Professor Roxanne Bainbridge is a Gunggari/Kunja woman from South-Western Queensland. She is a Professorial Research Fellow in Indigenous Health at Central Queensland University Australia; Adjunct to The Cairns Institute at James Cook University; and an inaugural Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity at the University of Melbourne / the University of Oxford. With a background in anthropology, Roxanne focusses her interests on medical anthropology as a culturally constructive critique of the biomedical sciences and policy-makers that provides new understandings of human health, wellness and illness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Roxanne is an engaged researcher/evaluator with extensive experience leading, collaborating and coordinating projects with international, national and local teams. Her methodological expertise is in high impact applied research conducted in participatory and action-oriented research approaches embedded in improvement and systems sciences. Specific proficiencies are in research impact assessment and evaluation; improvement sciences; systems sciences; mixed methods; phronetic grounded theory; systematic literature reviews; and auto/ethnographic approaches. Roxanne applies her methodological expertise and concepts of Indigenous data sovereignty and governance to projects in Indigenous health, e.g. mental health and suicide, adolescent psychosocial wellbeing, social and emotional wellbeing across the life course, health services research, child and maternal health, palliative care, binge drinking and health promotion; and, in education, e.g. engagement, pedagogy, school transitions, inclusive practice and mentoring).
Over the last 10 years she was Lead/Chief Investigator on a total of 52 grants attracting $37.230m. Of 119 publications, 74 are peer-reviewed articles in national/international peer-reviewed journals; 18 are systematic reviews; 18 are reports for government and community-controlled organisations; 12 chapters; 1 peer-reviewed conference paper; 4 peer-reviewed commissioned works; 1 book; and developed government and community health and educational resources. Systematic literature reviews (including Cochrane) in various content areas for Indigenous populations, e.g. Indigenous research impact, social and emotional wellbeing interventions and measurement tools, mentoring, alcohol and other drugs, resilience strategies, Indigenous research education, child and maternal health, cultural competence, sexual assault, family-centred interventions, health promotion tools, program transfer and Indigenous community governance. She is currently the lead investigator on a 1) 4-year national evaluation of the Commonwealth Government’s investment in Indigenous Primary Healthcare, and 2) ARC Engaging adolescents to improve mental healthcare in Indigenous primary healthcare services.
Key research interests:
» Systems science
» Improvement science
» Development and application of research methodologies and methods with a strong focus on research translation and engagement and impact
» Strengthening researcher capacity and improving the integrity and quality of research to maximise its impact and benefit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people
» Leading and collaborating in the development and application of co-designed intervention research that is rigorous, pragmatic and embedded into the routine delivery of services and government policy
James Cook University
James Cook University
2018 The Atlantic Philanthropies - Rhodes House University of Oxford. Senior Fellow. R. Bainbridge
2017. The Atlantic Philanthropies Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity. Awarded June 2017. R. Bainbridge
2016. The Lowitja Institute Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researcher Award 2016. Awarded 10 November 2016. R. Bainbridge
2016-2019. National Health & Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship.
2015. James Cook University Outstanding Research Performance Award (More than 5 HERDC Publications 2014): College of Arts, Society and Education R Bainbridge
2015. James Cook University Outstanding Research Performance Award (Research Grant Income 2014): College of Arts, Society and Education R Bainbridge, J McCalman & K Tsey
2015. James Cook University Outstanding Research Performance Award (Research Grant Income 2014): College of Arts, Society and Education R Bainbridge & K Tsey
2015. James Cook University Early Career Researcher Group Work Challenge (2015) – R Bainbridge, M Smout, S Kamath and J Panchal ($3,300)
2014. James Cook University Outstanding Research Performance Award (external research income 2013): College of Arts, Society and Education and The Cairns Institute
2014. James Cook University Research Performance Award (external research income 2013): Faculty of Education Arts and Social Sciences
2013-2015. Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Award
2011-2012. Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Research Development Fellowship
2012. James Cook University Research Performance Award (external research income 2011): Faculty of Education Arts and Social Sciences
2011. James Cook University Research Contingent Continuing Employment – 1 of only 4 recipients across the university
2009. James Cook University Award for Excellence (Community Engagement) – K Tsey, J McCalman, R Bainbridge and C Brown ($15,000)
2009. James Cook University. 3 Minute Thesis: Winner Early Career Researcher ($700)
2005-2009. James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
2004. James Cook University Academic Medal
2004. Elizabeth Cookson Memorial Bursary (Academic Merit and Potential)
Government Website: 20 October 2017. Evaluation of Indigenous Australians’ Health Program: Independent consultants have been engaged to conduct evaluations of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Australians’ Health Program (IAHP).
