Chief Investigators

Our ARC IGNITE - Buri Gamba research project is lead by a group of multidisciplinary Chief Investigators who are responsible for guiding, leading and providing strategic direction. The Chief Investigators have outstanding national and international reputations and have excellent records in Indigenous community-based development, implementation and evaluation of community-based intervention research in real-world settings. The team has expertise in numerous areas including; Indigenous mental health and wellbeing, Adolescent mental health, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Primary Health Services (PHS), Health Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Clinical Expertise/Youth Psychiatry and Psychology, Epidemiology, Instrument Development, Microsimulation, and Qualitative work/Grounded Theory.

Our Chief Investigators represent 10 universities from Australia and Internationally.

Professor Roxanne Bainbridge

CI Professor Roxanne Bainbridge

See Roxanne's biography on our Research Team page.

Janya McCalman

CI Professor Janya McCalman

Professorial Research Fellow – CQUniversity Australia
Janya McCalman Staff Profile
Phone: (07) 4037 4743

Professor Janya McCalman is a Professorial Research Fellow in Indigenous Health at CQUniversity. She is internationally recognised for her extensive research on the interactions between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with schools, workplaces, health services and other community contexts which enable resilience, empowerment and wellbeing. She is recognised for her diverse multi-method research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders partners over the last 15 years, including in Aboriginal mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, youth health, maternal and child health, health services research and implementation research. She has led systematic literature reviews, participatory action research, grounded theory and impact evaluation research projects which seek to inform improvements in resilience, empowerment-based health and wellbeing and the implementation of health programs and services. Her PhD was conferral in 2013; for this she won the Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence.  She supervises and mentors several Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal research students.  Given she is at an early career stage, her ability to report and publish research is prolific; outputs include 43 peer-review papers; 1 book, 4 book chapters; 22 other publications; and 31 conference presentations. She has been successful as Lead/Chief Investigator on 16 grants, including two fellowships and three competitive grants (NHMRC ID: APP1076774; NHMRC 1078927; ARC IN150100011); contributing to $9.7m funding. She has received JCU performance awards for external income and publication outputs. She has also contributed to the design and facilitation of training workshops with international mental health leaders.

Chris Doran

CI Professor Chris Doran

Professor, Health Economics – CQUniversity Australia
Chris Doran Staff Profile
Phone: (07) 3023 4245

Professor Chris Doran holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), a PhD in Health Economics and is a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His main area of research is mental health with a focus on substance use and suicidal behaviour. Prof Doran’s research has contributed to the field of health economics and strengthened the evidence base for effective policy action. In recent years, his focus on priority setting has been complemented with the development of tools and frameworks to facilitate translational research. His translational research has contributed to the development, implementation and evaluation of national and international substance abuse and mental health policies. A major strength of Prof Doran’s research is the network of collaborations he has established. Evidenced by his research output, Prof Doran has collaborated extensively with academics, consumer groups, practitioners and policy makers in building capacity in the knowledge, use and translation of health economics. Due to his globally recognised research into the health economics of mental health and substance abuse, he has developed strong links with the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, leading to invited presentations, collaborative manuscripts, commissioned research and a sabbatical placement with the World Health Organisation in Geneva. His research projects are multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional with a strong focus on collaboration and capacity building. For example, as CI on APP351558, he worked closely with members of the steering and advisory committees representing 5 universities, state and federal government organisations, non-government organisations, community and Indigenous experts and the World Health Organisation.

External Chief Investigators

CI Ms Erika Langham

Independent Researcher
Erika Langham Staff Profile 

Ms Erika Langham has over 20 years’ experience managing and leading complex research projects on sensitive topics. Since moving to academia in 2012 she has been a co-researcher on twenty successful competitive research grant applications, including projects developing the first summary measures of gambling related harm and an Australian National Organisation for Women’s Safety grant investigating the intersection between gambling and domestic violence. She is a mixed methods researcher, and has undertaken gambling research centred on the experience of harm from gambling; the influence of jackpots on EGM play; the influence of gambling environments; the potential impact of responsible gambling features; the impact of innovation of gambling products; and the development of a scale to measure the effect of stigma associated with gambling. Her other research interests include Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Indigenous Youth and the impact of social inclusion on health outcomes.

