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Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH)
The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) is a major research program investigating the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children living in urban communities in New South Wales (NSW). The goal of the program is to help identify barriers to best practice primary care for urban Aboriginal children and to develop strategies to deal with these.
The research is a collaboration between the Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health (CRIAH) Steering Group (comprising the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and the Sax Institute), the NSW Department of Health, the University of Sydney and Aboriginal Medical Services across New South Wales.
SEARCH will obtain detailed descriptions of the health of Aboriginal infants, children, adolescents, and families in urban settings. Families will be recruited from Aboriginal Medical Services across NSW to participate in:
- a cross sectional study of 800 families in urban and large regional centres
- a prospective cohort study of the 800 families over 5 years
- a prospective cohort study of the 800 families over 20 years.
The research will also try to determine whether a community appointed health broker is an effective, sustainable agent for improving the environment and health of Aboriginal children and their families in:
- (i) a randomised trial focussed on otitis media
- (ii) a feasibility trial of housing improvement.
Phase 1 of data collection included more than 1,600 children from across four Aboriginal community controlled health services, including Awabakal, Tharawal, RivMed and Western Sydney. Phase 2 of data collection, the first follow up with the children, is on track and planned to be completed by early 2017.
Abstract adapted from Sax Institute and Centre for Kidney Research
Professor Jonathan Craig
Head, Clinical Research
School of Public Health
University of Sydney
Ph: (02) 9845 3431
Young C, Tong A, Sherriff S, Kalucy D, Fernando P, Muthayya S, Craig JC (2016)
Building better research partnerships by understanding how Aboriginal health communities perceive and use data: a semistructured interview study.
BMJ Open; 6: e010792
Retrieved 25 April 2016 from http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010792
Wright D, Gordon R, Carr D, Craig JC, Banks E, Muthayya S, Wutzke S, Eades SJ, Redman S (2016)
The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH): a long-term platform for closing the gap.
Public Health Research & Practice; 26(3): 1-6
Reed R, Williams S (2015)
The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH): preliminary findings.
Paper presented at the Primary Health Care Research Conference. 29-31 July 2015, Adelaide Convention Centre
Williamson A, Andersen M, Redman S, Dadds M, D'Este C, Daniels J, Eades S, Raphael B (2014)
Measuring mental health in Indigenous young people: a review of the literature from 1998-2008.
Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry; 19(2): 260-272
Williamson A, McElduff P, Dadds M, D'Este C, Redman S, Raphael B, Daniels J, Eades S (2014)
The construct validity of the strengths and difficulties questionnaire for Aboriginal children living in urban New South Wales, Australia.
Australian Psychologist; 49(3): 163-170
Comino EJ, Pulver LRJ, Knight JA (2011)
The health of urban Aboriginal people: insufficient data to close the gap [letter].
Medical Journal of Australia; 194(5): 270
Andersen M, Williamson A, Fernando P, Redman S, Vincent F (2011)
Talking housing and health in Western Sydney.
Paper presented at the Coalition for Research to Improve Aboriginal Health. 5-6 May 2011, Sydney
Williamson AB, Raphael B, Redman S, Daniels J, Eades SJ, Mayers N (2010)
Emerging themes in Aboriginal child and adolescent mental health: findings from a qualitative study in Sydney, New South Wales.
Medical Journal of Australia; 192(10): 603-605
The SEARCH Investigators (2010)
The study of environment on Aboriginal resilience and child health (SEARCH): study protocol.
BMC Public Health; (10): 287
Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-287.pdf
Williamson A, Redman S, Dadds M, Daniels J, D ’ Este C, Raphael B, Eades S, Skinner T (2010)
Acceptability of an emotional and behavioural screening tool for children in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in urban NSW.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry; 44(10): 894–900
Eades SJ, Taylor B, Bailey S, Williamson AB, Craig JC, Redman S (2010)
The health of urban Aboriginal people: insufficient data to close the gap.
Medical Journal of Australia; 193(9): 521-524
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