Strengthening systems for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care equity


A range of higher degree research (HDR) student project opportunities exist. We are looking for talented and motivated candidates, who have a vision for equitable health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through quality improvement (QI) and collaborative research to strengthen primary health care systems


Professor Ross Bailie, Associate Professor Megan Passey

Research Location

Rural Clinical School (Northern Rivers)

Program Type



The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence- Strengthening systems for Indigenous health care equity (CRE-STRIDE) is an Indigenous-led research collaboration, that builds on an established partnership of researchers and service providers, working to improve the quality of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our Research Approach is based on growing evidence of the importance of community-driven, culture-strengthening interventions in Indigenous primary health care settings. Our way of working puts the strengths, needs and aspirations of Indigenous people at the centre of the research process informed by methodologies that reflect Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing and advance international Indigenous scholarship. The CRE Investigator team, and higher degree research (HDR) supervisors have outstanding national and international reputations and track records. There are many HDR opportunities within the CRE-STRIDE that will lead to high quality outputs including published works. Our preference is to work with potential candidates to identify areas of common interest as long as they fall within the CRE-STRIDE strategic aims:
1) Indigenous research leadership and two-way mentorship and learning; 2) strengthening QI processes within PHC systems and enhancing community linkages; and 3) extending QI processes across sectors to promote health and wellbeing and strengthen social and cultural determinants of health.In addition, we also offer a number of specific ideas below:
• Developing and implementing a systems assessment tool for managers in Indigenous primary care services.
• Understanding quality improvement facilitation and its applications.
• Testing and refining new implementation processes and tools to overcome barriers to improvement and efficacy of quality improvement approaches.
• Developing methods for strengthening community input into improving quality improvement processes.
• Systems thinking approaches to quality improvement.
• Facilitating and generating a synthesis of knowledge across multiple projects, operating under CRE-STRIDE.
• Developmental evaluation or process evaluation of the CRE-STRIDE.

Additional Information

Students interested in enquiring further should provide a CV detailing their academic track record and research experience. International students would need both a scholarship and sufficient funds to pay the fees required by the University of Sydney.
Supervisors will be matched to student's needs.

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Indigenous; primary health care; health services; systems strengthening; quality improvement; systems thinking; Indigenous methodologies; participatory action research; social determinants of health; evaluation; collaboration

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2782

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