Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
Health

THE PROGRAM

Vision

QIMR Berghofer is acknowledging the significant health disparity between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians, by conducting research in priority areas with the aim of reducing the burden of illness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

37 % of QIMR Berghofer research is dedicated to diseases that have a higher incidence in Indigenous Australians.

QIMR Berghofer’s Indigenous health research program is focused on ensuring that research activities with implications for Indigenous health are sustainable, consultative, and translational. Overall, the aim is to deliver research outcomes that translate to improvement in the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

Strategies to success

The program aims to demonstrate leadership and collaboration in the area of Indigenous health research through activities that:

  • Innovate: Raise the profile of Indigenous health research within QIMR Berghofer and the community
  • Assure: Cultural competence of QIMR Berghofer with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research
  • Support: Maintain an active presence on matters relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Mentor: Train Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students of QIMR Berghofer
  • Network: Maintain strong connections with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research community
  • Deliver: Collaborate to stimulate research for the betterment of the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians

Partnerships

QIMR Berghofer recognises that community consultation is integral to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to overcome disparity in their health.

We are committed to demonstrating integrity and supporting the development of culturally competent personnel and processes that reflect an appreciation of the importance of culture and community.

The QIMR Berghofer Indigenous Health Research Program has established two committees to advise (internally and externally) the Indigenous research at the Institute:

  • Indigenous Health Research Committee, comprised of members of the QIMR Berghofer research faculty
  • External Advisory Group, comprised of members with noted expertise in the areas of service provision, policy development and research

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

THE PEOPLE

Greg Pratt, Manager of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research

Greg is an Aboriginal man and descendant of the Brown family of the Noonucal tribe of the Quandamooka people of Stradbroke Island. He is a family man, a husband and father to four (three boys and one girl). He spent much of his childhood years with the Ghughuyalanghi people of Cape York, growing up in the township of Laura. With the support of his community and his family, Greg undertook study at the University of Southern Queensland, where he later graduated with a degree in psychology.

With an interest in people, mental health and social and emotional wellbeing, Greg spent his post graduate years working in rural New South Wales as an Indigenous mental health practitioner.

Since then, Greg has worked in both community and government sectors, in policy development, service delivery and project management. Before commencing with the QIMR Berghofer in December 2012, Greg was with the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health in Cairns and the Health Quality and Complaints Commission in Brisbane. Greg is passionate about community empowerment, emphasising strength based approaches to change motivation and the ability of Indigenous Australia to lead the way with respect to better health and wellbeing.

 

Corey Jones, Communication Projects Officer, Indigenous Health Research Program

Corey has a background in Public Health and Health Promotion and holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Public Health.  As a part of his studies, he completed a student placement with Greg Pratt and the Indigenous Health Research Program at QIMR Berghofer where he worked on the Regional High School Lecture Series.

He has a passion for health promotion, community development, social support and program planning and also works part time with vulnerable/at risk populations in the alcohol and other drug health services sector.

Corey returned to work with QIMR Berghofer in an official capacity in early 2018, where he now serves as the Communication Projects Officer for the Indigenous Health Research Program.  He has come full circle from his studies; reprising his connection with the Regional High School Lecture Series where he now serves as Project Coordinator.

 

Christina Bernardes, Project Officer, Indigenous Health Research Program/Cancer & Chronic Disease Research Group

Christina Bernardes, RN, PostGradDipPH and Management of Human Resources, PhD, is a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Unit and the Cancer and Chronic Disease Research Group at QIMR Berghofer. Her research has focused on better understanding and improving cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In particular, she has expertise in investigating supportive care needs and patterns of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer.

Christina is currently working on a Clinical Yarning project that seeks to improve communication and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with chronic pain.