Poche Seed Funding

The UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Research Collaboration Seeding Grant scheme is designed to promote targeted research projects and encourage collaboration between researchers across UQ and the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (UQ’s external collaborator in the Poche Centre). 

The intent is to fund research which supports the objectives of the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. The research must involve collaboration between UQ researchers and the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in one of the following themes:

  • maternal and child health (Mum and Bubs);
  • young people and adolescents (Healthy Transition to Adulthood);
  • adults and older people (Health Living, Healthy Ageing).

The research must be sector driven i.e. responds to a gap or need in Indigenous health as identified in collaboration with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health. The focus of the research activity should be translational research on improving models of health service delivery to urban Indigenous people, with an emphasis on prevention, in one or more of three key transitions in the life cycle outlined above.

Current projects

The following projects have been funded through the 2020 round:

Chief Investigator School / Institute Project Title
Jodie Copley School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Goal setting and outcome measurement in health service delivery for urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - what makes it real?
Linda Selvey School of Public Health  Overcoming Barriers to Accessing Hepatitis C Direct Acting Antiviral (DAA) Treatment in Primary Care: A Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approach
Mark Western Institute for Social Sciences Research Exploring the feasibility of predictive risk modelling to support home support prioritisation for people with high risk chronic conditions

Previous projects

The Poche Centre has previously granted seed funding for following research projects:

Indigenous Community Health: A scoping study

This study represents an exciting opportunity to support the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) in developing its evidence base on IUIH service effectiveness in relation to urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing outcomes.

IUIH currently collects a range of clinical and program data on service use, user outcomes, and staff input; data which could further support IUIH in its mission to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health outcomes. The aim of this scoping study is to investigate the potential of IUIH’s datasets and whether they can be used or adapted to develop a robust baseline of urban Indigenous health and wellbeing and to rigorously evaluate the collective and individual service impact of IUIH on Indigenous health and wellbeing outcomes over the life course. During our study, we will identify priority issues to explore in future research phases and develop research frameworks to guide this work.

Chief Investigator: Dr Michele Haynes (Institute for Social Sciences Research)

Work It Out: Chronic Disease Self Management and Rehabilitation - Evaluation

Work It Out is a free education and exercise program delivered by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) and designed specifically for urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with, or at risk of, a chronic disease. The project investigated client experiences and outcomes of the Work It Out chronic disease self-management and rehabilitation program, taking a mixed methods approach to service evaluation and applied research.

Chief Investigator: Dr Emma Crawford (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences)


Hu, JieBasit, TabindaNelson, AlisonCrawford, Emma and Turner, Lyle (2019) Does attending Work It Out -a chronic disease self-management program-affect the use of other health services by urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with or at risk of chronic disease? A comparison between program participants and non-participantsAustralian Journal of Primary Health, . doi:10.1071/PY18089

Conference presentations

Crawford, E. (18 June, 2018). A comparison between Work It Out chronic disease program participants’ and non-participants’ services use. Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation, Montreal, Canada.

Hu, J., Basit, T., Nelson, A., Crawford, E., Turner, L. (1 August, 2018). Enhanced primary health care services use among Work It Out participants. Primary Health Care Research Conference, Melbourne Australia.

Closing the Gap in Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA)

The rate at which Indigenous Australians discharge against medical advice (DAMA) nationally is almost eight times that of the rate at which non-Indigenous Austalians DAMA. Despite being identified as a national policy priority by the Council of Australian Governments in 2008, DAMA rates continue to climb.

The purpose of this service innovation is to reduce rates of discharge against medical advice (DAMA) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (A&TSI) patients of MNHHS by improving DAMA risk assessment and management practices. The data from the scoping phase of this project (Maguire, 2016c) indicates the DAMA cohort is a subset of vulnerable patients with complex needs. 

This project was funded by cash and in-kind support from Metro North Health and Hospital Service, CBEH, UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and Department of Health (Queensland).

Chief investigator: Professor Luke Connelly (Centre for the Business and Economics of Health)

Data mining and analysis for specific health programs

This project will mine for specific data for the analysis of particular programs running in IUIH, allowing critical decisions to be made regarding their management. The work will extend the CTG modelling methodology developed by IUIH in association with Dr Steve Begg in 2012 to extract time-series clinical data from clinics under the IUIH umbrella and convert this information to changes in clinical risk for those outcomes most associated with the health gap.

Chief investigator:​ A/Prof Peter Hill (UQ School of Public Health)

Evaluating outcomes of a therapy program for Indigenous children using Australian Therapy Outcome Measure for Indigenous Clients

The UQ Health and Rehabilitation clinics and IUIH have, in partnership, delivered culturally responsive interprofessional occupational therapy and speech pathology services to children in South East Qld for many years. The Australian Therapy Outcome Measure for Indigenous Clients (ATOMIC) has been developed and piloted with 18 children receiving therapy at a community controlled Indigenous school.  This project seeks to use the ATOMIC more broadly to evaluate educational outcomes of the IUIH children’s therapy program across South East Queensland.

Chief Investigator: A/Prof Jodie Copley (UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences)

Developing a Demographic and Health Services Profile

This project will provide epidemiological and statistical expertise to the Institute to make available demographic, health service and epidemiological data and analysis for use in planning and monitoring processes in the clinics and collectively in the region.

Using data from IUIH’s clinics and client profiles the project will identify gaps in coverage:

  • by specific local government area
  • by gender and stratified age groups
  • by specific gender and age strata linked to programs offered by the clinics—eg under-fives, immunization programs, shared antenatal and post-natal care, sexual health programs, chronic disease plans etc. 
  • by specific programs and projected targets.

Chief investigator:​ A/Prof Peter Hill (UQ School of Public Health)