CREATE Fellowship Program



CALL FOR APPLICANTS: The Joanna Briggs Institute CREATE Fellowships


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 Organisation. 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. We will schedule meetings 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.

Dates: 2020 dates to be announced.

How to apply:

To apply, please contact Karen Laverty to obtain an application form please include copy of 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 Manager Mrs Karen Laverty Ph: 08 8128 4251 or email:

Last updated on September 3rd, 2019 at 04:39 pm