An evidence-based approach to learning

View some of the following research projects and studies that have been initiated in the Midwest-Gascoyne region:

Conversations for Change: accelerating efforts to prevent family violence

This multipronged and multilevel participatory action research aims to examine the effectiveness of community-led family violence primary prevention efforts in Geraldton, Western Australia. Components of the project include a community survey, training delivery and a targeted media intervention.

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Community of Practice – Using Family and Domestic Violence as a Lens to Understand Complex Social Problems

The WA Centre for Rural Health iniated the Community of Practice (CoP) to build on the Community Respect and Equality initiative for the primary prevention of family and domestic violence in Geraldton, led by the local agency Desert Blue Connect.

The CoP provides an opportunity to engage with cross-disciplinary experts across The University of Western Australia on issues related to FDV prevention and response. Members of the CoP come from a variety of disciplines including: Law, Media, Medicine, Social Work, Population Health, Policy and Student Services.

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Clinical Yarning Education Project

Clinical Yarning is a framework to assist clinicians to improve the effectiveness of their communication in Aboriginal health care. Clinical Yarning workshops build upon in-place cultural learning and provide clinicians and students with skills that translate cultural learning into healthcare practice. Clinical Yarning is complemented by an eLearning program

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Interested in conducting research in Aboriginal communities in the Midwest-Gascoyne?

If you wish to conduct research in Aboriginal communities within the Midwest-Gascoyne, you are required to demonstrate appropriate consultation and follow the regions necessary processes and gain approval prior to submitting your application to the Western Australian Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee.

The Western Australian Aboriginal Health Ethics Committee (WAAHEC) is one of three Aboriginal specific Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and is recognised and registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) the peak ethics body in Australian Health and Ethics Committee (AHEC).

The WAAHEC was established to promote and support quality research that will be reflective of the needs of the community, as there was concerns with the increased research being conducted in Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. The WAAHEC’s objectives are to effectively monitor ethically sound, culturally appropriate, determine priorities to the research and ensure the benefits to Aboriginal people.

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