We are seeking two suitable candidates to fulfil the following positions (click the link for more information):

Aboriginality is a genuine occupational requirement under Section 50d of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1984. The successful applicant may be required to produce evidence affirming their Aboriginality.



Project status


Ethics approval

Ethics application documentation is being developed.

Chief investigators and project staff

Dr Roanna Lobo (Curtin University), Dr Gemma Crawford (Curtin University), Ms Jude Bevan (WA Department of Health), Ms Francine Eades (Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control), Dr Jacqui Hendriks (Curtin University), Prof Rosa Alati (Curtin University), Prof Sandra Eades (Curtin University), Dr Richelle Douglas (Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service).

Project Coordinator: Dr Kahlia McCausland (Curtin University), Project Officer: Ms Erin Johnston (Curtin University).

Collaboration and partner organisations

  • Aboriginal Health Council of WA
  • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Edith Cowan University
  • Curtin University Medical School
  • Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service
  • HepatitisWA
  • Kulunga Aboriginal Unit, Telethon Kids Institute
  • Notre Dame University
  • Peer Based Harm reduction WA
  • Royal Perth Hospital
  • WA AIDS Council
  • Western Australian Department of Health, Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program
  • Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies
  • Wungening Aboriginal Corporation

Brief overview 

A strengths-based participatory action research (PAR) framework will be employed to increase Aboriginal consumers’ access to needle and syringe programs (NSPs) to reduce the harm associated with illicit drugs due to unsafe injecting behaviours. A comprehensive suite of five Aboriginal consumer-led and co-designed interventions will be trialled incorporating educational, environmental, behavioural, and policy strategies. Interventions will develop a community education and awareness campaign about harm reduction service availability and purpose; a peer referral program for accessing NSPs and health promotion activities; a framework for a holistic service model incorporating NSPs; increased cultural security of NSPs; and increased service availability for Aboriginal consumers. An Aboriginal Advisory Group and Co-design Working Group established during Healthway exploratory research (see project: Increasing Aboriginal Peoples' Use of Services that Reduce Harm from Illicit Drugs) will guide project activities.


This research is supported by funding from a Healthway Health Promotion Intervention Research Grant.


Dr Kahlia McCausland, Project Coordinator,, 08 9266 7382.