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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. 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 main objective of SEARCH is to obtain detailed descriptions of the health of Aboriginal infants, children, adolescents, and families in these 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, and a prospective longitudinal cohort study of the 800 families over 5-20 years.
The SEARCH program aims to:
- describe and investigate the causes of health and illness in Aboriginal children with a focus on healthy environments and selected child health problems by:
- 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
- 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.
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.
Abstract adapted from Sax Institute and Centre for Kidney Research
Professor Jonathon Craig
Head, Clinical Research
School of Public Health
University of Sydney
Ph: (02) 9845 3431
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
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
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
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
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
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