PI Professor Michael Ungar

Professor, School of Social Work - Dalhousie University
Michael Ungar Dalhousie Staff Profile
Email: Michael.Ungar@Dal.Ca
Phone: 902-494-3445 (International)

Professor Michael Ungar is the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University. His ground-breaking work as a family therapist and resilience researcher is recognized around the world, with much of that work focused on the resilience of marginalized children and families, and adult populations experiencing mental health challenges at home and in the workplace. Prof Ungar has provided consultation and training to Fortune 500 companies like Unilever and Cigna, NGOs such as Save The Children and the Red Cross, and educational institutions and government agencies on five continents. He is routinely called upon by thought leaders such as the Boston Consulting Group and Canvas8. His work emphasizes how to use the theory of resilience to increase both individual and institutional agility during crises, with numerous organizations having adopted his concept of resilience as a negotiated process that enhances wellbeing and social responsibility.

Dr. Ungar is the author of 16 books for lay and professional audiences, and over 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. These include Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, a book for adults experiencing stress at work and at home, and I Still Love You: Nine Things Trouble Teens Need from their Parents. His blog, Nurturing Resilience, can be read on Psychology Today’s website.

The team Prof Ungar leads continues to diversify the application of resilience research to address national priorities like violent radicalization of young people (identifying patterns of resilience that prevent radicalization) and to investigate aspects of community resilience in contexts where there have been catastrophic natural disasters and industry-related disruptions to human populations. Specifically, his research investigates the protective processes associated with resilience found in the lives of children, youth and families in indigenous and non-indigenous communities globally.

To remain connected to his local community, Prof Ungar maintains his professional designations as a Clinical Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and as a Clinical Social Worker, and supervise a small clinical team in his home community as a way of donating his time to children and families in crisis. Prof Ungar also sits on four editorial boards for international journals and routinely asked to be a reviewer for dozens more including The British Journal of Social Work and The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

CI Yvonne Cadet-James

Research Co-ordinator - Apunipima Cape York Health Council
Yvonne Cadet-James Staff Profile 
Phone: (07) 4037 7213

Prof Cadet-James has 45 years’ experience in the fields of health and education. Over the last 17 years she has played a significant role in national Indigenous research reform contributing to changes in policy and practice regarding the ethical conduct of research, funding criteria and capacity strengthening to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Indigenous Australians. A major focus of her work has been in the field of social, emotional and mental health as a co leader in the national Empowerment Research Program. As professor at JCU she was responsible for (and continues with many activities in an adjunct position) providing leadership in research activities across the university especially in Indigenous research. This included setting strategic direction, mentoring of early career researchers, monitoring of research ethics, and strengthening research capability. In her role as Research Coordinator at Apunipima Cape York Health Council, she is responsible for coordination and review of research which involves the organisation, strengthening the research culture and capability within the organisation and the 11 communities which the organisation serves.

Her expertise includes Indigenous research, qualitative research design, participatory action research and ethics. Her strengths lie in strengthening research and researcher capacity of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, industry, and communities. She is a co team leader in the Empowerment Research Team, a body of work which aims to empower everyday people to identify their own issues and solutions to those issues using a human rights and social justice framework. Research has included alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis in Indigenous communities. Her work has also focused on improved interventions and service delivery in the area of mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

CI Professor Komla Tsey

Tropical Leader, Education for Social and Sustainability – James Cook University
Komla Tsey Staff Profile
Phone: (07) 4232 1257

Komla Tsey is Tropical Leader (Education for Social Sustainability) at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University (JCU) Cairns, Australia. Komla is one of eight Research Professors appointed by his university to provide strategic leadership and support to academic teams to help improve the university’s research productivity. He supports academic staff to form bigger and stronger research groups across different disciplines; mentors early career academics to become competitive researchers as well as provide guidance to research groups to build partnerships with relevant communities, services and industry sectors. He also supports research groups to systematically plan for and evaluate the impacts of their research in response to growing government expectation for researchers to demonstrate the value of their research. Prof Tsey has 30 years’ experience in empowerment and SEWB research and his current research interests include: the nature of soft skills and how to foster and evaluate its impact; wellbeing promotion; leadership development; program planning and evaluation; supporting remote area Indigenous students to transition to boarding school; research impact assessment; and participatory learning by doing approaches to understanding and dealing with complex problems.

