Julia Marley

Professor, BSc GradDip PhD W.Aust., GradDip Murd., MPH JCU

  • The University of Western Australia (M722), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

The remote Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) has the highest proportion of Aboriginal residents in Australia, with many living in remote Aboriginal communities where attachment to land, traditional culture, family, and community is strong. Over the past 15 years we have steadily developed what is now an effective regional approach to Aboriginal health research, working in close collaboration with the Kimberley Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), and WA Country Health Service. This involves working towards Kimberley rather than externally imposed priorities for research.

Research interests

Instead of specialising in any one particular area, I have taken a life course approach to my research using the concepts of the developmental origins of health and disease. My research spans from preconception care to end-stage kidney disease (current projects are in italics - more details available from http://kams.org.au/research/current-projects/):

Industrial relevance

Most of our research has been translated into policy and practice. This has included substantial amounts of work on developing healthcare practice guidelines, proposing and encouraging local research to develop translatable evidence, evaluate processes and implement this evidence to improve service delivery in the Kimberley. The following guidelines have been updated based on evidence from our research: Diabetes Type II (2007, 2015, 2020); Diabetes in Pregnancy (2017); Diabetes in Young People (under revision); Healthy Living (under revision); Smoking Cessation (2016); Preconception Care (2019); Perinatal Depression (2019); Iron Deficiency and Iron in Pregnancy (2015); and Family and Domestic Violence (2015).

Community engagement

Broad stakeholder engagement and consultation are key factors in the successful operation of my research, and dissemination and implementation of results into healthcare service provision for Aboriginal people. This is done through well-established, mutually respectful partnerships. Since 2006 I have provided over 50 community feedback sessions and in-services to clinic staff, a public webinar, co-authored 48 plain language reports that I widely disseminate. I have given 16 media interviews and had research results published in industry newsletters (NACCHO, Lowitja, MJA inSight), and reported in the media (newspapers, SBS, ABC radio and News-24, Goolarri).

Funding overview

I am co-lead on the following projects that have received over $10.2M in funding:

  • MRFF ($3.2M), WA Department of Health ($600,000) and UWA ($207,576) funded ORCHID Study Phase 3: Optimisation of screening and management of hyperglycaemia in pregnancy (Jul 2022 – Jun 2027). Phase 1 was funded by RCSWA ($90,000), Lishman Foundation ($136,047), and Diabetes Australia ($60,000) and Phase 2 by Diabetes Research WA ($60,000).
  • Stan Perron Charitable Foundation ($519,896) and NHMRC ($1.5M) funded 'Be Healthy' project (Sep 2021 – Aug 2026).
  • NHMRC ($1.4M) and WA Department of Health ($250,000) funded project on Improving mental health screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women and mothers of young children (KMMS project: Dec 2016 – Nov 2022).
  • MRFF ($1M) funded “Regional collaboration to create a Kimberley Health Evidence Data Platform” (2021-2024).
  • Diabetes Australia ($60,000) funded investigation of progression to type 2 diabetes among Aboriginal people in remote towns and communities, to improve screening for detection and prevention (2021).
  • Lowitja Institute funded telehealth project for Kimberley Aboriginal patients (2021-2022).

 

Previous positions

Principal Research Officer (2006-2021). The Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services. Broome

Research Fellow (2001-2005). Renal and Autoimmunity Group, Centre for Inflammation Research. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh UK.

Research Fellow (2000-2001). Lymphocyte Signalling and Development. Babraham Institute, Cambridge UK.

Education/Academic qualification

MPH with Distinction, James Cook University Queensland

Award Date: 1 Sep 2016

PgDipPolSci, Murdoch University

Award Date: 13 Sep 2006

Immunology, PhD, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 5 Apr 2001

PGDipSci, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 18 Mar 1993

BSc, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 5 Mar 1991

External positions

Principal Research Officer, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd

Nov 2006 → …

Industry keywords

  • Health
  • Diagnostics
  • Clinical Trials

Research expertise keywords

  • Aboriginal health
  • Primary health care research and evaluation
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Rural health research
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Mental health and well-being

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