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Janya Mccalman

BA (Hons), MPH, PhD
Professorial Research Fellow - Indigenous Health
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research
Cairns
Cairns Square - Room 3.10
Cnr Abbott and Shields St, Cairns
About Me

Dr Janya McCalman is a Professorial Research Fellow at CQUniversity at the Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research and a public health researcher. She is internationally recognised for her extensive research on the interactions between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with schools, workplaces, health services and other community contexts which enable resilience, empowerment and wellbeing. Papers have focused on Aboriginal mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, youth health, maternal and child health, health services research, health promotion and implementation research. Her PhD was conferral in 2013; for this she won the Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence.Her methodological expertise lies particularly in participatory and action-oriented quality improvement research approaches; grounded theory; systematic literature reviews; and research transfer and implementation. She supervises and mentors several Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal research students.

General
Background

Dr Janya McCalman is a public health researcher with a background in health promotion practice. She has a Masters of Public Health and a PhD, conferred in 2013 with a Deans Excellence Award. She is recognised for her diverse multi-method research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders partners over the last 15 years, including in Aboriginal mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, youth health, maternal and child health, health services research and implementation research. She has led systematic literature reviews, participatory action research, grounded theory and impact evaluation research projects which seek to inform improvements in resilience, empowerment-based health and wellbeing and the implementation of health programs and services. Given she is at an early career stage, her ability to report and publish research is prolific; outputs include 43 peer-review papers; 1 book, 4 book chapters; 22 other publications; and 31 conference presentations. She has been successful as Lead/Chief Investigator on 16 grants, including two fellowships and three competitive grants (NHMRC ID: APP1076774; NHMRC 1078927; ARC IN150100011); contributing to $9.7m funding. She has received JCU performance awards for external income and publication outputs. She has also contributed to the design and facilitation of training workshops with international mental health leaders.

Universities Studied At

Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

University of NSW

University of Sydney 

James Cook University 

Universities Worked At

University of Queensland

James Cook University

University of NSW

CQUniversity 

Awards

2015 James Cook University College of Arts Society and Education award in recognition of grant income more than $100,000 in 2014 2015 James Cook University College of Arts Society and Education award in recognition of 5 or more HERDC publications in 2014 2013 James Cook University Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence (nominated by Professor of Indigenous Australian Studies) 2012 James Cook University Faculty Staff Awards for 17 Publications during PhD Candidature 2010 James Cook University Research Performance Award, external research income (2007-2009) 2010 James Cook University Graduate Research School Grant 2009 James Cook University Staff Awards for Excellence 2009 James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship Queensland 2002 Benjamin Award for achievement in drug abuse prevention

