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)
  • WS2511: Professional Values and Ethics (Level 2; TSV)
  • WS2513: Community Work (Level 2; TSV)
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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 2 years
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.
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)
Torres Strait; Social Determinants; Community of Practice; ToresStrait Islander health

Mind Australia - Contract Research

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

Indicative Funding
$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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