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Northern Institute's April seminar

Can collaboration, Community Wi-Fi and an innovative healthcare model help “Close the Gap” in remote health?
Presenter Marianne St Clair (Simbani Research)
Contact person
Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468 E:
Location Northern Institute, Savanna Room Casuarina campus, Building Yellow 1.2.48
Open to Public


Gawa community is a very remote Aboriginal community on Elcho Island, 600 km from Darwin by air and has had a long association with the Northern Institute.  Community leaders Dr Guthadjaka A.M. and her husband Colin Baker have been active partners in the project: Developing a simple, robust telehealth system for remote communities.  This $1.6 million project is supported by the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA).

The project team use the theory of collaboration (common goals, collaborative leadership, distributed power, shared decision-making, time, nurturing, good communication, relationship-building, shared learning, trust-building and networking) and an agile management approach to facilitate project activities and deliver project outcomes.

Collaboration is resource-intensive, but the benefits may provide remote communities with increased access to primary healthcare and improve health outcomes.  Can this community-driven collaboration implementing telehealth be sustainable, generate on-community jobs and be part of the solution to “Close the Gap” in remote health?


Marianne St Clair (Simbani Researchis a Researcher specialising in economic development using transdisciplinary and collaboration theory.  She is interested in developing the north in the fields of Telecommunications, Technology and Primary Industries. More specifically, her work examines the role of collaboration in seafood enterprise development, enabling innovative solutions using trans-disciplinary approaches and is keen to expand research into developing innovative models of health service delivery with the aim to secure better health services (and outcomes) for regional and remote people.  Simbani Research is supported by co-investments from the CRCNA.

Researchers David Murtagh & Marianne St Claire

David Mutagh and Marianne St Clair of Simbani Research



This seminar is LIVE from the Savanna Room, Northern Institute
(Casuarina campus, Building Yellow 1, Level 2, Room 48). Limited Seating is available.

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