ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER FAMILY HEALTH NEEDS

A research program for families who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members living in Queensland. 

We acknowledge the traditional owners, the Turrbal and Yuggera Peoples, of the land on which the Mater Mother's Hospital and our research program stands. We also acknowledge the Quandamooka Peoples where the lead investigators of the Indigenous QFC work. We pay our respects to the Turrbal, Yuggera and Quandamooka Elders, past, present and emerging.  

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

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AM I ELIGIBLE?

You are eligible to join this study if you-

  1. Or your partner, if you have one, identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

  2. Or your partner are 12-24 weeks pregnant and birthing at Mater Mothers' Hospital Brisbane, Australia.

  3. And your partner, if you have one, take part.

  4. See a dedicated midwife face to face or over the phone throughout your pregnancy.

  5. Provide samples (what samples?) during pregnancy and 6 weeks after baby is born.

  6. Fill in online surveys about physical health and wellbeing sent to you for convenience, over your pregnancy.

MIDWIFE APPOINTMENTS

Extra support and guidance will be provided to you free of charge from our dedicated research midwife and Indigenous health worker.

 

Our midwife will contact you if you are interested in the study and then when you are 24, 28 and 36 weeks pregnant, just after your baby is born, and again six weeks after your baby's birth.

During your pregnancy, our appointments are face-face in our clinical room at Aubigny Place opposite the Mater Mother's Hospital, South Brisbane. We will see you in hospital after your baby is born.

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SAMPLES AND SURVEYS

Our research themes are aimed to understand how to live a healthy long-life in Queensland.

 

We will ask you to fill in surveys about your sleep, mental health, exercise, nutrition, chronic disease and types of medications used by your family.

We will take your height, weight and blood pressure and collect biological samples like blood, urine, saliva, toenails, hair, skin and stool swabs.

If you provide samples and fill in the surveys we will give you your choice of a Woolworths gift card or hospital car parking voucher. When your baby is born, we will provide a Little Jarjum doll for your baby free of charge. 

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY INFORMATION?

All information provided to the research team remains private.

 

Your family's data will be deidentified so it remains anonymous.

 

It will form part of a bank of data.

 

Researchers can request to use your anonymous data to look at different research questions.

 

These questions are focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and will be approved by Ethics and Governance Committees.

 

These studies will help better identify health needs of the community, understand future health and influence Queensland policies and procedures.

Interested in enrolling? Click below to contact our friendly staff!