Research at Caboolture Community Medical

Caboolture Community Medical is committed to exploring and implementing better ways to improve the health of our community. Since 2012, we have partnered with health researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and The University of Queensland (UQ) to undertake high quality research that will inform best practice at the primary health care level and improve health outcomes for children and adults. Our commitment includes capacity building for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals in research and higher research education and we have actively supported higher research degree candidates and vocational research education scheme scholars in the clinic. We are actively engaged in the development and implementation of research programs that meet health priorities in our community.

If you would like to take part in our research, you can find out more information at the clinic.

Current Studies

1. Tooth and Lung Sickness in Murri Medical Kids (TLSiMMKids Study)

Respiratory illnesses and dental disease are major causes of poor health in children. This project aims to better understand the burden, causes and impact of respiratory illnesses in our children aged less than 5 years. The study is also looking at how common are the risk factors for dental disease in these children. The study commenced in 2012 and will conclude at the end of 2016. TLSiMMKids is a partnership with QUT and funding support has been provided by the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Queensland Government, National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence in Lung Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, QUT and UQ. Kerry Hall (one of our staff) is undertaking a PhD at QUT through the project. Kerry won two awards at the 2016 Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting for her work on the project.

2. Researching Intervention in Chronic Cough in Kids (RICCi Kids Study)

Persistent cough in children is an important problem and often signals underlying lung disease that can persist into adulthood. The RICCi Kids Study aims to find out if an evidence-based management plan that is implemented at the time a child transitions from acute to cough improves clinical outcomes and is cost-effective. The study is funded by the NHMRC and is a partnership with QUT. The study commenced in 2015 and is recruiting children aged less than 15 years who have a cough until mid 2017. Renee Johnston is our research officer on the project.

3. Improving the uptake and timeliness of immunisation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants in the first year of life (Prickle Babes Study)

Immunisation against vaccine-preventable diseases is one of the most successful public health initiatives worldwide. Ensuring young infants get immunised, and immunised on time, is important to preventing serious infections that can lead to hospitalisation and deaths. The Prickle Babes Study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of different methods to help parents get their babies immunised and on time. The study commenced in 2016 and will run for 3 years. Any woman who is more than 12 weeks pregnant can participate in the study. The study is funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland and is a partnership with QUT. Renee Johnston and Jennie Anderson are working on the project.

4. Validation and Implementation of Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (SCID-I) tool to diagnose mental disorders in Indigenous Australians

This project aims to understand the burden of mental health problems and therefore inform better ways of reducing mental health problems in the community. A major focus is to understand the gaps in what is known about mental health issues and what needs to be done to improve management. This study is funded by a partnership with the UQ Rural School of Medicine and continues until the end of 2016.

5. Minding the Gap – Evidence Based Management of Comorbid Mental and Physical Illnesses in Indigenous Australians: Indigenous Solutions to Indigenous Health Issues.

This study aims to evaluate the relationship between mental illness and chronic disease amongst Indigenous Australians living in metropolitan, rural and remote areas and identify the gaps in evidence-based management among Indigenous Australians. The goal is to re-design the Indigenous solutions/ models of care to address these gaps. The study is funded by xx and is a partnership with the UQ Rural School of Medicine.

Previous Studies

1. Influenza vaccination in pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: a pilot study (Lowitja FluMum)

Influenza infection during pregnancy can cause serious problems for the mother and her baby. Immunisation in pregnancy is also though to protect the baby from influenza infection during the first 6 months of life. This study aimed to determine the uptake of influenza vaccine during pregnancy and understand the enablers and barriers to maternal vaccination from an Indigenous perspective. The study was a partnership with the Menzies School of Health Research (Charles Darwin University), QUT and the Hunter-New England Public Health Unit in NSW. The study was funded by the Lowitja Institute.

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

On the 14th of July 2016 the team at Caboolture Community Medical received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in recognition of exceptional sustained performance and outstanding achievement in Community Partnership.