Researcher investigates Indigenous health inequalities

A University of Queensland researcher has been awarded more than $1.5 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to work with Indigenous communities to help address health inequalities among Indigenous children and adolescents living in Australian cities.

Associate Professor Abdullah Mamun from the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health will lead a team in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in Brisbane and Darwin to co-develop a behavioural intervention program that can be embedded into existing models of care.

Indigenous children and adolescents living in cities are at higher risk of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and mental illness compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts and Indigenous youth who live in remote areas.

The program will develop culturally safe, responsive, and effective interventions to improve quality of life for Indigenous children and adolescents living in city environments.

The NHMRC scheme is enabled through the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), a collaboration of major international funding agencies focused on addressing non-communicable disease risks in vulnerable populations.