Research

Detailed below are the current Research Projects Nunkuwarrin Yunti are involved in as well as a brief overview of some past projects.

PROPHECY – Predicting Renal Ophthalmological Heart Events in Aboriginal Community

PROPHECY is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded study led by Prof Alex Brown of the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

The overarching aim of the study is to explore the relationships between diabetes and diabetes related complications and the existence of social, clinical, psychological and genetic risk markers in South Australian Aboriginal people with and without Type 2 diabetes.

The study is looking to recruit 4000 Aboriginal people aged 15 years and older across South Australia, 2000 of these will be within the Adelaide metropolitan region (1000 with type 2 diabetes and 1000 without)

The study commenced in June 2015 and is due for completion in December 2019. Nunkuwarrin Yunti is one the recruitment sites involved in the project, and we have a dedicated Aboriginal Health Practitioner who will be supporting the study.

For more information contact Belinda Hammond – Research Officer on 08 8406 1600 or click here

Aboriginal Cardiovascular Omega 3 Trial

The Aboriginal Cardiovascular Omega 3 Trial is a NHMRC funded study led by Prof Alex Brown of the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

The Aboriginal Cardiovascular Omega 3 Trial is a randomised placebo-controlled double-blind multi-centre clinical trial which aims to find out if Aboriginal patients who have coronary artery disease (CAD) will be better protected from having “heart attacks” by taking an Omega 3 oil supplement. The trial also aims to find out what effect Omega 3 has on some of the factors associated with adverse cardiovascular events.

The project brings together a team of investigators from the University of Adelaide and SAHMRI. Prof Robert Gibson, Prof Prash Sanders, and Dr Scott Willoughby are Chief Investigators on the team which is led by Prof Alex Brown.

The Project commenced in December 2014 and is due for completion in December 2016. Nunkuwarrin Yunti is one of 5 sites involved in the project and we have a dedicated Aboriginal Health Practitioner who will be supporting the study. The other sites are the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Lyell McEwin Health Service, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Nunkuwarrin Yunti Health Service.

For more information contact Belinda Hammond – Research Officer on 08 8406 1600 or click here.

Rising Spirits – A Community Resilience Project

The Rising Spirits study is a Beyond Blue funded Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) led study that aims to improve access to and engagement of South Australian Aboriginal people in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) and comprehensive primary health care services designed at addressing experiences of grief and loss.

The project seeks to strengthen and support health service capacity within the ACCHS to address the grief and loss needs of the Aboriginal community. Research findings will be used to develop Aboriginal models and a resource toolkit to support the delivery of comprehensive primary health care.

The anticipated benefits for the broader Aboriginal community will be increased information about services available to them when experiencing bereavement and information and resources about grief and loss processes and ways of supporting children and their families.

The study commenced in June 2013 and is due for completion in 2015.

For more information contact Belinda Hammond – Research Officer on 08 8406 1600 or click here.

Involvement in recently completed research projects

Nunkuwarrin Yunti has also been involved in the below listed projects that have recently come to completion:

  • Research Excellence in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health (REACCH)
  • ‘CQI Success Stories’ - Identifying effective strategies for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Indigenous primary health care
  • Towards the development of Wellbeing model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living with a chronic disease
  • Next STEPS
  • Aboriginal Women’s Fitness Program
  • Metro-North Tobacco Use Study