News Story TV: 7 News Cairns (@7NewsCairns) tweeted at 7:31 pm on Fri, Aug. 11, 2017:
A team of researchers is aiming to tackle shocking rates of suicide in Indigenous communities @_MichelleJensen #7News: https://t.co/q2p2kUg2xz
Twitter: A team of researchers is aiming to tackle shocking rates of suicide in Indigenous communities (https://twitter.com/7NewsCairns/status/895940626683801600?s=09)
Cairns Post: August 11, 2017. CQU's Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research opens officially opens. www.cairnspost.com.au/.../e9940ba3e18a7314dfc68cbc2518db5a
CQUni News August 11, 2017. Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research officially launched.
CQUni News Published: 11 April 2017. CQUni's healthy contribution for major Indigenous research conference in Canberra. https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/research-category/2017/cqunis-healthy-contribution-for-major-indigenous-research-conference-in-canberra
CQUni News: Cairns Indigenous Health Day A Roaring Success Published: 02 November 2016 https://sportal.cqu.edu.au/news/article?&lscope=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY3F1LmVkdS5hdS9jcXVuaW5ld3Mvc3Rvcmllcy9lbmdhZ2VtZW50LWNhdGVnb3J5LzIwMTcvY2Fpcm5zLWluZGlnZW5vdXMtaGVhbHRoLWRheS1hLXJvYXJpbmctc3VjY2Vzcw&
CQUni News: Community leaders meet to make boarding school transition easier. Published: 15 September 2016. https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/general-category/2016/community-leaders-meet-to-make-boarding-school-transition-easier
CQUni News Published 20 July 2016. CQUni at National Indigenous Research Event. https://www.cqu.edu.au/cquninews/stories/general-category/2017/cquni-at-national-indigenous-research-event
MJA InSight – Interview: Nicole MacKee. Health cost of stereotyping. Conducted 22 October 2015. Published 26 October 2015. https://www.mja.com.au/insight/2015/41/health-cost-stereotyping?0=ip_login_no_cache%3Da0960264c96448ec3e735458b1c56316
The Cairns Institute Newsletter - Research translating into benefits. Date Posted: October 2015
JCU Media Release: Workshop on building resilience. Published 13 October 2015
Cairns Post: Resilience pro hosts workshop. Published 14 October 2015.
MJA InSight Cultural competency is an important step towards improving Indigenous health. Roxanne Bainbridge & Janya McCalman: Culture matters. Published 7 September 2015. https://www.mja.com.au/insight/2015/34/roxanne-bainbridge-janya-mccalman-culture-matters
Radio Adelaide, Adelaide. The Wire. Steven Riggall. Cultural competency in the delivery of health services for Indigenous people. Also broadcast from the following 19 stations
2SER FM (Sydney), 2XX FM (Canberra), 3MGB (Mallacoota), 3REG (Bairnsdale), 4BCB (Blackwater), 4EB (Brisbane), 4GEM (Bowen), 4MIG (Mt Isa), 4TOF (Cunnamulla), 4US (Rockhampton), 5RRR (Woomera), 8CCC (Alice Springs), BLU FM 89.1 (Katoomba), Gove FM (Nhulunbuy), Hobart FM (Hobart), KIX FM (Kingscote), MOB FM (Mt Isa), Radio Goolarri (Broome), Tank Radio (Kempsey) Date aired: 31 July 2015
The Cairns Institute Newsletter – Psychosocial resilience project meeting. Date Posted: July 2015
The Cairns Institute Newsletter – Woman of the Year. Date Posted: April 2015
The Cairns Institute Newsletter – Mental Health Targeted Call for Research into Indigenous Youth Suicide; University of Western Scotland; ISTR Conference; Research& Innovation Grant. Date Posted: October 2014
ABC Radio National – NHMRC GRANT Mental Health Targeted Call for Research into Indigenous Youth Suicide. Date aired: 1September 2014
Lowitja Institute Newsletter - NHMRC GRANT Mental Health Targeted Call for Research into Indigenous Youth Suicide. Date posted: 8 September 2014
JCU News - NHMRC GRANT Mental Health Targeted Call for Research into Indigenous Youth Suicide: Date posted: 2 September 2014
HealthInfoNet - Date posted: 1 September 2014
Guest Lecturer - School Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences. TM5510: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Mentor - ARC National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network
Mentor - NHMRC Building Indigenous Research Capacity Group
Facilitator: Family Wellbeing Program. Gurriny Yealamucka Aboriginal Health Service
Lecturer/Course Co-ordinator: School of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS) (JCU). Postgraduate Subject: Empowerment and Change
Lecturer: SIAS (JCU). Level 3: An Introduction to Indigenous Research Ethics
Associate Lecturer: SIAS (JCU) Level 3: An Introduction to Indigenous Research Ethics
Guest Lecturer: School of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS) (JCU). Postgrad Research Block
Tutor: SIAS (JCU). Core Subject Level 1, 2 and 3. Linking Indigenousness
2019 – ongoing: International Foundation for Integrated Care
2018 - ongoing: Australasian Evaluation Society
2016 - ongoing: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
2015 - 2017: Lowitja Institute Community Capability and the Social Determinants of Health Program Committee Member
2014: International Society for Third-Sector Research
2013 - ongoing: International Indigenous Network: International Union for Health Promotion and Education
2011- ongoing: Australian Health Promotion Association
1. Campbell S, Jongen C, Fagan R, Bainbridge R, McCalman J. (2019). Working Well: Tailoring a workforce development model to deliver sustained improvements in community-controlled health care. Project Report for Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service. 11 January 2019.
