Literacy program effects on wellbeing outcomes in Aboriginal adults

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The project will investigate the impacts of a literacy campaign on the everyday lives of Aboriginal participants, their families and communities in remote NSW communities. Outcomes to be evaluated include: changes in health status and health service utilisation; further education and training; employment; income; housing; family and partner relations; contacts with the criminal justice system; engagement with children’s education; involvement in community organisations and events. The study will evaluate these outcomes with a view to developing a new theoretical and methodological approach for understanding how Indigenous adult literacy may operate as a social determinant of Indigenous health and wellbeing.

An ideal candidate would have a background in literacy, health or public health; and experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, or be of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. The candidate will be required to have some experience in conducting quantitative research or basic statistical analysis; an ability to use SAS would be advantageous. The candidate will undergo further training and development of quantitative research skills.

This project may require some fieldwork in remote NSW communities (Boggabilla, Brewarrina, Bourke, Enngonia, Toomelah, Wilcannia, and Walgett) with Aboriginal populations so a culturally sensitive candidate who can work independently and as part of a team is required. It is expected that the scholarship holder will assist with the analysis of data from individual surveys and data derived from data linkage to assess effects of the adult literacy intervention; attend and present findings at conferences; and publish papers based on their work in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Contribution to articles in scientific journals will be expected during candidature.

Supervisory team
Richard
Taylor

Medicine
Public Health & Community Medicine
Robert
Boughton

University of New England
School of Education
Sophia
Lin

Medicine
Public Health & Community Medicine
r.taylor@unsw.edu.au