I am a founding member of the Healthy Ageing Research Team (HART), a group of clinician-based researchers in FNQ whose research agenda is driven by community identified priorities and clinical need. The focus of my research agenda is both integrated care and healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

I completed an MPhil in 2020 that investigated how carers of older adults with complex needs navigate through health and aged care systems.

Chief investigator on x2 NHMRC co-authored grants totalling $2.6M

  1.  2019-2023. NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grant: Reducing dementia risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities $1.5m
  2. 2019-2023. NHMRC Targeted Call: A Framework for Healthy Ageing in the Torres Strait. $1.1m.

Other HART projects I co-manage include:

  • 2018-2020. NHMRC Boosting Dementia Grant: University of Melbourne:  Improving Detection and management of dementia in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders attending Primary Care [IDEA-PC]) $ 2,172,421A national NHMRC funded collaboration investigating identification of cognitive impairment and dementia within Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations. Aims to improve detection and management of dementia and cognitive impairment among older Aboriginal and Torres Srait Islander people and improve their and their carers’ quality of life
  • 2019-2021: NHMRC Targeted call.  University of Melbourne: Let's CHAT (Community Health Approaches To) Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities $2,032,776
  • 2019-2023. NHMRC Targeted call: University of Western Australia: Defining and predicting Healthy Ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Populations (HATS). $931,000
  • Older Persons Enablement and Rehabilitation for Complex Conditions (OPEN ARCH)This $1.2M program has operated for 18 months with funding from Queensland Health Clinical Excellence Division and the North Queensland Primary Health Network. OPEN ARCH is being evaluated to determine sustainability, acceptability, accessibility, safety and fidelity. Furthering my interest in service innovation to improve health outcomes, I am an investigator on the OPEN ARCH randomised controlled trial and a chief investigator and manager of the qualitative component exploring patient and carer experience of the program.
  • 2018 - • 2018 Awarded Highly Commended in the Emerald Literati Awards for the publication: doi: 10.1108/JICA-11-2016-0044.
  • 2015 - • 2015 CHHHS Patsy Bjerregaard Award for Excellence in Patient Care for outstanding performance in the field of research
  • 2018 - International Indigenous Dementia Research Network
  • 2018 - NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR)
  • 2017 - Australian Association of Gerontology
  • 2017 - Emerging Researchers in Ageing
  • 2016 - Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health
  • 2010 - Older Persons Health Clinical Network
  • 2010 - State-wide Dementia Clinical Network
  • 2003 - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • 2014 to 2015 - FNQ Clinical Advisory Group to Medicare Local
  • 2017 - Scholarship: $3,000 FNQ Hospital Foundation
  • 2016 to 2019 - Scholarship: $30,000 Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme. SARRAH. Postgraduate scholarship for Master of Philosophy - An exploration of ‘burden of treatment' among carers of community dwelling older people with complex care needs

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National Health & Medical Research Council - Boosting Dementia Research Grant

Reducing Dementia Risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Indicative Funding
$1,515,145 over 6 years
The aim of the project is to address these issues through the development of a range of interventions to specifically target the high rates of dementia in Indigenous communities. This project will use a Participatory Action Research approach to enable communities to identify and prioritise dementia risk reduction strategies/potential risk and protective factors. Using a Continuous Quality Improvement Framework, primary health care centries will address modifiable dementia risk factors to change practice and systems through the development of culturally appropriate interventions. The outcome will be a culturally appropriate framework that incorporates evidence-based best-practice guidelines for delivering community specific interventions for risk reduction and prevention of dementia.
Edward Strivens, Sarah G Russell, Rachel Quigley, Sarah Larkins, Robyn McDermott, Venessa Curnow, Kate Smith, Prabha Lakhan and Veronica Matthews in collaboration with Alan Cass, Yvonne Hornby-Turner, Desley Harvey, Leon Flicker, Dina LoGiudice, Frankie Clive, Gavin Miller, Dallas McKeown and Gail Garvey (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Queensland Health, The University of Western Australia, The University of Sydney, Menzies School of Health Research, The University of Queensland, The University of Melbourne and North Queensland Primary Health Network)
Indgenous Health; Healthy Ageing; Dementia; Chronic Disease

National Health & Medical Research Council - Targeted Call for Research into Healthy Ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

A framework for healthy ageing in the Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
$1,100,540 over 6 years
The aim of this project is to develop a culturally appropriate framework of healthy ageing for Torres Strait Comjmunities to enable older persons to remain living well at hme and on Country for as long as possible. Participatory Action Research (PAR) within a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) framework will be the overarching lmethodology for this project. The scope of the framework will be guided by the World Health organisation Framework of Healthy Ageing encompassing both intrinsic capacity and environmental characteristics that influence health outcomes.
Edward Strivens, Sarah G Russell, Leon Flicker, Dina LoGiudice, Kate Smith, Rachel Quigley, Robyn McDermott, Sean Taylor, Venessa Curnow and Sarah Larkins in collaboration with Betty Sagigi, Desley Harvey, Dympna Leonard, Elizabeth Beattie, Gavin Miller, Jennifer Mann, Nancy Pachana and Yvonne Hornby-Turner (College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Australia, Melbourne Health, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Cairns & Hinterland Hospital & Health Service, Queensland Health, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland)
Indigenous Health; Chronic Disease; healthy ageing; Dementia

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

Developing culturally appropriate tools to screen for common mental health disorders in older adults aged 45 and over living in the Torres Strait.

Indicative Funding
$25,000 over 1 year, in partnership with the Menzies School of Health Research ($23,000)
The aim of the study is to develop culturally appropriate mental health assessment tools for older adults (e.g. aged 45 and over) living in the Torres Strait. Data from yarning circles with Torres Strait community members and health care staff will be used to identify how mental health disorders are expressed in the Torres Strait. A Delphi process will then be used to identify appropriate tools for assessing these domains of mental ill health for use in older adults in the Torres Strait. These tools will then be piloted to determine acceptability and validated for use in the Torres Strait.
Sarah G Russell and Rachel Quigley in collaboration with Ajay Macharouthu, Diane Cadet-James and Betty Sagigi (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Queensland Health)
Delirium; Geriatrics; Program evaluation

Menzies School of Health Research - HOT NORTH - Project Grant

HART Yarning Circle Training

Indicative Funding
The aim of this grant is to provide travel assistance to members of the Healthy Ageing Research Team living in the Torres Strait attend yarning circle training in Cairns provided by Professor Yvonne Cadet-James
Sarah G Russell and Rachel Quigley (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Aboriginal Health; Torres Strait Islander Health

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