Terry Dunbar

Bachelor of Business, Master of Professional Education and Training (Research), PhD candidate

ACIKE Director, Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

Ms Terry Dunbar completed a Bachelor of Business Degree and Master of Professional Education and Training (Research) in 1993 and 2004 respectively.

She is currently completing her PhD candidature investigating the antecedent determinants of Aboriginal birthing outcomes in the NT.
Terry has developed strong relationships and working history with a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups across the Northern Territory through research and research governance.

She has worked at senior management levels in policy development and service delivery from both the Commonwealth and State level public services.
Projects over the last 14 years include:

  • Research in Aboriginal health
  • Professional development
  • Research ethics fields

Her experience has been strengthened by continuous work with the NHMRC AHEC (from 2003 to 2009) and at least two other institutional Human Research Ethics Committees (a member of one of these committees since 1996).

Research Interests

  • Qualitative research
  • Research ethics
  • Indigenous research
  • Evaluation of Indigenous health services and programs
  • Indigenous community learning pathways and adult learning
  • Community development and capacity enhancement
  • Social determinants of Aboriginal health

Current Projects

  • Indigenous birth and family: pathways, places and professionals
  • Australian Research Council and partners Northern Territory Department of Health and Families and Danila Dilba
  • Research team: Kruske, S., Belton, S., Dunbar, T., Murakami-Gold, L.
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Member: Bacthelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Studies (Higher Education Member) Member: Menzies School of Health Research and Territory Health Services Human Research Ethics Committee.
  • Member: Commonwealth Health and Ageing HREC.
  • Member: Australian Health Ethics Committee, NHMRC
  • Member: Indigenous Forum Committee, NHMRC
  • Member: Diabetes Australia Indigenous Advisory Committee
  • Public Officer for Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Shelter (DAIWS)
  • Member: Charles Darwin University Human Research Ethics Committee.
  • Member: NHMRC Biobanks Reference Group
  • Member: National Health Committee, NHMRC

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Dirani, M., McAuley,AK., Maple-Brown, L., Kawasaki, R., McIntoch, RL., Harper,CA., Lamoureux, EL., Tatipata, S., Dunbar, T., O’Dea, K., Cunningham, J. (2010) Association of retinal vessel calibre with disbetic retinopathy in an urban Australian Indigenous population, Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 2010 Aug, Vol.38(6), pp.577-82.

Hodge, AM., Maple-Brown, L., Cunningham, J., Boyle, J., Dunbar, T., Weeramanthri, T., Shaw, J. and O’Dea, K. (2010) Abdominal obesity and other risk factors largely explain the high CRP in Indigenous Australians relative to the general population, but not gender differences: a cross-sectional study, BMC Public Health 2010, 10:700

Dunbar. T. and Murakami-Gold, L. (2010) Aboriginal cultural security Partnerships in the health and family service delivery sector, Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, Special Issue Vol.13, Numbers 3-4, September 2010, pp.3-9

O’Dea, K., Cunningham, J., Maple-Brown, L., Weeramanthri, T., Shaw, J., Dunbar, T., and Zimmet, P., (2008) Diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors in urban Indigenous adults: Results from the DRUID Study, Medical Journal of Australia

Cunningham, J., O'Dea, K., Dunbar, T., Weeramanthri, T., Shaw, J. and Zimmet, P. (2008) Socioeconomic status and diabetes among urban Indigenous Australians aged 15-64 years in the DRUID study, Ethnicity & Health, 13:1, 23 - 37.

Cunningham, J., O’Dea, J., Dunbar, T., Maple-Brown, L., (2008) Perceived weight versus body mass index among urban Aboriginal Australians: Do perceptions and measurements match? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, North Melbourne.

Maple-Brown, L., Cunningham, J., Dunne, K., Whitbread, C., Howard, D., Weeramanthri, T., Tatipata, S., Dunbar, T., Harper, C.A., Taylor, H.R., Zimmet, P., O’Dea K., Shaw, J.E., (2008) Complications of diabetes in urban Indigenous Australians:The DRUID study, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 8 0 (2008) pp. 455-462.

