KAMS and the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (RCSWA) Kimberley Research

Mission and Aims

Our mission is to improve and promote the health and well-being of Aboriginal people in the Kimberley through the application of practical community and health service based primary health care research.

Our Aim is to conduct high quality research that:

  • Applies research findings to improve the health of, and improve health services for, Aboriginal people in the Kimberley
  • Provides evidence based best practice models of health care for Aboriginal people
  • Documents and helps to improve the impact of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) on health outcomes
  • Develops strong, productive and enduring research partnerships that empower communities and health services to ask and answer their own research questions, and provide important evidence to inform future health care provision and policy development

Guidelines and Priorities

Health research carried in the Kimberley:

  • Must be of value to the region
  • Does not duplicate previous research
  • Follow-on implications must be considered
  • Must have genuine community consultation and participation
  • The research should increase research capacity in the region

Research Priorities for the Kimberley:

  1. The health issue is common and / or serious in the Kimberley
  2. The issue is important for the health and well-being of Aboriginal people
  3. There is a lack of available information on important aspects of the issue and increasing knowledge through research is likely to lead to important outcomes for Kimberley people
  4. Knowledge is available from mainstream research on the issue but there is reason to believe the evidence may not be generalisable to Aboriginal and / or Kimberley populations
  5. The issue is important for quality improvement / development of primary health care services in a Kimberley setting
  6. The skills and capacity (including human and financial) are available to be able to conduct the research

KAMS & RCSWA Research Team

Professor David Atkinson

RCSWA Broome

Emma Carlin

Research Fellow, RCSWA / Senior Research Officer, KAMS

Zaccariah Cox

SEWB Research Officer, KAMS

Dr Emma Griffiths

Medical Coordinator, RCSWA Broome / KRS Renal GP, KAMS

Katherine Ferrari

KMMS Project Officer, KAMS

Matthew Lelievre

Research Fellow, RCSWA Broome/Derby

Associate Professor Julia Marley

Principal Research Fellow, RCSWA Broome / Principal Research Officer, KAMS

Steve Pratt

Research Fellow, RCSWA Broome

Erica Spry

Research Officer, KAMS / Research Fellow, RCSWA Broome

Dr Susannah Warwick

Medical Coordinator, RCSWA Derby

Dr Caitlyn White

Public Health Registrar, KAMS

Research Partners

Dr Sandra Campbell

Research Fellow

Karla Canuto

James Cook University

Prof Karen Edmond

The University of Western Australia

Diana Jans

KMMS Project Officer, Apunipima Cape York Health Service

Dr Jaye Martin

Community Physician, WA Country Health Service – Kimberley

Dr Cynthia Porter

Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service

Dr Lydia Scott

Community Physician, WA Country Health Service – Kimberley

Dr Kate Smith

Senior Researcher, WA Centre for Health and Ageing, The University of Western Australia

Associate Professor Mark Wenitong

Apunipima Cape York Health Service

For further information about KAMS / RCSWA Kimberley research, please contact Associate Professor Julia Marley (Julia.Marley@rcswa.edu.au)

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