I am a Torres Strait Islander woman with connection to the Murray Islands in the Torres Strait.  Graduating with a degree in social work with first class honours in 2010 and obtaining an APA scholarship enabled the completion of my PhD from James Cook University in 2015.  I am employed as a lecturer in the school of Social Work and Human Services.   In the honours program my research focused on how Torres Strait Islanders’ experienced spirituality outside of place (Torres Strait).  The PhD focused on the out-migration of Torres Strait Islanders from the region between  2001-2011 and the experience of resettlement on the Australian mainland following movement.  Areas of interest include; internal migration and resettlement, spirituality, social-emotional health and wellbeing and climate change.    

  • WS1005: Human Rights and Social Justice (Level 1; TSV)
  • WS2121: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice (Level 2; CNS)
  • WS2511: Professional Values and Ethics (Level 2; TSV)
  • WS2512: Organisational Practice (Level 2; TSV)
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Mind Australia - Contract Research

Proposal to Develop and Implement a Formative Evaluation of the Newly Established Cairns PARC Service

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$31,835 over 2 years
This proposal aims to work collaboratively with service managers and other key stakeholders to development and implement a formative evaluation plan for the newly established Cairns prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) service. The expected outcomes of the proposed evaluation are: * a description of the PARC service profile and service use characteristics; * a framework to facilitate continuous quality improvement of PARC; * ensure strategies are in place to collect data over the longer term to assess the extent to which the PARC model as it operates in Cairns constitutes value for money; and * provide additional pilot data for the proposed NHMRC Partnership Grant application.
Komla Tsey, Irina Kinchin, Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Vinnitta Mosby in collaboration with Steve Morton, Margaret Grigg, Lisa Brophy and J Buchanan (College of Arts, Society & Education, Indigenous Education & Research Centre, Mind Australia, The University of Melbourne and Cairns & Hinterland Health Service District)
PARC (Prevention and Recovery Care); Mental Illness; Mental Health; Evaluation

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  • Documentation of Traditional Practices and Languages in the Western Torres Strat Islands and their Implementation in a Local Primary Classroom (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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