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Inala Indigenous Health Service - Research

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All the activities of the Inala Indigenous Health Service aim to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and research is an essential part of this.

In 2010, a decade after publication of our first research paper, we appointed three full-time researchers, Dr Deborah Askew, Dr Chelsea Bond and Dr Wendy Foley. Many of our clinical staff are also involved in research, including our allied health professionals, community health workers, and doctors. Collectively, our staff are experienced in a variety of types of research, and have published over 120 papers and given many research presentations in Australia and internationally. Details are found in Publications and Presentations.


Our research team is based at our Inala Plaza office, facing Inala Ave, next to the Westpac Bank .

Research governance

All research projects involving our health service must be considered and approved first by our Research Executive Committee, and secondly by the Inala Community Jury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research. The Research Executive Committee assesses the relative risks and benefits to the clinic of the proposed research, and the Inala Community Jury assesses its cultural appropriateness and the relative importance to the local community. The Community Jury also provides community and cultural oversight throughout the research project. For more information, see our Community Jury page or contact Dr Deborah Askew.

Types of research

The key aim of all of our research is to ensure we provide the best possible care to our patients.

Our research focuses on:

  • Improving access to, and delivery of, health services
  • Chronic disease prevention, management and treatment
  • Adult health
  • Child and maternal health
  • Understanding the health status and health needs of our practice population


Methods of research, with examples of each, include:

  • Cross-sectional studies

prevalence and risk factors for middle ear infections in children (using our Child Health Checks [Link; health checks])

  • Qualitative investigations

Kanyini Qualitative Study

Smoking cessation success stories

  • Clinical trials

the Kanyini Guidelines Adherence with the Polypill (GAP) Study

  • Evaluation

attitudes towards the delivery of dietetic services

  • Longitudinal data collection and analysis

using routinely collected clinical data (health checks) to measure and explain change in health status over time

Research partners

Much of our research is done in partnership with other services, which include:

  • Baker IDI Heart, Diabetes Institute and The George Institute for Global Health – the Home Based Outreach Chronic Disease Management Exploratory Study (the HOME Study) and the Kanyini GAP Study
  • Menzies School of Health Research – Audit and Best Practice in Chronic Disease Management
  • Universities: Griffith University, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, James Cook University, University of New South Wales, University of Melbourne, Flinders University, University of Western Australia, Otago University (New Zealand) – a wide variety of research projects.


Interested in research?


For further information about current research projects, or to discuss a potential research topic, please contact Dr Deborah Askew, Research Director, on 07 3275 5465. A list of who works in our research section is found here. Email addresses are listed on our contacts page.


Although care is taken, this site, and links from it to third-party sites, may possibly contain the names or images of people who have passed away, which may sadden and distress some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Website editor Justin Coleman 

Last updated: 20 May 2013