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.    

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Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC - Seeding Grant 2020

Exploring play in pre-school aged children and the social and emotional benefits associated with positive peer interactions. Starlight Children?s Foundation Australia.

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$120,000 over 3 years
This project aims to explore the benefits of play in preschool aged children in the Torres Strait transitioning to formal education. The project will partner with the mobile playgroup program offered by Mura Kosker Sorority Inc. (MKS). The unique feature of the MKS playgroup program includes its mobility, taking playgroup into the community and offering support and wellbeing to both parents and children, providing a soft entry point to other services. This project will allow the co-development of practice-led resources and training material for playgroup providers and facilitators and generate new knowledge to improve school readiness in Torres Strait Islander children. The project expects to contribute to current knowledge by proving evidence based approaches to improve social-emotional and educative outcomes in young children.
Vinnitta Mosby (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Torres Strait Islander; Children; Play based learning; Social-emotional development; Education

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  • Experiences, Enables and Barriers for Aboriginal Women aged 16 years and over who have Experienced Sexual Assault in North West Queensland accessing Acute and Ongoing Therapeutic Care (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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