About the Project
Indigenous people remain vulnerable to blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections and this places burdens on families and communities. This study will explore how indigenous people in Australia, Canada and New Zealand protect themselves against these infections. By focusing on resilience, the project moves beyond the past emphasis on risk and disadvantage, through the conduct of research that aims to identify and implement strategies to enhance the ability of Indigenous people to avoid acquiring these infections.
With focus on adolescents and young adults in urban settings, this projects aims to:
Identify factors among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that indicate protection against acquisition of blood-borne viral and sexually transmitted infections (BBV/STI);
Identify factors that enhance access to services for prevention and management of BBV/STI;
Develop and assess interventions to enhance these protective factors that can be delivered through Aboriginal community-controlled health services (ACCHS).
Design & Method
Clinical audit, community-based participatory research and cross-sectional survey.
This project seeks to identify the factors that protect young Indigenous people against blood-borne and sexually transmitted infections, promote access to prevention and treatment and provide capacity building opportunities for Indigenous researchers and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS) partner organisations.
Peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations and reports.
Professor and Program Head
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Professor and Program Head and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
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Julie Mooney-Somers, Angie Akee, Neil Andersson, Chris Archibald, Clive Aspin, Kevin Barlow, John Daniels, Vanessa Davies, Nigel Dickson, Sandra Eades, Dulcie Flowers, Randy Jackson, Rhys Jones, Chris Lawrence, Mihi Ratima, George Sioui, Robert Scott, Beverley Shea, Maurice Shipp, Linda Smith, Edward Wilkes, Tom Wong.
Project Collaborators: External
Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Service Ltd
The Aboriginal Medical Service Coop Ltd, Redfern
Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service, Perth
Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
Ngã Pae o te Mãramatanga, University of Auckland
Auckland University of Technology
University of Otago Medical School