Current Research Projects

Winnunga actively engages in research. Some projects are initiated by Winnunga and others are led by external academic researchers. Winnunga also provides opportunities for medical students and registrars to undertake research projects to develop research skills and help answer research questions of importance to Winnunga.

Completed Research

The following research projects have been published about Winnunga:

Increasing Pap smear rates at an urban Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service through translational research and continuous quality improvement.
Dorrington M, Herceg A, Douglas K, Tongs J, Bookallil M.
Australian Journal of Primary Health 2015; 21(4): 417-422

Diabetes clinic attendance improves diabetes management in an urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
Chung F, Herceg A, Bookallil M.
Australian Family Physician 2014; 43:797-802

Positive impact of a long-running urban Aboriginal medical service midwifery program.
Wong R, Herceg A, Patterson C, Freebairn L, Baker A, Sharp P, Pinnington P, Tongs J.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2011; 51(6):518-22

Starting a perinatal and infant mental health service at Winnunga Nimmityjah.
Adams E, Tongs J.
Australasian Psychiatry 2011; 19 Supplement 1:S20-2

We’re Struggling in Here! The Phase 2 Study into the Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the ACT Alexander Maconochie Centre and the Needs of their Families.
Poroch N.
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, 2011

Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza in an urban Aboriginal medical service.
Herceg A, Sharp PG, Arthur CG, Tongs JA.
Medical Journal of Australia 2010; 192 (10): 623

Health service attendance patterns in an urban Aboriginal health service.
Flegg KM, Phillips CB, Collins AL, Sharp PG, Kanagasundaram M, Lovett RW, Kljakovic M.
Medical Journal of Australia 2010; 193 (3): 146-148

Spirituality and Aboriginal People’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing: A Review.
Poroch N, Arabena K, Tongs J, Larkin S, Fisher J, Henderson G.
Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health 2009. Discussion Paper No. 11.

The experience of one Aboriginal community controlled health service in achieving quality improvement through accreditation.
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, 2008

An evaluation of opioid replacement pharmacotherapy in an urban Aboriginal Health Service
Black A, Khan S, Brown R, Sharp P, Chatfield H, McGuiness C.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2007; 31:428-32

You Do The Crime, You Do The Time. Best Practice Model of Holistic Health Service Delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Inmates of the Act Prison.
Poroch N.
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, 2007

“I want to be heard”. An analysis of needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander illegal drug users in the ACT and region for treatment and other services.
Dance P, Tongs J, Guthrie J, McDonald D, D’Souza R, Cubillo C, Bammer G.
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, 2004