Clinical psychologist Arvind Ponnapalli … researching positive parenting programs (Photo: DDHHS)

December 16, 2020

Research into positive parenting in Indigenous communities is one of 14 health programs to receive funding under Round 2 of the Queensland Advancing Clinical Research Fellowship program.

Clinical psychologist Arvind Ponnapalli – who has previously worked on parenting programs in the Murgon and Cherbourg communities – has received $146,313 fellowship to undertake a two-part study.

Part 1 will cover parent wellbeing and the implications for early intervention parenting programs in Indigenous communities.

Part 2 will be a collaborative “positive parent” project to be run at Cherbourg.

The research will be administered by the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and run in partnership with the University of Queensland

Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said 14 clinician researchers around Queensland would receive total funding of nearly $4 million under Round 2 of the fellowship program.

“We launched these fellowships in 2019 because we know that research outcomes are critical to finding new and better ways of delivering healthcare and improving the health of Queenslanders,” she said.

“Front line clinician researchers, including doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners, are uniquely placed to pursue clinical research that leads to better patient care outcomes and frontline healthcare delivery

“These grants will support emerging and established clinicians to undertake research in a wide range of research fields, including skin cancer, chest infections, occupational violence in emergency departments, kidney disease, and Indigenous health.”

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