About

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.    

Teaching
  • WS1005: Human Rights and Social Justice (Level 1; CNS)
  • WS2121: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • WS2511: Professional Values and Ethics (Level 2; TSV)
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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.

Indicative Funding
$120,000 over 3 years
Summary
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.
Investigators
Vinnitta Mosby (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Torres Strait Islander; Children; Play based learning; Social-emotional development; Education

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

Meriba buay - ngalpan wakaythoemamy (we come together to think): Evaluating a Torres Strait Research Community of Practice

Indicative Funding
$405,692 over 1 year
Summary
The project aims to identify and describe processes involved in developing and implementing a Community or Practice (CoP) that focuses on the social determinants of health and well-being for Torres Strait Islanders; and monitor and evaluate the Knowledge Translation (KT) capacity of CoP members and KT impact in the community. The expected outcomes include (a) a repository of knowledge about TSI research projects (b) a network to support capacity building and ? knowledge translation strategy. Current knowledge about the social determinants of health for Torres Strait islanders is fragmented and researchers are often working in isolation. There is growing evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of CoPs in health care and knowledge translation through shared learning, innovative practice and collaborative research.
Investigators
Felecia Watkin, Vinnitta Mosby, Juanita Sellwood and Al Harvey in collaboration with Sean Taylor, Cass Hunter, Lynda Ah Mat, Sanchia Shibasaki, Daniel Grainger and Margaret Harvey (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Arts, Society & Education, Queensland Health, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, The University of Queensland, SenseMakers 4 Smarter Care and Monash University)
Keywords
Torres Strait; Social Determinants; Community of Practice; ToresStrait Islander health
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