I am a research fellow with the College of Medicine and Dentistry. I am a founding member of the Healthy Ageing Research Team (HART) who are a group of clinician-based researchers in Far North Queensland whose research priorities are driven by community identified priorities and clinical need. My research focuses on healthy ageing, with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in FNQ. I have been instrumental in attracting 8 continuous years of NHMRC grant funding to the total of just under $3 million. 

I hold a Masters and PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology and work as a Clinical Neuropsychologist  at the Cairns Hospital and in private practice. I also provide research supervision to postgraduate students and clinical supervision to psychologists and neuropsychologists.

Chief Investigator [Total funding $3,028,000]  

2019-2023. NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grant: Reducing dementia risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities $1.5m

2019-2023. NHMRC Targeted Call: A Framework for Healthy Ageing in the Torres Strait. $1.1m.

2016-2018. NHMRC Project Grant: Prevalence of Dementia and Common Health Issues of Later life in the Torres Strait. $365,000.

2014. FNQ Hospital Foundation. To evaluate the reliability of the KICA-screen in a telehealth setting. $3,000.

2014. Mason Foundation. Establishing the Prevalence of Alzheimer's Disease in the Torres Strait using Culturally Appropriate Assessment Methods.   $60,000.


Associate Investigator [Total funding $5,159,446]

2019-2023. NHMRC Targeted call: University of Western Australia: Defining and predicting Healthy Ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Populations (HATS). $931,000

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]) $ 2,172,421

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

2013. Dementia Collaborative Research Centres. Prevalence of Dementia in the Torres Strait. Seed funding which enabled us to successfully secure the NHMRC Project Grant $23,249


  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Healthy Ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities in FNQ
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2016 - Patsy Bjerregaard Award for Excellence in Patient Care in Allied Health - oustanding performance in the field of research
  • 1995 - James Cook University 2nd year undergraduate statistics prize
  • 2011 to 2012 - NAHSSS Allied Health Clinical Psychology Scholarship
  • 2004 - University of Western Australia, Completion Scholarship
  • 2001 to 2004 - Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2005 - APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • 2016 - Member, International Indigenous Dementia Research Network, Canada
  • 2016 - Member, Statewide Dementia Clinical Network
  • 2005 - Australiasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI)
  • 2000 - Synapse, Brain Injury Association, Queensland
  • 1995 - Australian Psychological Society (APS)

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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 5 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 5 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 Health Service District, Queensland Health, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland)
Indigenous Health; Chronic Disease; healthy ageing; Dementia

National Health & Medical Research Council - Project Grant

Prevalence of Dementia in the Torres Strait and common health issues of later life in the Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
$365,000 over 3 years
The aim of the project is to assess the prevalence of dementia in people aged 45 years and over living in the Torres Strait and identify potential risk and protective factors associated with dementia risk in the region. An additional aim is to validate a full version of a culturally appropriate cognitive assessment tool, the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA), for use in the Torres Strait.
Edward Strivens, Dina LoGiudice, Kate Smith, Edward Helmes, Gavin Miller, Sarah G Russell and Nancy Pachana in collaboration with Leon Flicker, Vonda Malone, J Norrie and Desley Harvey (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Melbourne Health, The University of Western Australia, College of Healthcare Sciences and The University of Queensland)
Dementia; Cross Cultural Assessment; Torres Strait Islander People; Ageing; Indigenous 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.

  • Healthy Ageing in the Torres Strait: Developing and Implementing a Framework for Best-Practice Aged Care within Primary Health Care Centres (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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