Centre of Research Excellence in Urban Aboriginal Child Health

Description

Contacts

Chief Investigator: Professor Emily Banks, email: emily.banks@anu.edu.au

CRE Manager / co-ordinator: Sumithra Muthayya Sax Institute, email: Sumithra.Muthayya@saxinstitute.org.au

Policy context

The Australian Government has committed to reducing disadvantage in Aboriginal people, including closing the gap in life expectancy within a generation and halving the gap in mortality rates for children under 5 years of age within a decade. Overall, 53% of the Aboriginal population of Australia live in cities or large regional centres and it is estimated that 60% of the health gap between Aboriginal and non‐Aboriginal Australians is attributable to the health of people living in non‐remote areas. In spite of this, little is known about the factors influencing the health of urban Aboriginal children and the paucity of research to test the impact of strategies to improve Aboriginal health is widely acknowledged.

Synopsis

The Centre of Research Excellence in Urban Aboriginal Child Health (CRE) aims to address these key gaps in evidence by supporting Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) to use data from the children attending their services to improve their health and health care. The CRE aims to:

  • Determine the primary care provided to children attending four urban ACCHSs in relation to community identified priority health conditions (ear health, developmental disability, risk factors for chronic disease and social and emotional well being).
  • Identify barriers to best‐practice primary care provided by these ACCHSs for these health issues.
  • Evaluate (a) the process of implementing an integrated data driven ACCHS‐led quality improvement program (Ensuring Quality in Urban Aboriginal heaLth ‐ EQUAL), including its cost effectiveness and acceptability (b) the impact of EQUAL on the health care provided to children attending these ACCHSs.
  • Implement strategies to translate evidence from the CRE research into practice and policy.
  • Build research capacity for improving urban Aboriginal child health.

The Centre is built on a long‐term collaboration between four ACCHSs (Awabakal (Newcastle), RivMed (Wagga Wagga), Tharawal (Campbelltown) and Western Sydney (Mt Druitt)), providing primary care to urban Aboriginal people, and a multidisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in knowledge translation, capacity building and health research. The CRE is based on:

  • established and successful partnerships between ACCHSs, community, researchers, and policymakers
  • established mechanisms for community engagement
  • data from the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH); the largest cohort study of urban Aboriginal Children ever conducted, with detailed demographic, social, family, health and clinical information on 1700 children attending the four ACCHSs, and their carers
  • internationally recognised expertise and methods for knowledge translation, through the Sax Institute and other collaborators
  • a team with extensive records of research achievement and workforce capacity development.

 

Publications

2016

  1. Andersen MJ, Williamson AB, Fernando P, Redman S and Vincent F. “There’s a housing crisis going on in Sydney for Aboriginal people”: focus group accounts of housing and perceived associations with health. BMC Public Health. 2016:16(1):429.
  2. Young C, Tong A, Sherriff S, Kalucy D, Fernando P, Muthayya S and Craig JC. Building better research partnerships by understanding how Aboriginal health communities perceive and use data: A semistructured interview study. BMJ Open. 2016:6(4):e010792.
  3. Williamson A, D’Este C, Redman S, Clapham K, Eades S, Manton T, Schuster L and Raphael B. What are the factors associated with good social and emotional wellbeing amongst Aboriginal children in urban New South Wales, Australia? Phase one findings from the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). BMJ Open. 2016;6:e011182. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011182.
  4. Williamson A, D’Este C, Redman S, Clapham K, Eades S and Raphael B. Psychological distress amongst the parents and carers of Aboriginal children living in urban New South Wales: Findings from Phase One of the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). Med J Aust. 2016; 205(1): 27-32. doi: 10.5694/mja16.00111.
  5. Young C, Gunasekera H, Kong K, Purcell A, Muthayya S, Vincent F, Wright D, Gordon R, Bell J, Gillor G, Booker J, Fernando P, Kalucy D, Sherriff S, Tong A, Parter C, Bailey S, Redman S, Banks E and Craig J. A case study of enhanced clinical care embedded in Aboriginal health research: the Hearing, EAr health and Language Services (HEALS) project. Aust NZ J Public Health. 2016 Dec;40(6):523-528. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12586. Epub 2016 Oct 23.
  6. Wright D, Gordon R, Carr D, Craig J, Banks E, Muthayya S, Wutzke S, Eades S and Redman S. The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH): A long term platform for closing the gap. Public Health Res Pract. 2016 Jul 15;26(3):pii: 2631635. doi: 10.17061/phrp2631635.
  7. Young C, Tong A, Gunasekera H, Kong K, Sherriff S, Kalucy D, Fernando P and Craig J. Health professional and community perspectives on reducing barriers to accessing specialist health care in metropolitan Aboriginal communities: A semi-structured interview study: Reducing barriers to health care. J Paediatr Child Health. 2016 Oct 17. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13374. [Epub ahead of print]
  8. Chando S, Young C, Craig J, Gunasekera H and Tong A. arental views on otitis media: systematic review of qualitative studies. Europ J Pediatrics. 2016.175(10):1295-1305. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00431-016-2779-6 *
  9. Olsen A and Lovett R. Compass: Research to policy and practice. Existing knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities: Key findings and future directions. 2016;1. ISSN: 2204-9622 (print) 2204-9630 (online). Sydney: ANROWS.*
  10. Olsen A and Lovett, R. Existing knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities: State of knowledge paper. 2016; ISSN: 2204-9657 9 (print) 2204-9665 (online). Sydney: ANROWS.*
  11. Thurber KA, Banwell C, Neeman T, Dobbins T, Pescud M, Lovett R and Banks E. Understanding barriers to fruit and vegetable intake in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children: a mixed-methods approach’, Pub Health Nutrition, 2016.( ):1–16. doi: 10.1017/S1368980016003013.*
  12. Banks E, Crouch S, Korda R, Stavreski B, Page K, Thurber K, et al. Absolute risk of cardiovascular disease events and treatment with blood pressure- and lipid-lowering medications in the Australian general population. Med J Aust. 2016;204(8):320.