Professional Experience

CATEGORY 1
2016 Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement: seed funding grant: Social and emotional wellbeing indicators across the lifespan. K Tsey, A Shakeshaft, J McCalman, R Bainbridge, I Kinchin, A Searles, A Clifford, C Doran .
2016-2019 National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship. APP1113392 Developing a Service Integration Toolkit to improve the quality of adolescent mental health promotion services in Cape York: A program of mixed methods research. J Mccalman.
2015-16 Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement: Post doc fellowship: Piloting the application of CQI approaches to the implementation of social and emotional wellbeing approaches across primary healthcare and partner services J McCalman.
2015-2016 Centre for Research Excellence in the Improvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Health Services: Evaluation of social and emotional wellbeing integration within the implementation of the Baby One Program.
2015-2015 Centre for Research Excellence in the Improvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Health Services: Systematic review: family-centred approaches for early childhood health and wellbeing care.
2015-19 National Health and Medical Research Council 1076774: Mental Health Targeted Call for Research into Indigenous Youth Suicide. ‘Psycho-social resilience and vulnerability and suicide prevention: A mentoring approach to modifying suicide risk for remote Indigenous students at boarding school’. R Bainbridge, CIB and PSP J McCalman, K Tsey, E Hunter, P McGorry, M Wenitong, Y Cadet-James, A Shakeshaft, C Doran & C Lalonde.
2015-17 Australian Research Council: Discovery Indigenous. Developing a framework for measuring Indigenous research benefit. Project ID: IN150100011. F Watkin Lui, R Bainbridge, Y Cadet-James, K Tsey, CIE J McCalman.
2015-19 National Health and Medical Research Council: APP 1078927: Centre of Research Excellence – An Innovation Platform for Systems-Wide Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care. CIs: R Bailie, D Peiris, F Cunningham, S Larkins, C Doran, A Cass, L O’Donoghue, C Nelson, P Burgess, K Tsey; AIs: M Tynan, K Copley, A Brown, L Clark, A Searles, M Wenitong, D Askew, A Hollins, R Kwedza, J McCalman.
2014 National Health and Medical Research Council: APP 1048069: Intervention trial to reduce alcohol related harms among high risk young Indigenous Australians.
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2015-2016 Lowitja Institute: Pathways to resilience: The role of cultural connectedness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents.
2015-2016 Lowitja Institute: Sustainable implementation of Indigenous early childhood family support programs that work: a Family Wellbeing case-study.
2015 Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service Headline Indicators Project.
2014 Australian Defence Force: Evaluation of Australian Defence Indigenous Entry Programs.
2014 Researchers in Business/Apunipima Cape York Health Council. Improving the implementation of social and emotional wellbeing services in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary healthcare.
2014 Menzies School of Health Research: National headline indicators project.
2014 University of NSW. Inspiring Indigenous youth to build resilience and sustain participation with education and employment: Yarrabah and Mt Isa trials.
2014 Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service. Evaluation of the Culture Rebound Project, Yarrabah.
2013-2014 Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. An evidence-informed best practice model for integrating cultural competency into program development and implementation.
2013 Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. Applying what works.
2012-2014 Lowitja Institute. Health Promotion Capacity Building: Tools, resources and to strengthen health promotion outcomes (Stages 2-4). N Percival, J McCalman, K. Tsey, C Brown, K Rowley, R Reilly, L O’Donoghue, J Brands, M Whiteside, Y Cadet-James, R Bainbridge, R Wargent, A Shakeshaft, J Hains, R Baillie, A Gall.
2013-2014 Lowitja Institute. Baby Basket evaluation, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, McCalman J.; Searles, A., Brown, C; Tsey, K.
2013 The Cairns Institute. Impact Evaluation of a Participatory Empowerment Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion Program Among Indigenous Australians: A Prospective Multi-Centre Intervention Study Using a Mixed-Methods Approach. K Tsey, Y Cadet James, J McCalman, M Whiteside, R Bainbridge, C Brown, R Wargent, S Jacups, et al.
2012-2013 Family Planning Queensland, Cairns Sexual Assault Service. A systematic literature search of responses to Indigenous sexual assault. McCalman, J.; Tsey, K.
2012 The Sax Institute, NSW Ministry of Health. A systematic literature search of cultural competence indicators and interventions targeting Indigenous peoples in Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. McCalman, J., Bainbridge, R., Clifford, A., Tsey, K.
2011 Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation. Examining what works for Indigenous health and wellbeing a systematic literature review of Child and Maternal Health Services and Programs K Tsey, A Wilson, J McCalman, R Bainbridge, Y Cadet James.
2011 Queensland Health. Evaluation framework and indicators for the Cape York Indigenous family-centred project Tsey, K., McCalman, J.
2011 ACT for Kids: Evaluation across five remote safe houses: a multiple baseline design study, Tsey, K., McCalman, J.
2010 1. Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service: Scoping project - developing a community social and emotional wellbeing action plan; Tsey, K.; Bainbridge R., McCalman J.
2010 Gindaja Treatment and Healing Centre: Evaluation of Beat da Binge Project. Tsey, K., McCalman, J.
2008 Queensland Health Family Wellbeing Training. Tsey K, McCalman J.
2007-2008 2. National Suicide Prevention Strategy via the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health. Learning from the experts: Building bridges to implement successful life promotion and suicide prevention expertise across Aboriginal communities. Tsey, K., McCalman, J., Cadet-James Y., and Wallace, V.
2006 3. Desert Knowledges Cooperative Research Centre core project 4 – Family empowerment and sustainable desert settlements. Tsey K. and McCalman, J.
2006 4. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Family Violence Research with young people. Tsey, K., McCalman, J., Baird, L., Baird, B.
2006 5. CRC for Aboriginal Health Discussion paper on university/community research partnerships. Tsey, K., Mayo, K., McCalman, J.

Professional Memberships

Australian Health Promotion Association

International Society for Third Sector Research

Key Achievements

National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship. APP1113392 Developing a Service Integration Toolkit to improve the quality of adolescent mental health promotion services in Cape York: A program of mixed methods research. J McCalman $314,000.

National Health and Medical Research Council 1076774: Mental Health Targeted Call for Research into Indigenous Youth Suicide. ‘Psycho-social resilience and vulnerability and suicide prevention: A mentoring approach to modifying suicide risk for remote Indigenous students at boarding school’. R Bainbridge, CIB and PSP J McCalman, K Tsey, E Hunter, P McGorry, M Wenitong, Y Cadet-James, A Shakeshaft, C Doran & C Lalonde. $824,876.

Australian Research Council: Discovery Indigenous.

Developing a framework for measuring Indigenous research benefit. Project ID: IN150100011. F Watkin Lui, R Bainbridge, Y Cadet-James, K Tsey, CIE J McCalman. $612,845.