2. Bailey, R., Hardie-Boys, N., Bailie, J., Carr, J., Moodie, D., McLean, G., Scanlen, A., Bainbridge, R., Monaghan, R., Walke, E., & Bailie, R. (2018). Evaluation of the Australian Government’s Investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care through the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme: Monitoring and Evaluation Design Report. Retrieved from https://www.allenandclarke.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ME-Design-Report.pdf
3. Bainbridge, R., McCalman, J., Jongen, C., Kinchin, I., Langham, E., Campbell, S., & Doran, C. (2018). Evidence Check: Improving social and emotional Wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Sydney: Sax Institute and Beyond Blue.
4. Doran CM, Kinchin I, Bainbridge R, McCalman J, Shakeshaft AP. (2017). Effectiveness of alcohol and other drug interventions in at risk Aboriginal youth: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute (www.saxinstitute.org.au) for the NSW Drug and Alcohol Population and Community Programs.
5. Fredericks B, Daniels C, Judd J, Bainbridge R, Clapham K, Longbottom M, Adams M, Bessarab D, Collard L, Andersen C, Duthie D, Ball R. (2017). Gendered Indigenous health and wellbeing within the Australian health system: A review of the literature. CQUniversity Australia Publications.
6. McCalman, J., Redman-MacLaren, M., Campbell, S., Bainbridge, R., Vine, K, (2016). Evaluation of the Baby One Program. Final Report. Apunipima Cape York Health Council.
7. McCalman, J., Redman-MacLaren, M., Campbell, S. & Bainbridge R. (2016). Baby One Program Evaluation: Interim Report. Apunipima Cape York Health Council.
8. Heyeres, M., McCalman, J., Bainbridge, R., & Tsey, K. (2015). Culture Rebound Evaluation: Connecting Yarrabah Youth. Gurriny Yealamucka Aboriginal Health Service. focus
9. McCalman J, Ham, R, David, B, Livingston, L, Wenitong, M, Bainbridge, R & Tsey, K. (2015). Improving the implementation of social and emotional wellbeing promotion. Apunipima Cape York Health Council.
10. McCalman, J., Searles, A., Edmunds, K., Jongen, C., Wargent, R., Bainbridge, R. . . Doran, C. (2014). Evaluating the Baby Basket program in north Queensland: As delivered by Apunipima Cape York Health Council, 2009 to 2013: The Lowitja Institute and Apunipima Cape York Health Council.
11. Bainbridge, R., Tsey, K. & McCalman, J. (2013). Pathways to Excellence: The quantity, quality, nature and characteristics of mentoring practices for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing and education and employment outcomes: A systematic review. Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs.
12. Jongen, C., McCalman, J., Bainbridge, R., & Tsey, K. (2013). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Maternal Health Programs and Services: A Systematic Review. Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation: The Cairns Institute, James Cook University.
13. McCalman, J., Tsey, K., Bainbridge, R. (2013). Discussion paper 2. How Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion tools can support the capacity enhancement of health promotion officers. Report for the Lowitja Institute Program 2, Cairns.
14. McCalman, J., Bainbridge, R., Clifford, A., & Tsey, K. (2013). A systematic literature search of cultural competence indicators and interventions targeting Indigenous peoples in Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada: Sax Institute, NSW Ministry of Health.
15. McCalman, J., Bridge, F., Tsey, K., Bainbridge, R., & Whiteside, M. (2013). A systematic literature search of responses to Indigenous sexual assault: Family Planning Qld, Cairns Sexual Assault Service.
16. Bainbridge, R. (2012). Engagement into education in Yarrabah School: Director General Health, Education Roundtable, Yarrabah State School.
17. Bainbridge, R. (2009). Evaluation Report: Parents and children learning together: Yarns from around the campfire Project. Cairns: Gurriny Yealamucka Aboriginal Health Services.
Associate Editor: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Associate Editor: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Mentor Supervisor
Public Health and Health Services - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Public Health and Health Services - Primary Health Care