The Discipline of General Practice has strong links with a number of Aboriginal Medical Services in South-East Queensland under the umbrella of the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health. Many academic GPs at the Centre work at the Inala Indigenous Health Service - a Queensland Health facility, the Gold Coast's AMS Kalwun and Brisbane's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS).

Research at the Inala Indigenous Health Service has focussed on the value of health checks in increasing access to preventive care in the Indigenous general practice setting. This has also led to a number of quantitative observational studies looking at childhood obesity, diabetic retinopathy screening, self-rated health, childhood stressful events and middle ear disease. We have conducted qualitative studies on smoking cessation and Noel Hayman's well known work on access to mainstream health services.

We expect the future will include further research collaboration with the Institute of Urban Indigenous Healthbuilding on qualitative work on health check uptake, expansion of diabetic retinopathy screening in primary care and involvement in a randomised controlled trial of antibiotics for otitis media.

Current projects

  • Acceptability and feasibility of electronic templates for analysing routinely collected clinical data in Indigenous primary care perspectives. (Primary contactDr Geoffrey SpurlingAssociate Professor Deborah Askew, Dr Chelsea Bond, Dr Philip Schluter)
  • The HOME support: case management for chronic disease. (Primary contactAssociate Professor Deborah Askew)
  • Acceptability and feasibility of electronic templates for analysing routinely collected clinical data in Indigenous primary care perspectives
  • Implementation of electronic templates in Indigenous primary healthcare
  • Indigenous child health checks: view from the city
  • Otis Media, urban versus remote Indigenous perspectives
  • The role of community jury in the ethical conduct of Indigenous research perspectives
  • Indigenous stressful life events in childhood perspectives (Project Contacts: Dr Geoffrey SpurlingDr Deborah Askew, Assoc Prof Noel Hayman)
  • Barriers and Enablers to Indigenous Health Checks- A Qualitative Interview Study (Funded by CTQSC. Project Contact: Dr Warren Jennings).
  • Cardiac rehabilitation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians  (Project Contact: Dr Rebecca Farley)
  • Indigenous antenatal care  (Project Contacts: Dr Clare Maher, Dr Geoffrey SpurlingDr Deborah Askew, Assoc Prof Noel Hayman).
  • Indigenous health checks; barriers and enablers in a community controlled health service (Project Contacts: Dr Geoffrey SpurlingDr Warren JenningsDr Deborah Askew, Assoc Prof Noel Hayman)
  • "It had to be my choice" - smoking cessation (Project Contacts: Dr Geoffrey Spurling, Assoc Prof Noel Hayman)

Contact us

For further information regarding our research, please contact Dr Geoff Spurling