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$100,000 boost for Indigenous health research
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Cowan University’s (ECU’s) research into Indigenous health has been
strengthened by a $100,000 donation from not-for-profit organisation Bellberry
Ltd. The donation will be officially presented at an event at the Mount Lawley
Campus today, Friday, 24 June 2011.
funding has created a new Senior Research Fellow position within Kurongkurl
Katitjin, ECU's Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research. Dr Dan
McAullay has been appointed to the role.
Vice-Chancellor Professor John Finlay-Jones welcomed the funding.
Ltd has provided an exceptional stimulus to ECU’s Indigenous research efforts,
with intended outcomes of great benefit nationally,” Professor Finlay-Jones
is pleased to provide ongoing support to medical researchers across
Australia. The company is particularly excited to support Dr McAullay and
research into Indigenous health."
McAullay’s research will focus on:
development of Aboriginal Research
Protocols to be implemented across ECU and made available nationally;
development of an Aboriginal ethics
training course for the Human Research Ethics Committee; and
ways to encourage primary health care
services, especially general practice, to incorporate health promotion
interventions into care.
McAullay said the funding will allow him to further develop his research into
Indigenous health issues.
PhD study examined the contribution primary health care has made to the
maternal, infant and child health in WA. With the support from Bellberry and Kurongkurl
Katitjin I will be building on this, aiming to improve the ethics and processes
of collecting data on Indigenous health and ultimately improving outcomes for
Indigenous communities,” Dr McAullay said.
research will complement the world-class work already being conducted at
Kurongkurl Katitjin. The Centre also offers a range of courses to Indigenous
and non-Indigenous students and as well as providing ongoing support to
Ltd is a national, private not-for-profit organisation based in Adelaide providing
human research ethics committee services to the Australian research community
Any surplus funds generated by the
activities of the Bellberry committees are donated into the Australian
research community, which totals over $2 million since the company's inception