Torres Strait Islander Researcher's Community of Practice.

8 February 2018

In 2017, a group of Torres Strait Islander researchers were successful in obtaining funding from the Lowitja Institute, through James Cook University, for a research project,  Meriba buay – ngalpan wakaythoemamay (We come together to share our thinking):  Evaluating a Community of Practice for Torres Strait Islander Health and Well-being. A key element of the project is the establishment of the first Torres Strait Islander researcher’s community of practice (CoP).  
Our CoP of Torres Strait Islander researchers share a passion for the empowerment of Torres Strait Islander people to shape their own futures. The CoP hopes to achieve this goal by making research knowledge about the social determinants of health more accessible through knowledge translation mechanisms to Torres Strait Islander people.  Following the first meeting at the James Cook University campus in Cairns in early February of this year the CoP is now working towards holding 2 community Knowledge Translation events (KT events) later in the year in Cairns and Thursday Island. The goal of the KT events are to enhance social capital through the translation of knowledge about adaptability and resilience initiatives and strategies to address natural environment concerns relating to Torres Strait Islander people.
If you would like to know more about the project or our Community of Practice please contact Al Harvey on 07 3365 2098.
Photo Details (Courtesy of James Cook University)

Front L-R: Dr Felecia Watkin-Lui, Professor Martin Nakata, Professor Yvonne Cadet-James, Dr Sanchia Shibasaki.
Back L-R: Dr Cass Hunter, Dr Daniel Grainger, Dr Vinnitta Mosby, Dr Sean Taylor, Mr Alistair Harvey, Ms Juanita Sellwood, Dr Bev Sibthorpe, Ms Lynda Ah Mat, and Ms Margaret Harvey.