Through its networks across research institutes and other universities, the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health contributes to a number of research and leadership development projects that its staff are leading and supporting.
A research project in partnership with the Lowitja Institute: A review and analysis of progress in building the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researcher workforce since 2000.
The project aims to identify changes in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce, since 2000. Investigations will chart current educational and career-pathway models and initiatives; outline how research training can be more responsive, enriching and affirming of and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers and communities; and explore new ways to increase numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers.
Professor Shaun Ewen will be the Project Lead and has a strong background in academic leadership, health education and practice, and workforce development. Professor Cindy Shannon will ensure the project is deeply engaged with community controlled health sector perspectives, drawing upon her decades of experience in workforce training in this sector. Professor Margaret Kelaher will bring her extensive expertise on health policy to the analytic activities of the project. An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research officer will undertake the day-to-day project management.
A strength of the proposed project is to significantly address research gaps by conducting a comprehensive review foregrounding ‘whole of system’ analysis of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researcher workforce and learn first-hand from current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers via in-depth interviews and case studies.
For more information on the project, please visit www.lowitja.org.au/workforce-review