Fletcher, F.R., Shannon, C. & Dunbar, T.E. 2008 The National Health and Medical Research Council Road Map: a strategic framework for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Enterprise, for the NHMRC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Research Advisory Committee, Med J Aust 2008; 188 (9): 525-526.

O’Dea, K., Cunningham, J., Maple-Brown, L., Weeramanthri, T., Shaw, J., Dunbar, T., and Zimmet, P., (2008) Diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors in urban Indigenous adults: Results from the DRUID Study, Medical Journal of Australia.

Cunningham, J., and Dunbar, T., 2007, Consent for long-term storage of blood samples by Indigenous Australian research participants: the DRUID Study experience, Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations 2007, 4:7 (07 Sep 2007).

Maple-Brown, L., Cunningham, J., Whitbread, C., Howard, D., and Dunbar, T., et. Al (2007) Complications of diabetes in urban Indigenous Australians: the DRUID Study, Clinical Endocrinology Journal, Australia.

Cunningham J, O'Dea K, Dunbar T, Weeramanthri T, Zimmet P, Shaw J. Study protocol--diabetes and related conditions in urban indigenous people in the Darwin, Australia region: aims, methods and participation in the DRUID Study. BMC Public Health 2006; 6:8.

Dunbar, T and Scrimgeour, M., 2006 Ethics in Indigenous Research – Connecting with Community, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (2006) 3: 179-185, Springer Science + Business Media B.V.

Dunbar, T. and Scrimgeour, M., 2006 Indigenous health research ethics in Australia: applying guidelines as the basis for negotiating research agreements, Monash Bioethics Review Vol. 25 No.2 April 2006, pp.53 - 62.

Paul Stewart, Sanchia Shibasaki, Ian Anderson, Priscilla Pyett, Terry Dunbar, Jeannie Devitt, 2006, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in ethical review of health research, June 2006 edition of the ANZJPH, Vol 30 No. 3 p291-293.

Stewart, P., Shibasaki, S., Anderson, I., Pyett, P., Dunbar, T., & Devitt, J. (2006). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Participation in the Ethical Review of Health Research. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 30(6), 22-25.

Dunbar, T. and Scrimgeour, M., 2005 Ethical assessment of Indigenous health research in Australia: A review of the literature, Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, Discussion Paper No.14, University of Melbourne Design and Print Centre.

Other Publications

Daphne Habibis, Chris Birdsall-Jones, Dunbar, T., Gabriel, M., Scrimegour, M. and Taylor, E. (2010) Improving housing responses to Indigenous patterns of mobility Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Southern Research Centre, AHURI Positioning Paper No.124, ISSN: 1834-9259 ISBN: 978-1-921610-28-8.

Daphne Habibis, Chris Birdsall-Jones, Dunbar, T., Gabriel, M., Scrimegour, M. and Taylor, E (in Press 2011) Improving Housing Policy Responses to Indigenous Patterns of Mobility Report, Funded by AHURI, National and International strategies that have worked.

Dunbar, T. and Scrimgeour, M. (2009) Cultural competence in Aboriginal education service delivery in Australia: Some lessons from the Aboriginal health service sector, Peer reviewed paper, AARE International Education Research Conference

Canberra November, Nov 30-4 Dec 2009 access online at http://aare09.confsite.com.au.

Dunbar, T., Benger, N. and Lowell, A (2009) Final Report: NT Cultural Security in healthy family services sector: Perspectives from Aboriginal people, AMSANT and NTDHF funded consultancy.

Fletcher, F.R., Shannon, C. & Dunbar, T.E. 2008 The National Health and Medical Research Council Road Map: a strategic framework for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Enterprise, for the NHMRC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Research Advisory Committee, Med J Aust 2008; 188 (9): 525-526.

Daphne Habibis, Rowland Atkinson, Terry Dunbar, Dan Goss, Hazel Easthope, Paul Maginn, (2007) Sustaining Public Housing Tenants with Difficult and Challenging Behaviour:  A Good Practice Guide Funded by AHURI, National and International strategies that have worked.

Henry, B., Dunbar, T. and Barclay, L., 2007, Why patients discharged against medical advice: Prevalence rates, experiences and suggestions, economic implications and recommended strategies for improvement, Department of Health and Community Services, Northern Territory Government.

