Bringing our voices into the research world: lessons from the Kanyini Vascular Collaboration

Ricky A Mentha, Joanne de Vries, Pamela R Simon, Barry N Fewquandie, John Brady and Suzanne Ingram
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (1): 55-56. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10640

A group of Indigenous Research Fellows describe the lessons learnt from their involvement in Indigenous health research

We are a group of Indigenous Research Fellows (IRFs) involved in the Kanyini Qualitative Study (KQS), examining barriers and enablers to chronic disease care for Indigenous Australians. The KQS forms part of the Kanyini Vascular Collaboration (KVC), a health services research program established to reduce the burden and suffering of chronic disease (

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  • Ricky A Mentha1
  • Joanne de Vries2
  • Pamela R Simon3
  • Barry N Fewquandie2
  • John Brady4
  • Suzanne Ingram5

  • 1 Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Alice Springs, NT.
  • 2 Wuchopperen Health Service, Cairns, QLD.
  • 3 Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation Aboriginal Medical Service, Sydney, NSW.
  • 4 Inala Indigenous Health Service, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 5 The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, NSW.


We thank the rest of the KQS team: chief investigators Alex Brown and Alan Cass, and senior researchers Bernadette Rickards, Hueiming Lui, David Peiris and Samantha Togni. The team has been generously supported by Jeannie Devitt and Valmai McDonald. This work was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (402797).

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

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