Prof Tsey is a regular reviewer of research funding applications for the Australian Research Council (ARC), NHMRC and the Lowitja Institute CRC. He was a reviewer of the 2015 Excellence Research Australia (ERA) which is the Australian Government’s framework for assessing and ranking university research productivity. Prof Tsey is frequently commissioned by Australian state and federal governments to review the scientific quality of research evidence to inform health, education, economic, social welfare and other policy and practice decisions.

CI Ms Tanja Hirvonen

Mental Health Academic, Centre for Remote Health – Flinders University
Tanja Hirvonen Staff Profile
Phone: +61 8 8920 0258

Ms Tanja Hirvonenis a registered clinical psychologist (MPsych(Clin)) who specialises in Aboriginal mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, health professionals’ self-care and trauma. Since March 2015, Ms Hirvonen is employed at the Centre for Remote Health – Mental Health Academic, where she is responsible for research collaborations and promoting mental health education and understandings in remote areas. Previously, she held positions at Danila Dilba Health Service (2014-2016) as Team Leader Social and Emotional Wellbeing Team; at AMSANT (2014-2017) on the Trauma Informed Project; and as clinical psychologist for youth mental health at Industry Health Solutions Palmerston and HEADSPACE in Darwin.

She received a Clinical Masters in Psychology from James Cook University in 2014, writing a dissertation on the effects of Knowledge of Mental Health and Conflicting Attitudes to Suicide within an Australian Population. She received an Honours Degree in Psychology in 2010 from the University of Southern Queensland, with a dissertation on The Structural Validity of Problem Solving Inventory – 12 Item within an Indigenous Australian population, and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2009 (with distinction). In 2011 she was honoured to become a Valedictorian for the University of Southern Queensland Science Department.

Ms Hirvonen brings extensive experience in intergenerational trauma, suicide prevention and working in rural and remote areas. Most recently, Ms Hirvonen has been working in the areas of workforce development (robust workforce training, development and support, through delivery of information and workshops) with health practitioners within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services throughout the Northern Territory. Her work skills include:

  • Drawing from her personal experiences along with an extensive background in the mental health sector to influence policy and deliver outcomes.
  • She represents both her culture and community on a number of committees.
  • She has a close association with communities and cultural groups and this provides a well-rounded understanding of the realistic issues that impact in the environment in which she works.
  • Experience in developing and delivering culturally responsive training and therapeutic interventions around the areas of working with persons impacted by trauma, self-care and suicide prevention.
  • Skills in community engagement to ensure that protocols and culture are respected with the overall aim of improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians and all Australians through trauma-informed, evidence-based practices.

CI Professor Patrick McGorry

Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and a Founding Director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (Headspace)
Patrick McGorry Staff Profile

Prof McGorry has led youth mental reform since the 1990s and has been involved in the development and implementation of a transformational research paradigm for early intervention in psychotic and related disorders. He developed EPPIC, a multi-component community and hospital service for first episode psychosis in 1992 following its beginnings from research funding. This model of care has been replicated globally and is the gold standard treatment for early psychosis. He developed the PACE clinic in 1994 which provides treatment for young people who are at ultra high risk of psychosis. This work began as a research program and has now led to global health service changes. In 2006, he developed headspace, a new model of integrated multidisciplinary care that now has 110 sites nationally. Prof McGorry is involved in many large international collaborative projects funded by SMRI (USA), the EU and NHMRC-EU. He is an advisor on many studies in Europe, US and Canada.

As an advocate for youth mental health, Prof McGorry is sought to participate in many community and public events from local community meetings to opinion and expert advice in the media.

CI Associate Professor Faye McMillan

Associate Professor, Charles Stuart University
Faye McMillan Staff Profile
Phone: (02) 6933 4202

Associate Professor Faye McMillan is a Wiradjuri yinaa (woman) from NSW. Faye is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity (inaugural cohort) and was a founding member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA). Faye works at Charles Sturt University (CSU) as the Director of the Djirruwang Program – Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health). The Djirruwang Program is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to gain high quality knowledge, skills and attitudes in the field of mental health. This is achieved by building on people’s knowledge and combining mental health theory with clinical practice. The program maintains the opportunity for people to gain formal mental health qualifications at diploma, associate degree and degree levels.

