Current CIHR Research Projects


Current Research Projects


Partner: University of Queensland Funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research

First Nations Views Towards Biological Health

This study addresses and will assess the views and general support of First Nations community members and leaders in relation to biological health research and their willingness to participate in First Nations led research.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Partner: University of Queensland Funded by NHMRC

Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training (INSIST)

Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a community-based and designed, multifaceted gatekeeper training program. This program will for the first time, incorporate community knowledge, design and delivery of a smart phone application that facilitates referrals for gatekeepers and social network analysis to evaluate connectedness of  youth with community and support agencies.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Partner: Darling Downs West Moreton Primary Health Network

Primary Health Network: Delivery of Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training (INSIST) and Development of Training Videos.

Roll out the newly developed Indigenous Network Suicide Intervention Skills Training across the Darling Downs and South West Morton districts including running Train the Trainer Workshops. The purpose is to train Indigenous community members in suicide intervention to potentially reduce the unacceptable rates of suicide in these communities. To work with and develop Indigenous specific training videos in collaboration with Living Works; a collaborative partner in this research

Paedatric Health

Partner: Children’s Hospital Foundation Preclinical and Clinical Research

Development and Use of Health-Related Quality of Life tools in Indigenous children and Children with Chronic Disease.

We hypothesise that: (1) Validly developed Indigenous-based health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) tools have extra domains in addition those usually present in HR-QoLs (physical, social and psychological); and (2) The routine clinical use of both the culture-specific HR-QoL tools improves clinical Outcomes in Indigenous children and parents.


To develop and validate a health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) tool for use in
Indigenous children with generic HR-QoL and to undertake a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to determine if the routine clinical use of a condition/culture-specific HR-QoL improves clinical outcomes.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Partner: Australian National University

Mayi Kuayu Project

This research aims to understand how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture links to health and wellbeing. We have worked with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over the last three years to develop a survey about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and wellbeing.

This Study will provide information for community, services and policy makers about things that improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. We will share our findings so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia can use the results in a way that helps them. Any Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander person 16 years or older can complete the survey.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

FaCTS Study

Partner: Australian National University

The Family and Community Safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (FaCtS) Study will be partnering with your community organisation to better understand family and community violence and what can be done to reduce it. We want to partner and work with local organisations and community members to make sure the research is done appropriately with each community.

The objectives of the study are to find out:

  • What services and supports are available to people and families affected by violence, and how these services and supports are experienced by people in the community.
  • What communities think is needed to improve safety in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • How violence affects relationships, health, wellbeing, education and employment.
  • How much Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities are affected by violence.


Indigenous Genomic Project

Partner: Queensland University of Technology & Red Cross Australia

Conducted over six months and involves the collection of blood samples from consenting clinic clients that will be used for targeted DNA studies including organ transplant and blood products.

Child Maternal health

PneuMatters  Study

Partner: Queensland University of Technology

Preventing early-onset pneumonia in Indigenous infants through maternal
immunisation: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. Active vaccination of pregnant mums for pneumococcal to reduce the rates of acute lower respiratory infection in children under 1 year of age.

Mental Health Workplace Blueprint (MHWB)

Indigenous Model of Mental Health Care Study (IMMHC)

Partner: University of Queensland Funded by NHMRC

This study will provide significant outcomes for participants, collaborating Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS), and other Indigenous communities and Medical Services. This study is focused on a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) of an Indigenous model of mental health care, based on transdiagnostic Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (t-CBT) and co-designed with Indigenous community, will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment of depression. The RCT will randomise 110 Indigenous adults with depression into either active intervention or treatment as usual, for a duration of six months. Outcomes in both treatment as usual (TAU) and intervention groups will be assessed at baseline, at the end of treatment, and six months post-treatment. The primary outcome will be reduced depressive symptoms as determined by changes in Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) scores.


Dementia Study

Partner: University of Newcastle

Aims to work with health professionals to see how they currently accommodate the needs of clients and family impacted by dementia and what support/resources they need.



Partner: University of Newcastle

Intensive training for health workers and the provision of resources to assist pregnant mothers to quit smoking.


WOMB Project

Partner: University of Newcastle

5-year study based in Warwick. Weekly women’s group provided for pregnant mums to investigate if access to regular support, elders and community improves the outcomes of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander women’s pregnancy.

IPAC Project

Integrating Pharmacists within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services


2-year study to improve chronic disease management. Funds a 0.6 FTE on-site non-dispensing pharmacist for the Toowoomba and Warwick clinics.


National Bowel Cancer Screening Project

Partner: Menzies School Of Health Research

The aim is to increase the participation rate of eligible Indigenous Australians in the National Bowel Cancer screening program. Four out of 5 Indigenous Australians aged 50 to 74 are not accessing bowel screening. Carbal Medical Services is one of approximately 50 medical centres that were accepted to take part in the National Indigenous Bowel Cancer screening program. The Bowel Cancer screening kit is offered to eligible patients when they come into the clinic and clients are provided assistance on completing the test.


GenetiQs Project

Partner: QIMR Berghofer & Queensland Genomics

The GenetiQs Project is a partnership between QIMR Berghofer and Queensland Genomics (QG) which aims to develop guidelines to assist researchers when undertaking genomic research in collaboration with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.


Genomics Health Literacy Project (IG-HeLP)

Partner: QIMR Berghofer & Queensland Genomics

The project aims to develop health literacy resources on genomics, genetic testing and precision medicine for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers and health workers.


QIP Antenatal Project – BAIBS (Bridging Antenatal Care, Indigenous Babies & Smoking Cessation)

Partner: GPs, AMS, HHS

The importance of early and regular antenatal care has been well established as having a positive effect on, and providing the foundation for, good health outcomes for mothers and babies. This project is targeted towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women, non-indigenous women pregnant with an indigenous baby.

This project is intending to work with GPs, AMS and HHS facilities to improve Indigenous women accessing health care in their first trimester of pregnancy (earlier than 12 weeks) and accessing smoking cessation programs in their first trimester of pregnancy (preferable by 9 weeks but not limited to) through BAIBS-Smoking Cessation program.



Partner: QUT. Funded by NHMRC

A randomised controlled trial to evaluate early intervention in chronic cough in
Indigenous children Acute respiratory illness (ARI) in Australian Indigenous children is a leading cause of hospitalisation and preventable death and repeat episodes in infancy are associated with an increased risk of chronic lung disease. Cough in children, commonly triggered by a viral ARI is a substantial cause of morbidity and associated health and societal economic costs.

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