museum and Baru Conservation Alliance)
Keywords
Conservation; Kwaio; Solomon Islands; Community Health; Tuberculosis

Massey University - contract research - Contract Research

Review of Tokelau's Clinical Health Services and Patient Referrals Sceme

Indicative Funding
$6,903 (administered by Massey University)
Summary
The Tokelau Government has asked for an independent review of the Tokelau Patient Referrals Scheme (TPRS) and clinical health services. In partnership with the Tokelau Government, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has engaged a Massey University-led team to do the review. Our proposal is distinguished by three features in particular: the team is Pacific-led, the review design is bottom up, participatory and solutions-focussed, and our approach is grounded in a Tokelauan world view of health and wellbeing. This approach will allow for the co-creation of knowledge, will ensure that the review is inclusive of a diversity of views, including marginalised groups, and will enable us to undertake an in-depth review which reflects the social, economic, cultural and spiritual context. Methodological innovations such as use of the Systems Assessment Tool and particpatory co-design workshops will enable us to generate robust findings combining quantitative and qualitative data.
Investigators
Tracie Mafileo, Sunia Foliaki, Tanya Koro, Helen Leslie, Michelle Redman-MacLaren and Caryn West (Massey University, Pasifika Health Service, Central Public Health Organisation, College of Medicine & Dentistry and College of Healthcare Sciences)
Keywords
Health services, Pacific people's health

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund - Grant

Documenting Indigenous Plant Knowledge to Strengthen Conservation Management in Kwaio, Solomon Islands

Indicative Funding
$26,184
Summary
The project is designed to deliver ongoing capacity-strengthening activities and training in project management, organizational governance and financial management to enhance local conservation efforts in the central mountains of the island of Malaita, Solomon Islands. Our larger goals include setting up a Kwaio CSO to manage conservation activities in the area (see ?Project Objectives? below), protect and conserve priority species on Malaita, and in the longer-term, work toward creating Protected Areas to protect globally threatened species. We also hope the project will serve as a conservation model for other Malaitan and Solomon Islands communities. The project is taking place with people of the Kwaio language group. The mountain Kwaio people are the largest Solomon Islands group still practicing their indigenous ancestral religion. The biodiversity conservation project is documenting the deep local knowledge of medicinal plants and bush foods found in the rainforest of Malaita, and building capacity to undertake similar projects in the future.
Investigators
David MacLaren, Esau Kekeubata, John Laete?esafi, Jackson Waneagea, David Akin, Humpress Harrington, James Asugeni, Tommy Esau, Peter Massey, Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Ben Speare, Darren Crayn and Frank Zich (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Kwainaa Cultural Centre, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Pacific Adventist University (Atoifi Campus), Atoifi Adventist Hospital, New South Wales Health, Tropical Health Solutions Pty Ltd, College of Science & Engineering and Australian Tropical Herbarium)
Keywords
Kwaio; Traditional Medicine; Solomon Islands; Medicinal Plants; Traditional Knowledge; Biodiversity Conservation
Supervision

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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.

Current
  • Social Workers' Lived Experience of Working within the End-of-Life Care Context (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Family planning service provision in Solomon Islands: A Case Study Approach (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Transition from Girlhood to Womanhood: Experiences of Adolescent Females in Papua New Guinea. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Perception and Practives of Utilizing Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and Services among Young People in Papua New Guinea (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Healthy Ageing in the Torres Strait: Developing and Implementing a Framework for Best-Practice Aged Care within Primary Health Care Centres (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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