A Series of Community-Driven Research Capacity-Strengthening Workshops in the Torres Strait

There have been a series of community-driven research capacity-strengthening workshops that have taken place in the Torres Strait in 2019. 2020 will also feature another three community-driven research workshops. Dates below.

At the Hot North Conference on Thursday Island in July 2018 many participants expressed the view that it was time for a local research capacity-building program for Torres Strait and NPA researchers, and people interested in research. This message was amplified at the opening of the Thursday Island Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Research (AITHM) building in November when there was an accompanying afternoon workshop “Approaching a Community-Driven Research Agenda”. This initiative is the response. It has the support of the Torres Strait Health Sciences Research Subcommittee, the AITHM and Queensland Health.

Community-Driven Research Capacity-Building 2019 aims to promote community-driven and community-owned research through local capacity-strengthening. The intention is to foster home-grown research skills; as such, the workshops aim to have each participant achieve a research output by the end of the year. It was a surprise when so many people expressed an interest to participate; three times the expected number. As such, the initiative is likely to contribute to formation of a local nucleus of increasingly adept researchers. This is a long-term investment in the research capability of the region and health of the people. We’re careful not to call this a project; projects come to an end. This is a beginning.

The workshops will avoid didactic teaching and opt for a learn-by-doing, adopting a small working-group approach. Between workshops, Malcolm McDonald, Luisa Roeder [Research Support Officer] and the Workshop Consultative Group will be available by email/SMS to provide support for researchers developing proposals and other related activities.

Quality assessment: There will be built-in feedback from participants, with an anonymous survey at the end of each workshop. The Workshop Consultative Group will also keep a close eye on progress and intervene to change direction as required.


2020 *please note these dates were updated 19 Dec 2019

March 5-6: Consolidation Workshop [working with current projects and birthing new ones]

*June 18-19: Presenting at Meetings [hands-on, safe and a bit silly]

*September 24-25: How to Write a Paper, Report and Other Stuff [we help you write!]


February 21 -22: Asking the right questions (Completed)

May 16 – 17: Ways to address the questions in an ethical and cultural context (Completed)

August 15 – 16: Collecting and handling the information (Completed)

November 14 – 15: What to do with the results (Completed)

  • 16 May 2019
    31 Dec 2020
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