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Annual report 2008, Menzies School of Health Research



Annual report 2008, Menzies School of Health Research

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Menzies School of Health Research annual report 2008; 2008 Menzies School of Health annual report


Menzies School of Health Research


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Through scientifi c excellence, education and research the team at Menzies is discovering ways to reduce the impact of disease and improve the health and well-being of people living in Australia and beyond. -- page 4


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Charles Darwin University; Discovery for a healthy tomorrow

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Who we are and what we do page 4 -- Where and how we work page 5 -- Menzies Strategic Plan page 6 -- Vision page 7 -- Values page 7 -- Goals page 7 -- The Year at a Glance page 8 -- Financial and Corporate Overview page 12 -- A Message from the Chair page 14 -- A Message from the Director page 16 -- A Message from the Indigenous Development Unit page 18 -- Child Health Division page 21 -- Healing and Resilience Division page 27 -- International Health Division page 33 -- Preventable Chronic Diseases Division page 39 -- Services, Systems and Society Division Page 45 -- Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases Division page 51 -- Education and Training Division page 57 -- Corporate Services Division page 63 -- Menzies and the Community page 71 -- Governance page 72 -- Honorary Appointees page 75 -- Research Funding page 76 -- Publications page 84 -- Professional Activities page 92 -- Collaborators page 96 -- page 3




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Menzies School of Health Research annual report; Annual Report




99 pages : colour illustration ; 30 cm.

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As a young St. Johns College student growing up in Darwin, Carolyn had always wanted to be a nurse. But when she got to university the fi nancial struggle she was a single mother by that stage proved too much. Menzies Staff under the Microscope Ms Carolyn Thompson Research Assistant, Healing & Resilience Division It wasnt until 1996 that she fi nally decided to pursue her early interest in health by studying for a Certifi cate III in behavioural and social issues at Batchelor Institute. That led directly onto a career as an Aboriginal Mental Health Worker at Tamarind with Top End Mental Health Services and, eventually, to her current role as a Senior Indigenous Researcher in Menzies Healing and Resilience Division, where she started in 2003. Dr Tricia Nagel approached me to work on the AIMhi [Australian Integrated Mental Health Initiative] project as part of the Top End study team, which was conducting research in parallel with a north Queensland study team. Our aim was to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people with chronic mental health conditions in remote areas. Having dealt with many seriously ill Aboriginal patients while working within the inpatient unit at Cowdy Ward, Carolyn says it was great to get involved with a project that had the potential to slow down the number of Aboriginal people needing institutional treatment for mental health conditions. From my own personal experience, I know there are so many issues that weigh Aboriginal people down. My mother, who was of mixed Warlpiri and Gurindji descent, was born at Mount Doreen Station outside Yuendumu and taken away as a child to Garden Point Mission on the Tiwi Islands along with all the other Stolen Generation kids. I was lucky I grew up in Darwin and went to school with a good group of Aboriginal students from all over the Territory in a really supportive environment, which has given me the strength to lead a meaningful life. Out on the communities life is much more diffi cult for young people growing up. Theres not much out there and boredom is a big thing, theres a lot of loneliness and despair. Carolyn says that one of the best things about AIMhi was the chance to get out to communities and talk about mental health issues. During AIMhi we did surveys and we found that people had concerns about their lack of knowledge in dealing with mental health issues. As a result weve been able to develop tools and provide training for primary health care workers and other service providers to give them the basics for working with Aboriginal clients suffering from mental health issues. Other services weve now linked up with include addiction counselling service Amity, Central Australian community health group Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi and the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Womens Council, who are all working with our tools to explore mental health and gambling in remote communities. Well also continue testing the brief intervention and developing best practice protocols, and providing training and train the trainer workshops in Indigenous mental health. Weve just got funding for three years to progress our work, so thats very good news. Carolyn is also in her fi nal year of a three-year Indigenous Community Management and Development course at Perths Curtin University and, all things going well, will graduate with a degree next year. Its a real buzz to continue learning new things and, after so many years wanting to, its really satisfying to fi nally complete a university degree. It just shows that, if you really want something, you can get it. Its a real buzz to continue learning new things and, after so many years wanting to, its really satisfying to fi nally complete a university degree. It just shows that, if you really want something, you can get it. Want to work or study at Menzies? Visit www.menzies.edu.au for more information about employment and education opportunities. 31Healing and Resilience Division

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