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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. Post-Doctoral Fellow Tess Ryan and Research Fellow Chris Platania-Phung 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.
The main outcome of the project will be a national knowledge base on the characteristics and experiences of research training infrastructure that is connected to the further growth and success of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researcher workforce. A final report will be provided with recommendations.
Professor Shaun Ewen
The University of Melbourne
Expected October 2018