NACCHO Aboriginal Health #SaveaDate : What would it take to address Family Violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities?

Study Question: What would it take to address Family Violence in Aboridginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities?

The Australian National University is seeking partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to conduct research to find out what communities need to promote and improve safety for families.  We want to partner and work with local organisations and communities to make sure the research benefits the community.

Who are we?

We work at the Australian National University (ANU).  The study is led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers.  Professor Victoria Hovane (Ngarluma, Malgnin/Kitja, Gooniyandi), along with Associate Professor Raymond Lovett (Wongaibon, Ngiyampaa) and Dr Jill Guthrie (Wiradjuri) from NCEPH, and Professor Matthew Gray of the Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) at ANU will be leading the study.

 Study Question:  What would it take to address Family Violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities?

 How are we going to gather information to answer the study question?

A Community Researcher (who we would give funds to employ) would capture the data by interviewing 100 community members, running 3 focus groups for Men /  Women / Youth (over 16).  We would interview approx. 5 community members to hear about the story in your community.

We know Family Violence happens in all communities.  We don’t want to find out the prevalence, we want to know what your communities needs to feel safe. We will also be mapping the services in your community, facilities and resources available in a community.  All this information will be given back to your community.

What support would we provide your service?

We are able to support your organisation up to $40,000 (including funds for $30 vouchers), this would also help to employ a Community Researcher.

Community participants would be provided with a $30 voucher to complete a survey, another $30 for the focus group, and another $30 for the interview for their time.

 What will we give your organisation?

We can give you back all the data that we have captured from your community, (DE identified and confidentialised of course). We can give you the data in any form you like, plus create a Community Report for your community.  There might be some questions you would like to ask your community, and we can include them in the survey.

 How long would we be involved with your community / organisation?

Approximately 2 months

How safe is the data we collect?

The data is safe. It will be DE identified and Confidentialised.  Our final report will reflect what Communities (up to 20) took part in the study, but your data and community will be kept secret.  Meaning, no one will know what data came from your community.

Application close April 27

If you think this study would be of benefit to your community, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Victoria Hovane, or the teamon 1300 531 600 or email

Part 2 Re: Survey – Have your say on the national Key Performance Indicators

Summer May Finlay is currently undertaking a PhD on the impact of the national Key Performance Indicators on the ACCHO sector titled: Defining our own outcomes.

Summer is interested in your views about the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) national Key Performance Indicators (nKPIs) and how these work in your organisation. 

To understand what is happening at ACCHOs across the country, she is asking staff who play a role in collecting, reporting or using nKPI data to complete a survey. 

The survey will only take about 10 minutes and no person or organisation will be identified in any reporting. 

Here is the link to the survey:

Please feel free to send this email to your staff. The survey will close on the 31st of March.

Attached is the participant information sheet for more information about the research project and the survey.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.

Download HERE Survey Participant Information Sheet

Summer May Finlay BSocSc MPHA

PhD Candidate (Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, Centre for Population Health Research, within School of Health Sciences University of South Australia)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Group Co-Convener (Public Health Association of Health)

Co-vice chair Indigenous Working Group (World Federation of Public Health Associations)

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