Research Strategic Directions
Healthy Rural Communities
(Contact: Dr Karin Fisher)
Health outcomes and access to health care for indigenous Australians is an important focus. The Gomeroi gaaynggal Indigenous Mothers and Babies Program is an excellent example of research supported by community engagement. This is a collaborative project with the University of Newcastle’s Mothers and Babies Research Centre, led by Professor Roger Smith, headed locally by Dr Kym Rae. The strength of the project is in the use and support of an arts health approach underpinned by a participatory action framework while investigating the developmental causes of renal disease among the Aboriginal population.
Rae K. Wearing someone else’s shoes. Medical Humanities 2010; 36(1): 40-42
Fuery P, Smith R, Rae K, Burgess R, Fuery K. Morality, duty and the arts in health: A project on Aboriginal underage pregnancy. Arts and Health 2009; 1(1):36-47
Rae K, Smith R, Weatherall L, McKay P. The birth of Gomeroi gaaynggal. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal 2009; 33(6): 9-11
Prevention plays an important role in primary health care. Health behaviours that require health interventions are often the result of lifestyle activities, such as smoking, lack of physical activity and a diet high in fat and salt. Research in this area also focuses on falls prevention for elderly Aboriginal Australians and obesity prevention messages in the community. This is an emerging area of research.Contact: Dr Karin Fisher)
Health services research is concerned with the delivery of health care, the outcomes of the provision of care and consumer perspectives about access to health care services. The importance of consumer perspectives is demonstrated in projects such as the investigation of access to the needle syringe program and the use of advanced care planning.
May J, Grotowski M. HPV vaccine catch up schedule: An opportunity for chlamydia screening. Australian Family Physician 2008; 37(7): 529-530
Fisher K, Hussain R, Jamieson M, Minichiello V. Syphilis and disadvantage in rural communities. International Journal of STD & AIDS. Letter to the editor, March 2008; 19(3): 215.
Dr Karin Fisher
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