Rural and remote health research at WMR seeks to understand and monitor the health factors, health status and outcomes, and health services in regional populations. These populations are diverse and encompass a range of communities such as mining, farming, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. By conducting high quality research aimed at increasing our understanding of health factors and the most effective strategies for supporting health advancements in regional areas, we can inform improvements on health outcomes for rural and remote Australians.
Theme Leader: Dr Tamara Street
- Data collection from regional WA and QLD corporate offices of Aurizon took place between September and November 2016 as part of the research partnership with Aurizon to empower and support their employees’ engagement in healthy life choices.
- Preliminary research findings from the research project sponsored by Aurizon were presented at the Australian Psychological Society Congress in September 2016.
- Researchers who have assessed the health needs of three regional Queensland communities (Western Downs, Maranoa & Gladstone) are collating a report recommending appropriate action strategies to improve wellbeing in regional Queensland populations.
Current Research Projects
- Identifying leading health risk factors and how to empower employees to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviour changes [Chief Investigator: Dr Tamara Street]
- Improving Health and Wellbeing in Regional Queensland [Chief Investigator: Ms Louise Baldwin]
- Effects of motivational coaching on outcomes of an online program for type 2 diabetes – OnTrack Diabetes [Chief Investigator: Ms Sophie Parham]
– Ms Louise Baldwin
– Ms Sophie Parham