Roxanne Bainbridge is a Gungarri Aboriginal woman from South Western Queensland.  She has a background in Anthropology and Indigenous Australian Studies. Roxanne is currently employed as a Senior Research Fellow in The Cairns Institute at James Cook University. Her work is embedded in Aboriginal empowerment and social inclusion research and has a particular focus on the social determinants of Aboriginal Australian health and wellbeing. Roxanne’s doctorate was conferred in 2010 and examined pathways to resilience for Aboriginal Australian women. Her subsequent leadership on two Australian Research Council Awards considered: 1) 2011 – 2012:Pathways to engagement into education for Aboriginal students (ARC DI110100011); and 2) 2013 - 2015: The value of mentoring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into education and employment in school contexts (ARC IN130100023). Roxanne is herself mentored by Professor Komla Tsey.

Roxanne is part of a growing body of national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars (National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network – Australian Research Council SR120100005) who are endeavouring to significantly improve the quality of research conducted with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. NIRAKN provides "a platform for new multi-disciplinary research and the establishment of a critical mass of multi-disciplinary, qualified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers to meet the compelling research needs of our communities". She is also part of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Building Indigenous Research Capacity networkwho are representative of number of universities and research institutes across Australia.

Roxanne demonstrates multidisciplinary expertise clustered around Aboriginal empowerment and wellbeing: her methodological expertise lies particularly in participatory research approaches; auto/ethnographic approaches, systematic literature reviews and grounded theory. She has worked across a number of projects in Aboriginal health and wellbeing (e.g. mental health, palliative care for end-stage renal patients, social and emotional wellbeing and health promotion) and education (e.g. engagement, pedagogy, school transitions, inclusive practice and mentoring); and currently supervises four research students from these key fields.


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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 64+ research outputs authored by Dr Roxanne Bainbridge from 2007 onwards.

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Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC - Research Activity Funding

Sustainable implementation of Indigenous early childhood family support programs that work: a Family Wellbeing (FWB) Case-Study

Indicative Funding
$503,553 over 3 years
The aim of the project is to define and develop funding models and mechanisms that can support FWB empowerment program integration and implementation within early childhood family support programs. The FWB program attends to the social and emotional wellbeing needs of the family and in this instance will integrate FWB at different levels to enhance broader community capacity to create supportive environments for children to thrive. A whole of community approach is a defining feature of this project which will bring together Indigenous early childhood family support service providers, policy makers and researchers through collaborative partnerships. Improving the health and wellbeing of children is vital to ensuring that good health continues into adulthood which has implications for positive social, cultural, educational and economic outcomes.
Yvonne Cadet-James, Komla Tsey, Irina Kinchin, Roxanne Bainbridge, Claire Campbell, Jane Mills and Janya McCalman in collaboration with Catherine Brown, H Klieve, Mary Whiteside and Louis McPherson (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Arts, Society & Education, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, College of Healthcare Sciences, Griffith University and La Trobe University)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Family Wellbeing; Early Childhood

Australian Research Council - Discovery Indigenous

Developing a framework for measuring Indigenous research benefit

Indicative Funding
$612,845 over 3 years
The proposed project will bring together researchers and Indigenous community members to develop a collaborative framework for measuring research benefit. It will address two main 'Closing the Gap' priority areas, Indigenous health and education, by questioning what constitutes research benefit from an Indigenous perspective, and how can the benefits of research be measured to ensure sustainable outcomes for Indigenous communities. The innovation of this project lies in its methodology which will unpack the benefit construct from an Indigenous worldview to enable future research projects to be designed with outcomes in mind that are acceptable and valued by Indigenous beneficiaries and be informed by Indigenous knowledge.
Felecia Watkin, Roxanne Bainbridge, Yvonne Cadet-James, Komla Tsey and Janya McCalman (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, Central Queensland University, College of Arts and Society & Education)
Aboroginal & Torres Strait Islander; benefit; research impact

National Health & Medical Research Council - Mental Health Targeted Call for Research

Psycho-social resilience, vulnerability and suicide prevention: a mentoring approach to modifying suicide risk for remote Indigenous students who are compelled to relocate to boarding schools

Indicative Funding
$824,875 over 5 years
Responsive to concerns of suicide risk for transitioning students by Education Queensland's Transition Support Service, this study will examine the implementation and effectiveness (including cost-effectiveness) of a targeted mentoring approach that promotes psychosocial resilience against suicide for remote Indigenous students who are compelled to transition to boarding schools. It will contribute practice - and policy-relevant knowledge for education providers and broader Indigenous suicide prevention efforts.
Roxanne Bainbridge, Janya McCalman, Komla Tsey, Ernest Hunter, Patrick McGorry, Mark Wenitong, Yvonne Cadet-James, Anthony Shakeshaft, Christopher Doran and Christopher Lalonde in collaboration with Catherine Brown, Les Baird, Nerina Caltabiano, Melissa Haswell-Elkins, Sue McGinty, Marie O'Dea, Lynne Russell, Sandy Russo, Katrina Rutherford, Vicki-Lea Saunders and Richard Stewart (Cairns Institute, The University of Queensland, Orygen Research Centre, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Indigenous Education & Research Centre, The University of New South Wales, The University of Newcastle, University of Victoria, Wontulp-Bi-Buya College, College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Arts, Society & Education, Headspace, Cairns, Victoria University of Wellington, Education Queensland, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
suicide prevention; Mentoring; School-based Intervention; Aboriginal mental health; Adolescent Health; Intervention study

Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC

Pathways to resilience: The role of cultural connectedness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents

Indicative Funding
$89,813 over 2 years
Resilience, the capacity to negotiate and shape environments in which people can respond to life?s challenges in healthy meaningful ways, is key to flourishing in life. But there is an absence of evidence about how pathways to resilience are navigated by culturally diverse populations. With a specific focus on the cultural determinants, this research will explain how pathways to resilience are negotiated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents to sustain their health and wellbeing.
Roxanne Bainbridge, Janya McCalman, Komla Tsey, Yvonne Cadet-James, Catherine Brown and Melody Muscat in collaboration with Mark Wenitong (Cairns Institute, College of Arts, Society & Education, Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Apunipima Cape York Health Council)
Indigenous Australians; Resilience; Adolescents; Wellbeing

National Health & Medical Research Council - Centres of Research Excellence

Systematic Review: Family-Centred Approaches for Early Childhood Health and Wellbeing Care

Indicative Funding
$21,107 over 2 years (administered by University of Western Australia-Apunipima Cape York Health Council)
The Apunipima and JCU partnership proposes to systematically review the literature to answer three overarching research questions: 1) What family-centred approaches have been documented to improve MCH and what are their effectiveness? 2) What indicators are used to measure the effects of family-centred MCH approaches? 3) To what extend have their costs and benefits been documented?
Janya McCalman, Sandra Campbell, Rachael Ham, Linda Shields, Komla Tsey, Roxanne Bainbridge, Katrina Keith, Karen Edmond, Natalie Stroebl and R Marriott (Cairns Institute, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Arts, Society & Education, The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University)
Indigenous; Systematic Review; Cochrane; Maternal and Child Health; Family Health

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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.

  • BLACKGAMMON - A Model for Co-Designing Alternate Reality Games with Indigenous Australian Youth as a Participatory Health Promotion Approach to Future Healthy Parenthood. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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