About

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

 

 

Interests
Professional
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Research
  • Healthy Ageing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities in FNQ
Teaching
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2021 - Patsy Bjerregaard Award for Excellence in Patient Care in Allied Health - oustanding performance in the field of research
  • 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
Fellowships
  • 2005 - APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
Memberships
  • 2016 - Member, Statewide Dementia Clinical Network
  • 2016 - Member, International Indigenous Dementia Research Network, Canada
  • 2005 - Australiasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI)
  • 2000 - Synapse, Brain Injury Association, Queensland
  • 1995 - Australian Psychological Society (APS)
Publications

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Other research outputs
Current Funding

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

Ian Potter Foundation - Grant

Developing culturally appropriate mental health assessment tools for older adults living in the Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
$375,380 over 4 years, in partnership with Queensland health ($30,000)
Summary
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.
Investigators
Sarah G Russell and Rachel Quigley in collaboration with Ajay Macharouthu, Diane Cadet-James and Betty Sagigi (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Queensland Health)
Keywords
Mental Health; Geriatrics; Torres Strait Islander People

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
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
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
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
Indigenous Health; Chronic Disease; healthy ageing; Dementia

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation - Research Grant

ADAPTTS - App-Based Diet and Physical Activity Tools for the Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
$25,000 over 2 years
Summary
The aim of this project is to develop and validate dietary and physical activity assessment tools for use in the Torres Strait. Having culturally appropriate assessment tools embedded in primary health care services will facilitate appropriate identification and referral for at risk patients. This will promote best practice care in the region leading to better health outcomes and improved service delivery for the benefit of Torres Strait Islanders living in Far North Queensland. The project also is a collaboration between researchers at JCU Healthy Ageing Research Team (HART), clinical staff in TCHHS and local NGOs based in the Torres Strait.
Investigators
Melissa Kilburn, Sarah G Russell, Rachel Quigley, Edward Strivens, Kathryn Meldrum and Diane Cadet-James (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Torres Strait Islander; Nutrition; Diet; Screening and Assessment Tool; Physical Activity

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Research Seed Grants

Caregiver Burden in the Torres Strait - are we asking the right questions?

Indicative Funding
$38,000 over 2 years
Summary
The proposed project will investigate the best way to assess carer burden in the Torres Strait. Research suggests that current approaches to assessing carer burden may not accurately capture the Indigenous perspective of caregiver wellbeing. Yarning circles will be used to investigate carer experience in the Torres Strait. Yarning circles will focus on key issues such as the experience of burden, barriers to accessing support and providing care, and the health service response to carer issues. Findings will guide the development of a culturally appropriate framework for the assessment of carer burden, and provision of supports and tailored interventions.
Investigators
Diane Cadet-James, Sarah G Russell, Rachel Quigley and Edward Strivens (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Caregiver; Torres Strait Islander people; Indigenous Ageing

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Microfunding Scheme

Piloting a continuous quality improvement framework to strengthen quality of care in Aboriginal residential aged care

Indicative Funding
$20,000 over 2 years
Summary
This study responds to concerns raised in The Royal Commission report, 2021 that the Australian aged care system struggles to effectively manage people with complex care needs. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is a method designed to improve the capacity and readiness of health services/staff to meet pre-determined goals/standards, and the quality of treatment and care, and implement health interventions. This project aims to assess the suitability of the CQI model for improving the quality of care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) by developing and implementing a CQI framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander RACF.
Investigators
Yvonne Hornby-Turner, Edward Strivens, Sarah G Russell, Yvonne Cadet-James and Rachel Quigley (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Indigenous Education & Research Centre)
Keywords
Ageing; Aged Care; Health Services; Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islanders

National Health & Medical Research Council - Centres of Research Excellence

Strengthening the Quality of Dementia Care in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Residential Aged Care

Indicative Funding
$9,989 (administered by University of Sydney)
Summary
Aim: Develop and field-test an audit tool for assessing the standard of dementia care in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander residential aged care (RAC), against Quality Standards and Best Practice guidelines for dementia care. Method: - Undertake scoping review on best practice dementia care; - Develop a standardised audit tool based on scoping review evidence; - Field-test tool to evaluate face and content validity and inter-rater reliability. Outcome: Best practice dementia care audit tool and accompanying manual. Significance: Groundwork for a larger funding application to Dementia Australia that will test the audit tool and inform the feasibility and acceptability of a continuous quality improvement approach for strengthening dementia care in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander RAC.
Investigators
Yvonne Hornby-Turner, Diane Cadet-James, Edward Strivens, Patricia Lees, Veronica Matthews, Sarah G Russell and Rachel Quigley (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Injilinji Aged Care Unit and The University of Sydney)
Keywords
Ageing; Indigenous Health; Residential aged care facility; Dementia care

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 ($26,805)
Summary
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.
Investigators
Sarah G Russell and Rachel Quigley in collaboration with Ajay Macharouthu, Diane Cadet-James and Betty Sagigi (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Queensland Health)
Keywords
Delirium; Geriatrics; Program evaluation

Menzies School of Health Research - HOT NORTH - Project Grant

HART Yarning Circle Training

Indicative Funding
$3,884
Summary
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
Investigators
Sarah G Russell and Rachel Quigley (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Keywords
Aboriginal Health; Torres Strait Islander Health

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
Summary
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.
Investigators
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)
Keywords
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.

Current
  • Healthy Ageing in the Torres Strait: Developing and Implementing a Framework for Best-Practice Aged Care within Primary Health Care Centres (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Long term Predictive and and Protective Factors of Dementia in the Torres Strait and Cape (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 1 collaboration
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