Industry links and grants
Collaboration and engagement
Engaging with the wider community and industry is critical to the work of Girra Maa, which has a collective approach to education and research. This means we collaborate with Indigenous community members, healthcare professionals and peak bodies in our work.
We actively participate in Indigenous community organisations and events to honour meaningful relationships within the community and to ensure our work is grounded in our communities’ ways of knowing being and doing. Relationships and connection form the foundation of all our work at Graduate School of Health. Within UTS, GSH Indigenous Health learning and teaching is informed by the leadership of the Centre for Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK) and Jumbunna Institute for Education and Research.
Within Graduate School of Health, Girra Maa staff participate in the 100 Broadway Primary Health Clinic Committee, Learning and Teaching Committee, Research and Innovation Committee, Social Committee and Equity and Diversity Committee.
Bila Muuji Partnership 2018-2019: Aboriginal health research capacity building project
A partnership between Girra Maa and Bila Muuji Aboriginal Corporation Health Services Incorporated resulted in the establishment of a new research position. Josie Newton, employed by GSH as an Aboriginal Health Research Associate for 12 months full time, has based herself at Bila Muuji on Wiradjuri Country in Dubbo.
Bila Muuji, meaning ‘river friends’ in Wiradjuri language, was formed in 1995 as a strategic approach to support to Aboriginal health service CEOs in rural and remote NSW. The CEOs identified how a regional body could address shared issues impacting the health and social needs of Aboriginal communities, and that a unified voice in western NSW would be strengthened through the development of Bila Muuji. Bila Muuji members include Aboriginal community-controlled health services from across western NSW.
The research capacity building project will help gather success stories about Aboriginal community-controlled-health service delivery. The partnership project includes the vision to develop resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and services to make decisions about research, to guide research partnerships, map and report on research, and inspire more ethical, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led research in the future.
As part of this partnership role, Josie was nominated for and won the ‘Emerging Health Researcher’ award at the Western NSW Health Research Network Symposium in Dubbo NSW on 19 June 2019.
Megan Williams, Honorary Appointment
Chair, Human Ethics Review Committee, Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Service, NSW Ministry of Health Associate Editor, Health Sociology Review Board Member, Croakey Health Media Research Advisory Panel, First Peoples Disability Network
Secretary Parramatta Interagency
CEO Mibbinbah Spirit Healing Health Promotion Charity
Dr Mark Ragg
Honorary Fellow, Director of Ragg & Co