Current research projects

Indigenous health studies

  • Development of an Indigenous suicide prevention training program
  • Use of social network analysis as an evaluation tool, including determining the effectiveness of an App to support suicide interventions
  • Validation of a structured clinical tool (SCID-I) to determine the prevalence of Indigenous mental disorders
  • Development of immunisation scheduling programs for Indigenous children (<5)
  • Development of otitis media vaccinations for Indigenous populations
  • Developing a quality of life tool to measure wellbeing of Indigenous parents/caregivers and youth
  • Determining the incidence of acute respiratory infections in Indigenous children and evaluating early intervention for chronic cough in Indigenous children

Researcher biography

Dr. Toombs is the Director of Indigenous Health, within the Rural Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Toombs holds a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and leads two NHMRC project grants. She has a strong focus on mental health amongst Indigenous Australians and exploring the interface between Indigenous and Western research methodologies. Her expertise is in Indigenous Mental health and suicide prevention. Dr Toombs is the chair of Carbal Aboriginal Medical Services, a leading health facilities servicing the Darling Downs region. Dr. Toombs sits on a number of national and international committees. Her current role, in addition to research, includes curriculum development. Dr. Toombs has >20 years' experience in teaching and developing curriculum with an Indigenous perspective and has published a text book, Indigenous Health perspectives: The wombat in the room', which widely used in Medical and Health Faculties across Australia. Dr. Toombs is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship (2011) that focused on working with Universities in Canada to improve retention rates for Indigenous Students.