A/Prof McMillan is an Early Career Researcher with current research focused on ensuring Indigenous voices are being privileged within research and appropriately reflect the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This research has far reaching impacts on the Social and Emotional Wellbeing/Mental health, as well self-determination which in turn contributes to improved health outcomes. She has published in the areas of Indigenous Health, Indigenous Nation Building, working in an a Culturally responsive manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Interdisciplinary Care to enhance

Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Research specifically related to the proposed project has included identifying through a strengths-based approach how to engage with assessing the emotional, social wellbeing and mental health of Indigenous adults within communities that enhance the experience of mental health. Her research, teaching/learning and community engagement form a nexus which provides a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices. The research teams she works with and the research team she has lead, have evolved through personal understanding of the area of Indigenous

Health. All projects have had an impact such as the documentation of the acts of Wiradjuri sovereignty through the ARC project. The potential impact on the lives and health of Indigenous adults through contributing to an improved understanding of mental health assessments for all mental health professionals and the impact on Indigenous adults social and emotional wellbeing through research into the appropriateness of the Here And Now Aboriginal Assessment (HANAA) tool (Janca et al., Australas Psychiatry. 2015;23:287-92) across Australian Indigenous Nations.

CI Geoff Spurling

Senior Lecturer – Discipline of General Practice
Geoff Spurling Staff Profile
Phone: +61 7 3346 5144

Senior Medical Officer – Inala Indigenous Health Service

Dr Geoff Spurling is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland and an early career researcher. He is a General Practitioner at Inala Indigenous Health Service as well as at the Inala Primary Care (Spanish Clinic). Despite his relatively recent PhD completion and ongoing 0.5FTE clinical engagement, Dr Spurling is already recognised as a leader in his field with highly cited publications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and quality use of medicines, involvement in national committees, and work in peer review. He is the Research Director at the Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care, also known as the Inala Indigenous Health Service (IIHS). Dr Spurling provides strategic direction and operational management, as well as mentorship of the research team including two permanent research officers with higher degrees, and two Aboriginal research officers. He is also a general practitioner at IIHS. He commenced this position in 2004 after gaining my FRACGP, and winning the Maureen Duke and Marion Sullivan award for best results in the 2003 Queensland RACGP exams. Since 2004, I have had a conjoint appointment (now Senior Lecturer) with the Primary Care Clinical Unit at the University of Queensland (UQ).

Dr Spurling’s leadership role within IIHS has given him the opportunity to initiate the research unit’s first strategic planning sessions including shaping a vision to be “internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care research.” At the beginning of 2019, the IIHS research unit was involved in 30 research projects including seven, multisite projects with NHRMC funding, 3 projects involving PhD students, and 3 projects involving Masters students. He has been co-ordinating, facilitating, and leading a monthly evidence-based medicine journal club in Inala since 2008.

In his teaching position, Dr Spurling lectures and provides tutorials for Cardiovascular Cases, Respiratory Tract Infections, Otitis Media, Social Disadvantage, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. He has been an examiner for short cases MBBS III GP rotations from 2004-2018, and he is a GP supervisor for students on rotation at IIHS. Locally, Dr Spurling has developed links with the local Aboriginal community-controlled organisation, Inala Wangarra.

Dr Spurling’s research is focused on improving access to Indigenous primary care through improved cultural competence at the IIHS, improved access to Indigenous health assessments, and improved access to diabetic retinopathy screening. Strategies to improve access to Indigenous primary care following community consultation which were described by publications in this research program included employing more Indigenous staff, cultural awareness training, making the primary care environment (such as the waiting room) more culturally appropriate, increased links with the community, promoting health assessments, and promoting research activities. These strategies led to improved access to Indigenous primary care from 12 patients in 1994 to over 3000 regular patients at the IIHS in 2017. Indigenous health assessments were funded as part of policy designed to improve access to preventive health and primary care for Indigenous people. By June 2018, 1.43 million health assessments had been conducted ($285 million spend) with minimal research evaluation beyond the research program he led at the Inala Indigenous Health Service. Dr Spurling’s research program continues to inform national debate about the content of Indigenous health assessments.