2015

  1. Thurber KA, Dobbins T, Kirk M, Dance P and Banwell C. Early Life Predictors of Increased Body Mass Index among Indigenous Australian Children. PLoS ONE [Internet] 2015;10(6):e0130039. doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0130039.*

2014

  1. Thurber KA, Boxall A-M and Partel K. Overweight and obesity among Indigenous children: individual and social determinants. Canberra: Deeble Institute, 2014.*
  2. Thurber K. Soft drinks / hard evidence: Reducing soft drink intake could have benefits for Indigenous children. The Health Advocate. 2014; June:32–3.*
  3. Thurber KA, Banks E and Banwell C. Cohort Profile: Footprints in Time, the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. Int J Epidemiol [Internet] 2014:1–12. doi:10.1093/ije/dyu122.*
  4. Maddox R, Davey R, Lovett R, Van der Sterren A, Corbett J and Cochrane T. A systematic review protocol: social network analysis of tobacco use. Syst reviews [Internet] 2014;3(1):85. doi:10.1186/2046-4053-3-85.*
  5. Lovett R. Dance P. Guthrie J. Brown R and Tongs, J. Walan Girri: developing a model of culturally mediated case management model for problematic alcohol use among urban Indigenous people. Aust Health Rev [Internet] 2014; 38:440–6. doi: 10.1071/AH13148.*
  6. Lovett R. A history of health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In O Best and B Fredericks (Eds.), Yatjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care. 2014;(31–48). Port Melbourne: Cambridge.*
  7. Thurber K, Banks E and Banwell C. Approaches to maximising the accuracy of anthropometric data on children: review and empirical evaluation using the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. Public Health Res Pract [Internet] 2014;25:e2511407. doi.org/10.17061/phrp2511407.*
  8. Thurber KA, Bagheri N and Banwell C. Social determinants of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. Family Matters: Australian Institute of Family Studies. 2014;95:51–61.*

2013

  1. Williamson A, Andersen M, Redman S, Dadds M, D’Este C, et al. Measuring mental health in Indigenous young people: a review of the literature from 1998-2008. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry [Internet] 2013 June;19(2):260–72. doi: 10.1177/1359104513488373
  2. Thurber K. On the right track: Body mass index of children in Footprints in Time. Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children: Report from Wave 4. Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; 2013( ):50–7.*
  3. Maddox R, Davey R, Cochrane T, Lovett R and van der Sterren A. Study protocol – Indigenous Australian social networks and the impact on smoking policy and programs in Australia: protocol for a mixed-method prospective study. BMC Public Health [Internet] 2013; 13:879. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-879.*
  4. Fforde C, Bamblett L, Lovett R, Gorringe S and Fogarty B. Discourse, deficit and identity: Aboriginality, the race paradigm and the language of representation in contemporary Australia. Media Int Australia. 2013;149( ):162–173.*
  5. Thurber K. Birthweight and fasting glucose and insulin levels: results from the Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study. Med J Aust [Internet] 2013; 199:743–4. doi: 10.5694/mja13.11022.*

