Menzies Weekly Seminar - “Implementing B.strong across Queensland and evaluating the multiple health risk training program”


Add to calendar

Presenter:  Dr Frances Cunningham

Date: Jun 18, 2019

Time: 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Contact person:  Menzies Communications Team
T: 08 8946 8658
E: communications@menzies.edu.au

Location:  Auditorium | John Mathews Building (Bldg 58), Royal Darwin Hospital Campus (also available on WebEx)

Abstract: Over one-third of the total burden of disease and injury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 2011 was due to the combination of 13 modifiable risk factors. The Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Brief Intervention Training Program (B.strong) addresses three modifiable lifestyle factors – smoking, nutrition and physical activity.
From 2017 to 2019, the B.strong program is giving Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and community workforce the knowledge, skills and tools needed to provide brief interventions promoting healthy changes to their clients through addressing multiple behavioural risks. B.strong is funded by Queensland Health and Menzies has responsibility for developing, delivering, monitoring and evaluating the program.
B.strong provides culturally appropriate training and resource material, based on current guidelines, across Queensland to government-operated and community-controlled health services in all Hospital and Health Service regions, as well as in the educational and correctional sectors. B.strong includes a one-day face-to-face workshop, six eModules, practitioner kits and client resources. Program targets are to train 1,100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers in the workshops, and 360 in the eModules.
Program evaluation applies the New World Kirkpatrick Model to assess the impact of training on adult learning. In addition, we are examining changes pre- and post-training in trainee’s own lifestyle behaviours in smoking, nutrition and physical activity.
This seminar will report on our experience with implementing B.strong across Queensland and will report on findings to date from the evaluation.

Biography:
Dr Cunningham is a senior research fellow at Menzies School of Health Research. Formerly a senior health executive, consultant, policy analyst and health services researcher, Frances’ experience includes public and private health sectors in Australia, the United States and the Pacific. Her work focuses on capacity building to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly through addressing multiple behavioural risks. She is project lead on B.strong, the Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Brief Intervention Training Program.

Next Tuesday Seminar on June 25:
Bernard Leckning  –
Bernard’s work has focused on the mental health and health service outcomes for vulnerable young people and adults, including those at risk of suicidal behaviour.

  • The Menzies seminars are free of charge and open to the general public
  • The presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.
  • Information about the roster for presentations can be obtained from the communications team on 8946 8658 or communications@menzies.edu.au
  • Please feel free to forward this notice to your colleagues and associates
PDF icon Menzies Weekly Seminar