CI Associate Professor Deb Askew

Associate Professor – University of Queensland
Phone: +61 7 334 65133

Research Director – Inala Indigenous Health Service
Phone: (07) 3181 7640 or 0427 328 945

Associate Professor Deb Askew holds a Conjoint Appointment with the University of Queensland and the Southern Qld Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (COE-Inala), Brisbane. A/Prof Askew is a primary health care researcher with over two decades of experience and a national and growing international reputation in Indigenous health research. Her methodological expertise is in qualitative research, and she has been conducting research with the Inala Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community since 2008. Deborah’s research interests have primarily been focussed on developing, implementing, and evaluating new models of primary health care that ensure that the health system and health services better meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

She has a particular interest in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder prevention, the social determinants of health, and improving and enhancing social and emotional wellbeing. She assisted in the development of the Inala Community Jury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research (the COE-Inala community research reference group) who have sovereignty over all research conducted at or through the COE-Inala. She has two current and two completed PhD students (one of whom was awarded the 2019 Queensland Women in STEM inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jury Award).

A/Prof Askew has expertise in building research capacity in primary health care, developing and evaluating new models of chronic disease care, and latterly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care. Over her career, she has been involved in many projects that have influenced both practice and policy.  A/Prof Deb Askew has developed successful collaborations with colleagues across disciplines, Universities, States and Countries. Her NHMRC grants involve researchers from all Australian States and Territories, New Zealand and Canada. In 2005, she was invited to present components of her PhD (a systematic review of strategies to build research capacity in general practice and primary care) to the UK Research and development Support Units (RDSU) National Network Research Subgroup, and in 2006 and 2010 presented at research meetings of the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. She was an invited member of the Critical Thinking and Research Working Party for the RACGP curriculum review and was involved in developing the curriculum and aspects of the syllabus (the only non-GP involved in this Working Party).

CI Professor Ross Bailie

Director of the University Centre for Rural Health in Lismore – University of Sydney
Ross Bailie Staff Profile
Phone: (07) 6620 7231

Professor Ross Bailie’s role as Director, University Centre for Rural Health (The University of Sydney) demands leadership in medicine and multi-disciplinary health education and research. University Centre for Rural Health provides rural training for around 900 students annually and manage staff and relationships to support this training. The Centre’s research priorities include health systems and services research, including health workforce, models of care, equity, evidence-based care. Prof Bailie personally leads a large collaborative research program, collaborates on several other programs and provides supervision and mentorship for several PhD students and early-career researchers.

Prof Bailie began his career in clinical practice in South Africa, and developed an interest in health services/public health research while working in rural general practice in New Zealand. This interest was strengthened while training in public health at the University of Cape Town (1991-1995). He obtained his Doctorate of Medicine (Community Health) (Cape Town, Jun 1996) after moving to Australia. He spent three years at the Australian National University training students in applied epidemiology, and became involved in primary care research and Indigenous health. In 1998 Prof Bailie moved to Darwin to coordinate the postgraduate public health program at the Menzies School of Health Research and lecture in Public Health at the newly established NT Clinical School, Flinders University. He subsequently held senior management responsibility within Menzies, as interim Deputy Director and as Head of Research Development, while continuing to undertake research and provide mentorship for students and other researchers.

With the award of an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship in 2004 Prof Bailie’s role became more research oriented, building an exceptional research partnership between Menzies and the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, to help develop effective environmental and health service interventions. After relocating to Brisbane in 2007, he established the National Centre for Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care (One21seventy) and established Menzies offices in Brisbane and Adelaide. Prof Bailie has led a number of largescale consultancy projects in Indigenous primary health care, promoting the use of research evidence and health service data to inform policy and practice. The award of an ARC Future Fellowship in 2010 allowed Prof Bailie to continue building practice-based research networks to support quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care. Prof Bailie currently leads the NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence: An Innovation Platform for Integrated Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care.

