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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:

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:

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

Related publications

Larkins N, Teixeira-Pinto A, Banks E, Gunasekera H, Cass A, Kearnes J, Craig JC (2017)

Blood pressure among Australian Aboriginal children.

Journal of Hypertension; 35(9): 1801-1807

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

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

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


Last updated: 12 July 2017
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