National Health and Medical Research Council: APP 1078927: Centre of Research Excellence – An Innovation Platform for Systems-Wide Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care. CIs: R Bailie, D Peiris, F Cunningham, S Larkins, C Doran, A Cass, L O’Donoghue, C Nelson, P Burgess, K Tsey; AIs: M Tynan, K Copley, A Brown, L Clark, A Searles, M Wenitong, D Askew, A Hollins, R Kwedza, J McCalman $2.5 mill.

Computer Software

Microsoft suite

NVIVO

Endnote 

Industry Reports

Heyeres, M., McCalman, J., Bainbridge, R., & Tsey, K. (2015) Culture Rebound Evaluation: Connecting Yarrabah Youth. Cairns: The Cairns Institute, James Cook University.

McCalman, J., & Jones, G. (2015) Gurriny Yealamucka Health Service Evaluation Report 2014-15. Cairns: The Cairns Institute, James Cook University.

McCalman, J., Ham, R., Wenitong, M,, David, B., Livingstone, L., Bainbridge, R., Tsey, K. (2015) Improving the implementation of social and emotional wellbeing promotion: Apunipima Cape York Health Council, 2015.

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.

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. James Cook University, Cairns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Searles, A., Whiteside, M., McCalman, J., Tsey, K., Doran, C. (2012). ACT for Kids: Evaluation of the family wellbeing initiative delivered to Safe-House staff. Report commissioned by ACT for Kids, Newcastle and Cairns.
Searles, A., McCalman, J., Tsey, K., Doran, C., Shakeshaft, A. (2012). Evaluating health initiatives in Cape York Indigenous communities: Report commissioned by Queensland Health, Cape York Health and Hospital Service, Newcastle and Cairns.
McCalman, J., Tsey, K. (2012). Discussion paper: The levels of evidence for health promotion tools for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Report for the Lowitja Institute Program 2, Cairns.
McCalman, J., McEwan, A., Tsey, K., and the project team. (2009). National Suicide Prevention Strategy project – Building Bridges report: Knowledge sharing between men’s groups and the Family Well Being Empowerment Program: Their role in community-based suicide prevention strategies. May 2009, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University, Cairns.
McCalman, J. (2009). Family empowerment towards sustainable desert settlements: The Family Wellbeing Empowerment Program in Alice Springs. The Working Paper Series 68. http://www.nintione.com.au/publication/dkcrc-0677.
McCalman, J., Tsey, K., Baird, L., Baird, B. (2008). “Dancing back our spiritual identity”: Evaluation of the Yaba Bimbie cultural dance troupe project, Yarrabah, 2006 – 2007, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University, Cairns.
McCalman, J., Tsey, K., Jackson, R., Connolly, B., Baird, B., Costello, C., Bulmer, M. (March 2008). Yarrabah Family Violence Report, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University, Cairns.
McCalman, J., Tsey, K., Wenitong, M., Whiteside, M., Haswell, M., Cadet James, Y., Wilson, A. (2006). A literature review for Indigenous Men’s Groups. School of Indigenous Australian Studies and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, January 2006, Cairns.
McCalman, J., Tsey, K., Wenitong, M., Ahkee, D., Jia, A., Ambrum, D., Wilson, A. (June 2006). Doing good things for men: Ma’Ddaimba Balas Indigenous men’s group evaluation report. 2004-05, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University, Cairns.
McCalman, J., Tsey, K., Wenitong, M., Patterson, D., Baird, B., Warta, D., Wilson, A. (August 2006). “No more bandaid solution”: Yaba Bimbie Indigenous men’s support group evaluation report. January 2004 - June 2005, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, James Cook University, Cairns.
OTHER COMMISSIONED WORKS – PEER-REVIEWED
Bainbridge, R., McCalman, J., Tsey, K. (2014) Improving Indigenous Australian governance: the how and what of capacity strengthening. International Society for Third Sector Research, Eleventh International Conference Working Papers Series, www.istr.org. Bainbridge, R., McCalman, J., Clifford A. & Tsey, K. (2014). Cultural competency approaches in the delivery of health services for Indigenous people (Issues Paper). Closing the Gap Clearinghouse.
McCalman, J., Bainbridge, R., Tsey, K., & Brands, J. (2014). Applying what works: The effective implementation of Indigenous health services and programs (Resource Sheet). Closing the Gap Clearinghouse.
Tsey, K., McCalman, J., Bainbridge, R., & Brown, C. (2012). Improving Indigenous community governance through strengthening Indigenous and government organisational capacity (Resource Sheet). (10). From Closing the Gap Clearinghouse, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services

At the level of Principal Supervisor


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