Under Review

  1. Andersen M, Williamson A, Fernando P, Eades S, Redman S. The social context for housing problems experienced by Aboriginal people in Western Sydney: poverty, racism and implications for housing assistance provision, under review Housing studies.
  2. Young, Christian; Tong, Allison; Nixon, Janice; Fernando, Peter; Kalucy, Deanna; Sherriff, Simone; Clapham, Kathleen; Craig, Jonathan; Williamson, Anna. Perspectives on childhood resilience among the Aboriginal community: an interview study, under review ANZJPH.
  3. Larkins N, Teixeira-Pinto A, Gunasekera H, Senior T, Cass A, Eades S, Banks E, Craig J. Blood pressure among Australian Aboriginal children, under review Journal of Hypertension
  4. SEARCH Investigators. Cohort Profile: Baseline information on the health of urban Aboriginal children. Under review Journal of Epidemiology

 

Edited volume of conference proceedings

  1. Reed R, Williams S. (2015). The Study of Environment on Aboriginal and Child Health (SEARCH): Preliminary findings. In: 2015 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program and Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia. phcris.org.au/conference/abstract/8179
  2. Sheriff S, King J. (2015). The perspectives of urban Aboriginal people on access to child ear health and speech services: Hearing, EAr health and Language Services (HEALS) project. In: 2015 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program and Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia. phcris.org.au/conference/abstract/8204
  3. Kalucy D. (2015). Unleashing health and research data to help close the gap: How do Aboriginal health communities perceive and use data? A semi-structured interview study. In: 2015 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program and Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia. phcris.org.au/conference/abstract/818

 

Conference presentations (unpublished)

2016

  1. Andersen, M. SEARCH housing: a snapshot, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) postgraduate student symposium. February 15th-16th 2016. Auckland New Zealand.
  2. Andersen, M. SEARCH housing: a snapshot, Australasian Housing Researchers Conference. February 17th-19th 2016. Auckland New Zealand.
  3. Lovett R. and Olsen A. State of knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities. ANROWS Inaugural National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children. 23-25 February 2016. Melbourne, Australia.
  4. Miller H. and Williams S. The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH): Preliminary baseline findings. Poche Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Forum. 28 July 2016. Sydney, Australia.
  5. Muthayya S. Fernando P. Young C. Craig J. SEARCH: Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health. Sydney Children’s Health Network Grand Rounds. 25 August 2016. Westmead, Australia.
  6. Miller H. Agreement of audiologists and ENTs of OM diagnosis: The Study of Event: Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) OMOZ Conference.13-15 September 2016. Newcastle, Australia.
  7. Miller H. and Williams S. Prevalence of OM in urban Aboriginal children: Findings from the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health. OMOZ Conference. 13-15 September 2016. Newcastle, Australia.
  8. McNamara B. Passive exposure to tobacco smoke and health outcomes among Aboriginal children from urban NSW: SEARCH study. Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference. 9 November 2016. Melbourne, Australia.
  9. Muthayya S. SEARCH: A long term platform for closing the gap. NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation. 23 November 2016. Melbourne, Australia.
  10. Kalucy D. SEARCH: A long term platform for closing the gap. Primary Health Association Australia: National Primary Health Care Conference. 25 November 2016. Melbourne, Australia.
  11. Gott K. Parent-Child Comparative Analysis of Speech Production in Urban Aboriginal Australian Children. International Speech Pathology Conference. 21-25 August 2016. Dublin, Ireland.
  12. Williamson A. and Kalucy D. Mental healthcare pathways for urban Aboriginal children
  13. SEARCH Annual Forum. 02 December 2016. Sydney, Australia.
  14. Young C. and Nixon J. Community perspectives on Aboriginal childhood resilience. SEARCH Annual Forum. 02 December 2016. Sydney, Australia.
  15. Sherriff S. and Muthayya S. Overweight and obesity in urban Aboriginal children. SEARCH Annual Forum. 02 December 2016. Sydney, Australia.
  16. Miller H. and Williams S. Agreement between ENT and Audiology diagnoses and prevalence of otitis media in urban Aboriginal children. SEARCH Annual Forum. 02 December 2016. Sydney, Australia.
  17. Purcell A. and Gott K. Parent-child comparison of speech production in urban Aboriginal children. SEARCH Annual Forum. 02 December 2016. Sydney, Australia.

