About

Michelle is a public health researcher known for her ability to facilitate action-oriented research in a culturally respectful way for positive health outcomes. She achieves this by facilitating participatory, decolonising public health research with Pacific Islander and Indigenous Australian peoples that is sensitive to culture, spirituality and gender. Michelle has worked in the Pacific (Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea) and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities for over 20 years. 

Michelle has taught community development, social policy and research subjects, and facilitated public health research with universities in Australia, PNG and Solomon Islands for over 10 years. Michelle previously worked as a social worker/community development worker in hospital and community health settings, facilitating community development, health promotion, health worker training, and national and international NGO management (including support of refugees). 

During her NHMRC-funded PhD research, Michelle explored the implications of male circumcision practices with women in PNG, including women's risk of HIV transmission. 

For more information about the Solomon Islands research, please visit: Atoifi Research Home Page

On Twitter Michelle shares about the Pacific, action research, women, health and poetry  @shelmaclaren

Interests
Research
  • Participatory action research
  • Decolonising research
  • Research capacity strengthening
  • Pacific Islands
  • Indigenous
Experience
  • 2008 to present - Senior/Research Officer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2006 to 2009 - Casual Lecturer/Tutor, James Cook University (Cairns)
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2016 - Dean’s List for Excellence, Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine) 2016.
  • 2016 - Distinguished Friend of Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea.
  • 2013 - PhD Category Award winner (awarded $2,500). ‘So you think you can research?’ North Queensland Festival of Life Sciences
Memberships
  • 2017 - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • 2017 - Health Systems Global
  • 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
  • 2012 to 2016 - Australasian Society for HIV Medicine
  • 2012 to 2015 - Tropical Research Network
  • 2009 to 2015 - Public Health Association Australia
Other
  • 2017 - Adjunct Academic, Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research, CQUniversity Australia
  • 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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Current Funding

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Century Mining Ltd - 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, John Laete?esafi, Esau Kekeubata, Jackson Waneagea, David Akin, Tommy Esau, Peter Massey, Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Ben Speare, Darren Crayn, Frank Zich, Humpress Harrington and James Asugeni (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Kwainaa Cultural Centre, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, New South Wales Health, Tropical Health Solutions Pty Ltd, College of Science & Engineering, Division of Tropical Environments & Societies, Pacific Adventist University (Atoifi Campus) and Atoifi Adventist Hospital)
Keywords
Kwaio; Traditional Medicine; Solomon Islands; Medicinal Plants; Traditional Knowledge; Biodiversity Conservation
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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
  • Transition from Girlhood to Womanhood: Experiences of Adolescent Females in Papua New Guinea. (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
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