A call for Expressions of Interest from researchers and organisations seeking support in the development of a research grant application on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal and child health issues was held in December 2011.
This led to the selection of a project proposal from the Menzies School of Health Research, the aim of which is to develop a small trial to gather data to develop a strong application to the NHMRC to address anaemia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and children. The project team consists of: Thérèse Kearns, Epidemiologist/Acting Research Support Operations Manager (Project Leader) and Stef Puszka.
The Institute provided funds for two quality assurance workshops held in Darwin on 23 August and 16 October 2012 to support the project team to
- improve the quality of its proposal and the chances of it being successful
- receive feedback from qualified researchers and end-users in designing and refining the project
- maximise the project’s likelihood of having an impact on maternal and child health care
- connect to a network of people and organisations working in similar research contexts.
More information about the project at Childhood Anaemia – Knowledge and resource development.
In partnership with Australian Indigenous HealthInfonet, the Lowitja Institute is developing a network or 'yarning place' to generate communication space for people working in Child and Maternal Indigenous Health. We expect to launch this yarning places in March 2013. The aim is to provide a dynamic space to share ideas and relevant literature, receive feedback on grant applications process, develop research collaborations, compile and find ‘grey literature’, and discuss key issues between diverse stakeholders, including health and community workers, researchers, policy makers, communicators, and others.
The Child and Maternal health network was identified as a priority at the Lowitja Institute Child and Maternal Health Roundtable held in March 2012.