The Centre congratulates Dr Kootsy Canuto, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit at SAHMRI, on being awarding an Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant in the recently announced National Health and Medical Research Council funding announcements. His 5 year award of $650,750 is titled “Enough talk, time for action: Developing, implementing and evaluating co-designed approaches to enhance Primary Health Care service engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men”. Kootsy completed his PhD in 2018 and was a student member of the FFCMH, His supervisors were Professor Alex Brown and Professor Gary Wittert.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men have the worse health outcomes of any population group in Australia. Primary Health Care Services (PHCSs) are well placed to improve health and wellbeing, however, several barriers to utilisation have been identified. The grant will allow Kootsy to implement the findings from his PhD, to enhance engagement between PHCSs and local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men by implementing co-designed strategies evaluated using a continuous quality improvement approach.