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Cultural Safety

Cultural Safety Research Team

Prof Kay Brumpton

Rural Medical Education Australia/Griffith University

Kay Brumpton is Professor and Subdean of the Griffith University Rural Program.  With over a 25-year career as a rural general practitioner working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the community-controlled health sector, Kay’s clinical and research achievements reflect her commitment to excellence and innovation in the field of health and social sciences. Through her collaborative efforts with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and communities, Kay delivers high, quality, evidence-based health care and provides mentorship, teaching and supervision to learners in general practice to ensure health disparities and health inequalities are addressed.  As the sub-dean for the Griffith University rural program and reference group member for Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education, she has extensive networks to influence and advocate for change in this sector.

Dr Hannah Woodall

Rural Medical Education Australia/Griffith University

Hannah Woodall is a Researcher at Rural Medical Education Australia and Senior Lecturer at School of Medicine and Dentistry, Griffith University. Hannah has a particular interest in the quality and acceptability of medical care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities within the General Practice setting. A significant proportion of her clinical experience in general practice has been within the field of Aboriginal Health, both within and outside of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

Prof Tarun Sen Gupta

James Cook University

Tarun Sen Gupta is Head of the Townsville Clinical School, and Professor of Health Professional Education at the James Cook University College of Medicine and Dentistry. He has worked in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education since 1993, with interests in rural medicine, small group teaching, community-based education and assessment. He is a Training Adviser for the Queensland Health Rural Generalist Pathway and has previously worked in solo remote practice in Richmond, northwest Queensland. Tarun is a Past-President of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland and is Treasurer of the Rural Doctors Foundation. He currently chairs the assessment committee of the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine and sits on the ACRRM Education Council and its Selection Committee. He was a foundation staff member of the James Cook University medical school when it was established in 2000 and has published numerous papers on its educational model and graduate outcomes.

Dr Raelene Ward

Raelene Ward is a proud Aboriginal woman and traditional owner of the Kunja People on her late Grandfather Albert McKellar’s side. Her late Grandmother Hazel McKellar is a Kooma woman from southwest Queensland. Raelene has been employed at UniSQ as a research fellow and Senior Academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and more recently as the Knowledge Broker First Nations Engagement in the Southern Queensland Northern New South Wales (SQNNSW) Hub. Raelene leads engagement and research that is First Nations led and community driven, aligning to her role in the Hub. As she takes on this role she will advocate for First Nations People and right holders ensuring their perspectives, knowledge and participation are integrated by leading knowledge sharing around drought responses, resistance/adaptation to drought and the impact of drought on the social and emotional wellbeing of First Nations people and Traditional Owner groups. Raelene has an extensive network establishing longstanding, meaningful and effective relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and is highly respected in the community-controlled health sector, organisations providing advocacy and leadership.

Dr Rebecca Evans

James Cook University

Rebecca Evans is a health services researcher at the College of Medicine and Dentistry and the Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening (a centre of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, AITHM). She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Rebecca’s research interests are in health policy, addressing health inequities, health care workforce, innovative models of health service provision and implementation. Much of her research is conducted in the context of underserved populations (rural, remote, tropical, culturally diverse).

A/Prof Janani Pinidiyapathirage

Rural Medical Education Australia/Griffith University

Janani Pinidiyapathirage is the Research Lead at Rural Medical Education Australia and Associate Professor at School of Medicine and Dentistry, Griffith University. Janani provides research support and guidance for students and clinicians in various health disciplines. Her primary research interests are in prevention and management of chronic disease across disadvantaged populations. In addition, she has a keen interest in rural health and health of First Nations peoples.  Janani has extensive experience in designing and conducting large scale longitudinal studies and has several publications in leading medical journals.

Dr William MacAskill

Rural Medical Education Australia/Griffith University

William MacAskill has research experience in education and medical education, with a background as an experienced secondary school educator. He has experience in running multi-site student-led clinical audits across rural public hospital facilities in Metro South and Darling Downs Hospital and Health Services. William has experience in conducting focus groups for both research and quality improvement purposes, and human clinical trials. As a rural researcher residing in a rural town, he is particularly interested in research designed to understand and improve the experiences and health care outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in rural primary and emergency care settings.

Publications

Cultural safety in telehealth consultations with Indigenous people: A scoping review of global literature.

Terrill K, Woodall H, Evans R, Sen Gupta T, Ward R, Brumpton K.
Accepted for publication in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare (2023).

Current research

Assessing cultural safety in general practice consultations for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Grant funding: Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF): Clinician Researchers Applied Research in Health Grant
Status: Data collection and analysis (Phase 1)
Project team: RuralMedEd, James Cook University, University of Southern Queensland.

Person-centred care in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes in general practice: Collaborative goal setting for self-management.

Grant funding: RACGP Foundation/ Diabetes Australia Grant
Status: Data collection and analysis
Project team: RuralMedEd, Griffith University

Enhancing the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in goal-setting as part of general practice chronic disease management planning and routine health assessments through the development of a culturally safe goal-setting tool.

Grant funding: Pending
Status: Proposal development
Project team: RuralMedEd, James Cook University, University of Southern Queensland, Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement.

Assessing cultural safety in telehealth general practice consultations for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Grant funding: ACCRM Education Research Grant
Status: Data analysis and manuscript preparation
Project team: RuralMedEd, James Cook University, University of Southern Queensland.

Exploration of cultural safety training and culturally safe practices by GP registrars when consulting with Indigenous patients

Grant funding: ACCRM Education Research Grant
Status: Data analysis and manuscript preparation
Project team: RuralMedEd, James Cook University, University of Southern Queensland.

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