2015

  1. Gunasekera, H. Hearing, EAr health and Language Services (HEALS): Research integrated service provision RACP Congress 24-27 May 2015. Cairns, Australia.
  2. Wright D. Redman S. and Craig J. The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). Presentation to NSW Kids and Families. 3 June 2015. North Sydney, Australia.
  3. Lovett, R. Indigenous statistical capacity building. The Australian Academy of Science 7-9 Jul 2015.
  4. Reed R. and Williams S. The Study of Environment on Aboriginal and Child Health (SEARCH): Preliminary findings. Primary Health Care Research Conference. 30 July 2015. Adelaide, Australia.
  5. Program and Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia. phcris.org.au/conference/abstract/8179
  6. Sherriff S. and King J. The perspectives of urban Aboriginal people on access to child ear health and speech services: Hearing, EAr health and Language Services (HEALS) project. 30 July 2015. Adelaide, Australia. Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program and Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia. phcris.org.au/conference/abstract/8204
  7. Kalucy D. Unleashing health and research data to help close the gap: How do Aboriginal health communities perceive and use data? A semi-structured interview study. 30 July 2015. Adelaide, Australia. Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program and Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia. phcris.org.au/conference/abstract/818
  8. Thurber, K. Trying to live the Australian dream but you can’t’: barriers to fruit and vegetable intake in the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. Population Health Congress. Sep 6-9 2015. Tasmania, Australia.
  9. Williams S. SEARCH at Tharawal. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2015. Sydney, Australia.
  10. Andersen M. SEARCH housing: a snapshot. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2015. Sydney, Australia.
  11. Thurber K. Early childhood injury in the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2015. Sydney, Australia.
  12. Fernando P. and Kalucy D. SEARCH Knowledge Exchange. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2015. Sydney, Australia.
  13. Sherriff S. and Skinner A. Asthma in SEARCH children: prevalence and risk factors. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2015 Sydney, Australia.
  14. Young C. Perspectives of health providers and children’s caregivers on the HEALS project. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2015. Sydney, Australia.
  15. Larkins N. Hypertension in the SEARCH cohort. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2015 Sydney, Australia.
  16. Gubaju L. Strengths and Challenges’ among SEARCH adolescents - Preliminary Findings. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2015. Sydney, Australia.

2014

  1. Thurber K, Boxall A, Partel K. Determinants of overweight and obesity among Indigenous children. Social Determinants of Health Alliance forum: Racism and culture as determinants of health. 20 February 2014. Melbourne, Australia.
  2. Gunasekera H. Hearing, Ear health and Language Services (HEALS): Research integrated service provision. OMOZ conference 6-8 Aug 2014. Melbourne, Australia.
  3. Sherriff S. Hearing, Ear health and Language Services (HEALS): Research integrated service provision’. Menzies Emerging Health Policy Research Conference. 2 Oct 2014. Sydney, Australia.  
  4. Kalucy D. The perspectives of Aboriginal People living in urban NSW on access to ear health and speech services. Menzies Emerging Health Policy Research Conference. 2 Oct 2014. Sydney, Australia.  
  5. Muthayya S. National Workshop: CQI in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PHC - Is there a role for a national CQI framework?  The Lowitja Institute. 23 July 2014. Canberra, Australia.
  6. Muthayya S. Fernando P. Banks E. Centre for Research Excellence in Urban Aboriginal Child Health. Policy roundtable Commonwealth Department of Health. 23 September 2014. Canberra, Australia.
  7. Howard K. An economic evaluation of a state wide model for ear health and speech and language services (based on the HEALS project). SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2014. Sydney, Australia.
  8. Young C. and Fernando P. User-friendly tools for easy access and use of SEARCH data. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2014. Sydney, Australia.
  9. Eades S. Capacity building initiatives. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2014. Sydney, Australia.
  10. Manton T. and Williamson A. Social and emotional wellbeing of urban Aboriginal children. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2014. Sydney, Australia.
  11. Sherriff S. and Woolfenden S. Parental Evaluation of Developmental Status of urban Aboriginal children. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2014. Sydney, Australia.
  12. Gubhaju L. and Eades S. Exposure to passive smoking of urban Aboriginal children. SEARCH Annual Forum. 1 Dec 2014. Sydney, Australia.

2013

  1. Banks E. Allies for health: examples of research policy translation relevant to primary care. Plenary keynote presentation. National Primary Health Care Research Conference. 9-12 July. Sydney, Australia.
  2. Banks E. Research policy translation and primary care. Invited presentation. Strategic Policy Network, Department of Health and Ageing. 13 August 2013. Canberra, Australia.
  3. Banks E. Muthayya S. Centre for Research Excellence in Urban Aboriginal Child Health, Presentation to Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 28 August 2013. Canberra, Australia.
  4. Thurber K. Research using the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children: an exemplar of community engagement and governance. Indigenous Health Interest Group Research Showcase. 2 October 2013. Canberra, Australia.
  5. Eades S. Checking the measures are working: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. SEARCH Annual Forum. 29 November 2013. Sydney, Australia.
  6. Sherriff S. Asthma in urban Aboriginal settings in NSW. SEARCH Annual Forum. 29 November 2013. Sydney, Australia.

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