Maypilama, E., Garnggulkpuy, J., Murakami-Gold, L. and Dunbar, T. (2007) First Language Indigenous Research and Consultation Model Evaluation: Possible Model for future meaningful engagement, CDU University Press, Darwin ISBN: 978-0-9804261-0-6.

Cunningham, J., O’Dea, K., Dunbar, T., Weeramanthri, T., Zimmet, P., Shaw J, and Anderson, P. (2006) Study Protocol - The DRUID Study: Diabetes and Related conditions in Urban Indigenous people in the Darwin (Australia) region, BMC Public Health Journal 2006, 6:8 http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth.

Dunbar, T., Scrimgeour, M., Wallace, R., and Arnott, A., 2006 ‘Strong Family, Strong Culture, Strong Future Project Evaluation 2006’, Department of Health and Community Services, Northern Territory Government

NHMRC Keeping research on track: A guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics, (2006) Consultant Chair and Author.

Saggers, S., Guilfoyle, A., Hutchins, T., Jackiewicz, S., Sims, M., Targowska, A. and Dunbar, T. (2006) TOWARDS AN INDIGENOUS CHILD CARE PLAN 'Children are our future and it has to start with us here to make a difference in their lives' Centre for Social Research, Edith Cowan University, WA.

Henry J, Dunbar T, Arnott A, Scrimgeour M, Murakami-Gold L.  Links Monograph Series 5. Indigenous Research Reform Agenda. Literature Review, CRCAH 2004.

Franks C, Dunbar T, Brands J, Brown A, White E, Ragg L, Duffy M, Walton S. Research Partnerships: Yarning about Research with Indigenous Peoples. April 2002. Workshop Report 1, CRCATH 2002.

Henry J, Dunbar T, Arnott A, Scrimgeour M, Matthews S, Murakami-Gold L, Chamberlain A. Links Monograph Series 1. Indigenous Research Reform Agenda. Positioning the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Tropical Health, CRCATH 2003.

Henry J, Dunbar T, Arnott A, Scrimgeour M, Matthews S, Murakami-Gold L, Chamberlain A. Links Monograph Series 2. Indigenous Research Reform Agenda. Rethinking research methodologies, CRCATH 2003.

Henry J, Dunbar T, Arnott A, Scrimgeour M, Matthews S, Murakami-Gold L, Chamberlain A. Links Monograph Series 3. Indigenous Research Reform Agenda. Changing institutions, CRCATH 2003.

Matthews S, Scrimgeour M, Dunbar T, Arnott A, Chamberlain A, Murakami-Gold L, Henry J. Links Monograph Series 4. Indigenous Research Reform Agenda. Promoting the use of health research, CRCATH 2003.

Dunbar T, Arnott A, Henry J, Scrimgeour M, Murakami-Gold L. CRCATH 1997-2002: Working Towards Change In Indigenous Health Research, CRCAH 2004NHMRC Human Research Ethics Handbook, Consultant Author.

Books and Book Chapters

Baker, J, Dunbar, T and Scrimgeour, M., (2009) Feminist bioethics and Indigenous research reform in Australia: Does an alliance across gender, racial and cultural borders represent a useful strategy for promoting change?(In press) International Feminist Association for Bioethics, John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

Carson, B., Dunbar, T., Chenhall, R. and Bailey, R. 2007 (Editors) Social Determinants of Indigenous Health, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest NSW Australia.

Dunbar, T. and Scrimgeour, M (2006) The impact of Western education on the health and well being of Indigenous peoples: Reviewing the research evidence in Australia in Carson, B., Dunbar, T. Chenhall, R. and Bailey, R. (2006) Social Determinants of Indigenous Health, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.

Carson, B., Dunbar, T. Chenhall, R. and Bailey, R., (2006) Introduction in Australia in Carson, B., Dunbar, T. Chenhall, R. and Bailey, R. (2006) Social Determinants of Indigenous Health, Allen and Unwin, Sydney.

Contacts

Location: Building Orange 2.4.14
Address : Australian Centre for
                   Indigenous Knowledge and
                   Education (ACIKE)

                   Charles Darwin University

                   Darwin NT 0909
                   Australia
T: 08 8946 6123
F: 08 8946 6587
E: terry.dunbar@cdu.edu.au