We examine health issues relevant to Australia’s First Peoples from a number of perspectives, including:

  • Environmental and housing contributors to poor health
  • Factors influencing food choice
  • The use and abuse of addictive substances
  • The provision of essential services, including water, to remote communities. 

Current projects

  • Housing and infectious diseases in Central Australia 
  • Evaluation of drinking water management in the outer Torres Strait
  • Menstrual hygiene options in remote communities 
  • Menstrual hygiene options in Western Cape York 
  • Groundwater contamination and its contribution to kidney disease
  • Merchandising intervention impact on purchasing and retail performance in remote North Queensland and Northern Territory stores

Grants

  • UQ Global Change Institute Flagship Funding for housing and infectious diseases in Central Australia ($120,000)
  • Queensland Health evaluation of drinking water management in the outer Torres Strait ($50,000)
  • UQ Global Engagement seed funding for menstrual hygiene options in remote communities ($12,000)
  • UQ Early Career Researcher grant for menstrual hygiene options in Western Cape York ($38,000)

Partners

  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA)
  • Women on Country (Western Cape York)
  • Melbourne University’s Indigenous Eye Health Unit
  • Central Queensland University’s Indigenous Health Equity Unit

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