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The emphasis of the national research program of First 1000 Days Australia is on the generation of evidence that has immediate use by First 1000 Days Alliance sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families and family outcomes. This requires a research program with an operational and implementation focus that adheres to Indigenous methodologies and knowledge generation, and a recognition of the centrality of culture that both reinforces and strengthens families, and uses a holistic view of health and wellbeing.

Responding to the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Aspirations of Our Families Project PhD Scholarship and Stipend

Background

First 1000 Days Australia (F1000DA) has established an ambitious research program that intersects with engagement, implementation science, and epidemiology.  A co-designed household survey is currently underway among five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia capturing family aspirations and wellbeing measures. The resulting databank with participant and regionally specific data provides prospective data of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families on their aspirations, wellbeing and family contexts. The information collected from the households is not only used by regionally based services to inform their activities but also builds a cohort of families that will be followed-up over time.

This PhD project is a mixed methods research project aimed to evaluate the impact of the regionally tailored responses on the health and the cultural and spiritual, social and emotional, wellbeing (SEWB) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their parents/care-givers.

This is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identified position. 

More than a Landlord is a pilot project for a household-level survey developed in partnership with Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV) for clients living in Aboriginal housing in an urban community in Victoria.

The First 1000 Days Australia – Multigenerational Family Environment Study is an Indigenous-led prospective study exploring specific exposures in the family environment, early years and service provision, and the outcomes for families and their children over time. The initial emphasis of the First 1000 Days Australia – Multigenerational Family Environment Study is to generate evidence that has immediate use for First 1000 Days Australia Alliance Sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families, and family outcomes incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, worldviews and lifeways. 

The aim of this research project is to conduct a systematic review of Australian and international pre-birth/birth cohort protocol methods of implementation, initiation and recruitment to inform the First 1000 Days Australia Multigenerational Family Environment Study.

This project aims to evaluate the implementation of a coordinated, community-based approach to service engagement, conceived of and led by Indigenous people, designed to foster resilience, leadership and innovation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families by focusing service systems on the early period of child development, from preconception to the age of two: the First 1000 Days Australia. Although understanding how this new approach translates to improved outcomes for families and children is of vital importance, our primary interest in this project is on implementation outcomes – the effective diffusion of this innovation into practice.

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