Dr Yvonne Hornby-Turner is a Medical Anthropologist with over 10 years’ experience in health services research and a working history in aged care.  Yvonne was awarded her PhD from Durham University, UK, in 2013, for her mixed methods research, which measured lifestyle behaviours of British South Asians as risk markers for chronic disease and explored sociocultural influences on these health behaviours.

Her current themes of research include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, primary health care, aged care, dementia prevention and best practice dementia care, and health systems and practice improvement. Her research strengths and skills include research project management and design, participatory, and action research, implementation and improvement science, and process and impact evaluation.

Yvonne has been instrumental in attracting research grants totalling around $5M, including four NHMRC project grants. Her peer-reviewed publications are largely in health services research, public health, and preventive health. Participatory and action research, Indigenous research methods, implementation and improvement science, process, impact, economic evaluation, capacity building, knowledge translation, co-development/design, and sustainability are the research methodologies and methods that underpin the projects that Yvonne manages, leads, and collaborates on.

She is a member of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), the International Indigenous Dementia Research Network (IIDRN) and fellow collaborator with the Centre for Research Excellence: STRengthening systems fo InDigenous health care Equity (CRE-STRIDE). Yvonne was recently presented with the JCU Award for Excellence in recognition of her outstanding achievements in ‘reconciliation’ for the contribution and commitment she has made to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander community-controlled health organisations and their broader community as a member of the Health Ageing Research Team.

  • Health Services Research, Quality Improvement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Aged Care, Primary health care, Dementia prevention, Best practice dementia care, Healthy ageing, Preventive health, Health promotion, Improvement science, Implementation science, Research evaluation, Indigenous research methods, Participatory action research, Action research.
  • 2020 to present - Research Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2019 - Research Fellow, University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research (Brisbane)
  • 2018 - Research Officer, Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners/Queensland Health (Brisbane)
  • 2014 to 2018 - Research Assistant/Project Manager, University of Queensland (Brisbane)

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Commonwealth Department of Health - Medical Research Futures Fund - Indigenous Health

Strong community, strong health: Exploring opportunities for chronic disease prevention in the Torres Strait

Indicative Funding
$473,642 over 2 years
Despite a decrease in mortality rates from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease since 2006, they still represent significant risk to the health and wellbeing of Australia?s First Nations peoples. This project will partner with First Nations people living in the Torres Strait to support their chronic disease outcomes by: 1) co-developing diet and physical activity (PA) tools; and 2) mapping social and environmental impacts on health in each partner community. This project will provide essential information about dietary and PA practices of people living in the Torres Strait.
Edward Strivens, Ray Mahoney, Karla Canuto, Sean Taylor, Valda Wallace, Gavin Miller, Betty Sagigi, Sarah G Russell, Rachel Quigley, Kathryn Meldrum, Yvonne Hornby-Turner, Torres Webb, Melissa Kilburn, Sarah Larkins and Dympna Leonard (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Flinders University, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Queensland Health and Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Chronic Disease; Diet; Physical Activity; Torres Strait; Partnership

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 3 years
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.
Yvonne Hornby-Turner, Edward Strivens, Sarah G Russell, Yvonne Cadet-James and Rachel Quigley (College of Medicine & Dentistry and Indigenous Education & Research Centre)
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 The University of Sydney)
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.
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)
Ageing; Indigenous Health; Residential aged care facility; Dementia care

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