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Understanding how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural factors impact on health and wellbeing

Master's thesis scholarship co-funded with the Australian National University

Roxanne Jones

Roxanne’s thesis is a compilation of four projects, two of which are linked with the Mayi Kuwayu study. Mayi Kuwayu is a large-scale national longitudinal study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing, designed to produce new knowledge about culture and its relationship to health and wellbeing.

As part of the development of Mayi Kuwayu, Roxanne will investigate responses to a pilot study undertaken in the Northern Territory. The pilot comprises of two groups: Central Land Council Rangers and community members. She will look at the presence of cultural factors and health outcomes in each pilot group, as well as investigate any interrelationships between the two. Roxanne will also investigate whether the presence of cultural factors and the self-reported health of rangers differs from that of community members.

The remaining two projects comprise of an outbreak investigation and an evaluation of a surveillance system.

Roxanne was born and raised on Gubbi Gubbi and Jagera land in South East Queensland. She completed a double degree in Nursing and Health Science (Paramedics) from the Queensland University of Technology. Roxanne completed her graduate nursing year on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. She then undertook further training in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. She relocated to Canberra in 2017 to commence postgraduate study in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. In the future, Roxanne hope to undertake a PhD in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child clinical health outcomes.

The Lowitja Institute is a principal funder of the Mayi Kuwayu study.

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Created: 29 January 2018 - Updated: 20 September 2018