CI Dr Veronica Matthews

Research Fellow (Epidemiology) – University of Sydney
Veronica Matthews Staff Profile

Dr Matthews began her research career in 2005 starting a PhD after approximately ten years working in non-research roles following her undergraduate degree. The key focus of her PhD was working with local communities (including Aboriginal communities) to assess health risk from consumption of local seafood in Moreton Bay, Queensland due to persistent organic pollutant contamination. This began Dr Matthews’ interest in community based participatory research and provided grounding for development of appropriate communication skills to both community and academic audiences.

In May 2017, Dr Matthews was awarded a Wingara Mura Leadership Program Fellowship from The University of Sydney and relocated to the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) in Lismore as Research Fellow – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Epidemiology. The Fellowship has provided salary support over 2017 – 2019 to undertake research projects on a full-time basis. In addition to continuing Dr Matthews role with the CRE-IQI, she has led other local community-based research including the Community Recovery after Flood project (investigating mental health and wellbeing impact on the North Coast community following extensive flooding in March/April 2017) and the Health from the Grassroots project which is the subject of this application. Dr Matthews is also undertaking an active role in two CRE-IQI projects: co-lead on the Leveraging Effective Ambulatory Practice (LEAP) and research team member on the WOmen’s action on Mums and Bubs (WOMB) in conjunction with academics from James Cook University.

Dr Matthews’ early research career was guided by Prof Ross Bailie at Menzies School of Health Research and subsequently at UCRH. As described above, she has been afforded many professional development opportunities over this time. Her involvement in the CRE-IQI has connected her to a number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers; a network from which Dr Matthews have been able to draw immense support. From this network, she continues to receive cultural and research mentorship from Prof Roxanne Bainbridge (CQU) and research mentorship from Prof Sarah Larkins (JCU) with whom she co-leads the LEAP project.

Through her health systems research, she has documented evidence of the beneficial effect of long-term participation in a CQI program to improve primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with Type 2 diabetes; made accessible aggregate CQI data to stakeholders for their reflection on variation in primary care, key evidence–practice gaps and strategies for improvement; authored six reports and 25+ peer-reviewed publications that together have contributed to a body of research informing the development of the National CQI Framework for Indigenous PHC.

CI Dr Irina Kinchin

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation – University of Technology Sydney
Atlantic Fellow – Global Brain Health Institute

Dr Irina Kinchin is a Senior Research Fellow with a joint appointment at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) and the Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT).

As a health economist since 2013, Irina has conducted research and evaluation projects with a range of government, NGO, industry and community partners. She has multidisciplinary expertise in the impact evaluation of non-medical intervention programs and services for vulnerable populations including people at risk of suicide, Indigenous Australians, people with mental illness, experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, or frailty. Irina is undertaking applied and methods research in the area of palliative, aged and chronic care, mental health and health services research.

In 2019, Irina was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship at the Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin, to join a unique cohort of leaders who are developing the critical skills and brain health knowledge to make transformative change around the globe.

CI Professor Patricia Dudgeon

Professor, School of Indigenous Studies – University of Western
Patricia Dudgeon Staff Profile

Professor Pat Dudgeon is Bardi woman from the Kimberley and was the first Aboriginal psychologist to graduate in Australia. She had made outstanding contributions to Indigenous psychology and higher education. She has demonstrated sustained leadership in Indigenous higher education and is considered one of the 'founders’ in Indigenous psychology.

Professor Dudgeon has been publicly recognised for her research achievements and contribution by awards including: a Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) by Indigenous Allied Health Australia; a Deadly’s Award for Excellence in Indigenous Health (2013); and induction into the Bachelor Institute Indigenous Education Hall of Fame (2009). Her collaborative approach to research was demonstrated in her work on Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project, looking at curricular approaches to increasing cultural competence and Indigenous participation in psychology education and training. On this project and more generally in her approach to conducting research Professor Dudgeon, was concerned with community engagement, consultation and responsiveness, and draws upon multidisciplinary engagement for large, integrated projects that map social phenomena and implement transformative methods and practices focused on Indigenous health and wellbeing. Professor Dudgeon’s knowledge and experience in conducting collaborative research and serving local Aboriginal interests, along with her expertise in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, will serve to direct and inform the current proposal’s approach to consulting Indigenous youth and deriving and interpreting Indigenous conceptions of wellbeing.