ACass – Menzies School of Health Research

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Aboriginal Health in 21st century
Australia Menzies
– Bridging the gap
Making a Difference in Indigenous Health
Professor Alan Cass Professor Alan Cass
Director, Menzies
School
of Health
Director,
Menzies
SchoolResearch
of Health Research
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Menzies Vision
To improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Australians and populations across
our region
These improvements will be measurable and
sustainable
Research Divisions
Where do
we work?
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Global and tropical health
Global and tropical health
Child health
Global and tropical health
Research Divisions
Child health
Non-Indigenous
Indigenous
Age at birth and NAPLAN
(% above national minimum standard)
SA-NT Datalink preliminary data
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Child health
Child Health
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Darwin Birth Cohort
1987 to 1989
686 babies
Further NHMRC grant in
2012
• 2013 Wave 4 – 24 to 26
year olds
Research Divisions
Epidemiology and Health
Systems
• 2013 Launch of National
Indigenous Cancer Network
(NICaN), of which Menzies is
a core partner
• Encourages and supports
collaboration around
Indigenous cancer research
• Sharing of educational
resources and delivery of
support services to Indigenous
people with cancer, their
carers and families
Epidemiology and Health
Systems
Research Divisions
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Nutrition
W&PCD
Clinical
Louise
MapleBrown
Nutrition
Julie
Brimblecombe
Leisa McCarthy
Tobacco
David
Thomas
Business
Manager
Kylie Sullivan
Gambling
Matt Stevens
Renal
Gill Gorham
Jaqui Hughes
Alan Cass
Mental
health/
AOD*
Tricia Nagel/
Kylie Dingwall
Peter D’Abbs
Researching the
causes, prevention
and treatment of
chronic conditions,
and translating the
results into practical
solutions
Energy-dense low-cost
Community
engagement, capacity
building and informing
policy underlie what
we do
Nutrient-dense high-cost
Brimblecombe MJA 2009
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A stepped wedge design project to test the impact and cost effectiveness of a store-based
price reduction intervention in promoting the purchase of fruit, vegetables and low joule
soft drinks/water and in reducing the purchase of sweetened soft drinks among residents
in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.
§Partnership with remote community store boards, ALPA and
Outback Stores
§Intervention in 20 communities across NT
§Provide evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of
price discounts on food and drink purchasing
§Intervention in a socio-economically disadvantaged population
in a real-life setting
Nutrition
• The Good Food Systems: a participatory CQI approach to
improving food security
• The RIST tool: reporting on point of sale data
• Salt reduction intervention
• Capacity building
Clinical/ diabetes
• eGFR study
ü cohort 600 people across spectrum CKD/ diabetes
ü Validation eGFR
ü Follow-up predictors of progressive disease
ü Intervention study
• NT DIP Partnership
Tobacco
• Talking about the smokes
ü 35 sites with 2522 Indigenous community members and 645
health service staff
• Evaluation smoke free prisons
• Use of social media in tobacco control
ü Review of current models of care
üDevelopment of clinical register
üPANDORA – focus on short- and long-term pregnancy outcomes
• DRUID follow-up study
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Mental health
Alcohol/ other drugs
/ addictive behaviours
• Aboriginal and Islander Mental health initiative (AIMhi)
üDevelop a range of tools to recognise and overcome
• Evaluation roll out of aromatic fuels
problems causing mental illness
• Evaluation of alcohol management plans
üTrained service providers
üDevelop online training and range of apps
Renal disease
• Wendy Hoy Tiwi Islands study
• IKTO national workshop Oct 2013
• Renal health/ transplant documentary and development educational
materials
• NHMRC partnership project models of dialysis delivery address health,
social and cultural needs of people living in remote communities
• Evaluation renal disease prevention and treatment services across NT
and CA region
• Top End, CA, FNQ and WA collaboration renal research
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