Capacity Strengthening



The CREATE capacity strengthening initiative is focused on building the capacity of individuals working within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary health care sector. The program is designed to develop skills in the understanding of the collection and use of  data from their own health services and other research activities. The CREATE capacity strengthening program is aimed at addressing the  priorities of the Community controlled Primary health care sector.

The CREATE capacity strengthening program:

  • Offers a Research Master Classes and an Evaluation Master Class to interested individuals working within Aboriginal health services, NACCHO and its Affiliates. These Master Classes are designed  to increase the awareness of how research can assist to improve health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and also how to work with researchers in order to ensure that the needs of healthcare services are met.
  • Works closely with the CREATE Leadership Group and other sector representatives to develop and deliver a set of tailored training programs that will include:
    • Evaluation – How to gather and analyse data to evaluate services provided for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Aboriginal Medical Service setting;
    • Evidence utilisation – How to use evidence based audit to assess and enhance care  provided for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by Primary health care services; and
    • Evidence synthesis – How to gather, appraise and summarise evidence relating to chronic disease prevalence and management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and use it to change practice and/or policy.
    • Seminar series, including webinars, co-presented with the Aboriginal health sector on priority topics.
  • Offers scholarships and research support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Masters and PhD students conducting research that aligns to CREATE priorities.

For further information regarding the CREATE Capacity Strengthening Program or related activities, please contact Dr Carol Davy at


Opportunity 1 – Research Master Classes

The aim of the Research Master Classes is to strengthen the capacity of those working within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector, in order to ensure that research contributes to improving health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The three face-to-face, two-day-long Master Classes that are available in 2016 are Understanding Research, Undertaking Research and Evaluation.

Understanding Research Master Class
The Understanding Research Master Class is not only designed  increase the awareness of how research can assist to improve health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples but also about how to work with researchers in order to ensure that the needs of health care services are met. In particular, participants will gain a basic understanding of:

  • research concepts and terminology,
  • how research can help improve health services,
  • how to find and assess existing evidence,
  • what to consider when commissioning a new study; and
  • how to ensure that research findings make a practical difference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Undertaking Research Master Class
The Undertaking Research Master Class is also designed to increase the awareness of individuals about the use of research to improve health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In particular, this Master Class is also focused on providing participants with a basic understanding of how they can develop their own research project in order to improve the quality of health care and patient safety for Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples, and in doing so to gain a basic understanding of how to:

  • develop a research question,
  • develop a research proposal,
  • develop an ethics application,
  • conduct research ethically; and
  • translate findings into practice.

Please note: The Understanding Research course has been accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.  Medical practitioners who attend the Master Class and complete a short pre- and post- exercise can apply to receive professional development points.

Evaluation Master Class
The Evaluation Master Class focuses on using evaluation as a tool for assessing and then improving health care services and programs.  Participants in the Evaluation Master Class will gain a basic understanding of:

  • benefits that arise from and the pitfalls to avoid while evaluating health care services and programs;
  • what to consider when selecting an evaluation design;
  • how to develop an evaluation plan; and
  • how to undertake an evaluation and ensure that the findings are used.

Common features of all Research Master Classes

  • These Master Classes are presented by senior researchers.
  • Participants will receive a comprehensive Study Guide with links to further resources.
  • Ongoing mentoring support will be available for those who wish to undertake research.

Please email Dr Carol Davy for more information:




CALL FOR APPLICANTS: The Joanna Briggs Institute CREATE Fellowships 2017 (current courses are full details on forth coming course will be available shortly)


The Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange (CREATE) focuses on translating research to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with particular focus on the prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases. The Centre is a collaborative enterprise involving a number of partners including The Joanna Briggs Institute, University of Adelaide (JBI) (

The Joanna Briggs Institute is an international not-for-profit, research and development centre at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. The Institute promotes and supports the synthesis, transfer and utilization of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective healthcare practices. One of the ways in which this is achieved is through the provision of education services including JBI Evidence-Based Fellowships programs for healthcare professionals.

We are pleased to announce that The Joanna Briggs Foundation ( the fund raising arm of JBI, is offering a number scholarships to support Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people working within the Aboriginal Health Sector to undertake a CREATE Fellowship. The Fellowship is a six-month work place, evidence-based, implementation program involving 2 x five-day intensive training workshops that include joining with other health professionals from a variety of settings, including indigenous settings, at the Joanna Briggs Institute in Adelaide. The Fellowship also involves conducting a work place evidence implementation project supported by senior academics in the intervening months. These scholarships include not only the university fees but also costs associated with travelling to and from Adelaide.

CREATE Fellowship

To be eligible to apply for these scholarships, applicants must be currently working in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service. Applicants will also need to identify a topic of interest in an area in which they would like to conduct either a clinical or service delivery baseline audit, implement evidence based strategies, and then conduct a follow-up audit aimed at assessing outcomes.

The CREATE Fellowship offers participants an opportunity to learn how to:

  • develop and engage in processes to further develop their leadership skills and strengths;
  • discuss and describe the effectiveness of current approaches to the implementation of clinical or service delivery evidence based practice;
  • critique current evidence implementation strategies;
  • act as an agent of change, conduct audits and develop and implement strategies to implement clinical or service delivery evidence based practice, and
  • prepare a publication for submission to a peer reviewed journal.

It is hoped that by undertaking this course, participants will have the skills and knowledge to improve health outcomes in their regions and to lead others in this important area of health improvement. During the workshop there will be opportunities to meet with other CREATE Research Fellows, so you can build your networks and find out about other CREATE projects.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered for the scholarship for the Fellowship, applicants must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people working in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service. Applicants must also possess good English skills (spoken and written), and be prepared to give presentations regarding their project.


This scholarship will cover travel to and from Adelaide for both the first and second weeks of the Fellowship, the provision of meals and accommodation in Adelaide, and any course fees.


The Fellowship programs for 2017 are:

Intake Week 1 Week 2 Enrol by
March 2017 March 6th-10th August 28th – September 1st February 6th
May 2017 May 1st – 5th October 9th – 13th March 31st
June 2017 June 26th– 30th December 4th– 8th May 29th


How to apply:

To apply, please contact  You will be required to complete an application form including your resume and a letter of support for undertaking the project from your employer. This letter of support should be completed by your direct line manager whose support will be required to complete the program. The letter of support should state that your organisation will provide you with:

  • Leave for the period of training in Adelaide plus travel time
  • Provide a minimum of three (3) hours per week for the applicant to conduct their project for twenty (20) weeks; and
  • Provide support for the Fellow in the workplace both during and at the conclusion of the program to allow the Fellow to share and implement knowledge gained during the Fellowship program.

More information:

If you would like further information on or would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact the CREATE Program Administrator Ms Karen Laverty ph: 08 8128 4251 or email:

Last updated on June 30th, 2017 at 11:43 am