Indigenous Advisory and Stakeholder Engagement

The NHMRC has established an advisory committee to seek advice on Indigenous health and Indigenous health research issues.

Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC)

The PCIC provides advice to the NHMRC Council and CEO on issues relating to Indigenous health research and the implementation of Road Map II. The committee is comprised of Indigenous representatives currently on NHMRC Council and Principal Committees and Early Career Researchers. The committee is chaired by Prof Sandra Eades. The committee members are as follows:

Early Career Researchers

Dr Yvette Roe 

Yvette Roe is a Njikena Jawuru woman from the West Kimberley region, Western Australia. Yvette has more than 20 years’ experience working in the Indigenous health sector. She has worked in health policy, program development and service delivery with a number of agencies including the Commonwealth Department of Health, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector and within the tertiary sector.

Yvette is an early career Aboriginal scholar and her research is aimed at identifying opportunities to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by implementing services that are patient, family and community focused. The title of the her doctoral thesis is: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guideline-concordance and clinician-patient engagement for non-ST-elevation Acute Coronary Syndromes utilising hospital services administrative data and medical records.

Yvette is passionate about Indigenous health policy, primary health care, equity and innovative models for health care delivery as well as mix-method evaluations. For her, research is about identifying a problem, asking questions, conducting rigorous investigations and proposing practical solutions that are informed by the community and evidence-based practice. Key areas of interest include cardiovascular disease, comprehensive primary health, patient-clinician engagement, meaningful measures of health and wellness, innovative models of health financing, Aboriginal community controlled health sector policy development, program delivery and the development of community-focused evaluation models informed by an critical Indigenous research paradigm.

Mr Ali Drummond  RN   MIPH (UQ), GradCert (Acad Prac) (QUT), BNSc (JCU)

Ali was born and raised on Thursday Island in north Queensland, and is a descendant of the Dauareb people of the Murray Islands and the Wuthathi and Yadaigana peoples of North-Eastern Cape York Peninsula. Ali is a Registered Nurse, and his nursing experience spans clinical practice, policy and academia. He has worked as a clinician in the remote Torres Strait Islands and in urban Queensland in both Comprehensive Primary and Tertiary health care models. He has also been the Indigenous Nurse Advisor to three of Queensland’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers in Queensland Health. Ali is currently a Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology.

Ali is a recipient of the James Cook University’s Sally Goold Award (2005) and Early Career Alumni Award (2012). He is in the early stages of his Master of Applied Science (Research) at QUT, which is focused on the educational preparation of registered nurses regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ wellbeing.

Ali is interested in the contribution of contemporary Australian nursing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well-being. His latest publication is a chapter titled, Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners, which promotes the optimisation of the essential partnerships between the registered nurse and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker (and the new role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner) in delivering health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Dr Simon Graham 

Simon is a McKenzie postdoctoral research fellow and Poche associate at the University of Melbourne.  Simon is the chief investigator of a sexual health and viral hepatitis trial with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in NSW known as SHIMMER.  SHIMMER tripled chlamydia, gonorrhoea and HIV testing among young Aboriginal people and diagnosed more than double the number of chlamydia infections. 

Simon is also the chief investigator of a research project examining the health service access of young Aboriginal people in Melbourne which is a collaboration with the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service.  Simon's interests are in community-based programs and interventions that provide benefits for Aboriginal people and communities.  In 2015, he travelled with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service to a number of prisons in Victoria to discuss sexual health and hepatitis C with men in prison.  

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