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A/Prof Catrina Felton Busch

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Associate Professor Remote Indigenous Health & Workforce – Head of Education

BA MPH Grad Cert PHC Research PhD (candidate)

Catrina’s research interests reflect her own personal commitment to improving the lives of Indigenous people using methodologies informed by Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies and axiologies (our ways of knowing, being and doing). Catrina’s doctoral studies are investigating the birthing experiences of Aboriginal woman from Mornington Island and their aspirations for having their babies born on Country.

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  • Anton Brienl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening
  • Named Chief Investigator (co-lead) NHMRC Project: Women's action for Mums and Bubs (WOMB): A pragmatic trial of participatory women's groups to improve Indigenous maternal and child health
  • Named Investigator NHMRC Partnership Project: Quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care: Leveraging Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP).

Recent Top 5 papers

  • Kristy Hill & Catrina Felton‐Busch. (September 2015). Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Skills Recognition & Up‐Skilling Project: Final Report. Indigenous Health Unit, James Cook University.
    This paper reports on a Health Workforce Australia project to provide current Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Workers with the necessary qualification for AHPRA registration.
  • Mills J, Felton-Busch C, Park T, Maza K, Mills F, Ghee M, et al. Supporting Australian Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal nursing students using mentoring circles: an action research study. Higher Education Research & Development. 2014;33(6):1136-49.
    This paper reports on the methodology of an action research project into the value of mentoring circle for a cohort of Indigenous nursing students who undertake their studies at the JCU study centre on Thursday Island.
  • Mills J, Felton-Busch C, Park T, Maza K, Mills F, Ghee M, et al. Working on each others' ideas: mentoring circles as a method of supporting remote Australian Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal nursing students. 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. 2014, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.
    Conference paper presented on the grounded theory methodology of an action research project. The aim of the study was to foster the emotional and social growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing students to improve the students' experience and retention rates.
  • Felton‐Busch C, Maza K, Ghee M, Mills F, Mills J, Hitchins M, et al. Using mentoring circles to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing students: Guidelines for sharing and learning. Contemporary Nurse. 2013;46(1):135‐138.
    This paper reports on an action research project where researchers implemented a mentoring circle in a remote James Cook University satellite campus in the Torres Strait. The researchers offer guidelines to establish a mentoring circle in a tertiary setting.
  • Wronski I, Stronach P, Felton-Busch C. Indigenous health: Can occupational therapy respond to the challenge to ‘Close the Gap’? Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2011;58(1):1-2.
    An invited opinion piece regarding the importance of providing specific pathways for Indigenous people into Occupational Therapy for the development of culturally appropriate allied health workforce to "Close the Gap".

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Dr Yaqoot Fatima

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Research Fellow

BPharm, MTech, PhD

Dr. Fatima is Research Fellow at Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University. Fatima received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Her major interest is in sleep research, specifically in the epidemiology of poor sleep and emerging burden of poor sleep in the young population. She is a member of Australasian Sleep Association (ASA).


  • Institute for Social Science Research, University Of Queensland, Australia
  • College of Medicine, Qatar University, Doha
  • Copenhagen University, Denmark

FOR Code: 1117 Public Health and Health Services

Recent Top 5 papers

  • Fatima, Yaqoot, Doi, Suhail A.R., and Al Mamun, Abdullah (2018) Sleep problems in adolescence and overweight/obesity in young adults: is there a causal link? Sleep Health. (In Press)
  • Fatima, Yaqoot, Doi, Suhail A.R., Najman, Jake M., and Al Mamun, Abdulla (2017) Continuity of sleep problems from adolescence to young adulthood: results from a longitudinal study. Sleep Health, 3 (4). pp. 290-295.
  • Fatima, Y., Doi, S.A.R., and Mamun, A.A. (2016) Sleep quality and obesity in young subjects: a meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 17. pp. 1154-1166.
  • Fatima, Yaqoot, Suhail, A.R., Najman, Jake M., and Al Mamun, Abdullah (2016) Exploring gender difference in sleep quality of young adults: findings from a large population study. Clinical Medicine & Research, 14 (3-4). pp. 138-144.
  • Fatima, Yaqoot, Doi, Suhail A.R., O'Callaghan, Michael, Williams, Gail, Najman, Jake M., and Al Mamun, Abdullah (2016) Parent and adolescent reports in assessing adolescent sleep problems: results from a large population study. Acta Paediatrica, 105 (9). e433-e439.

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Scopus Author ID: 56491100000
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Dr Alice Cairns

Dr Sharon Varela

Shaun Solomon

Selina Taylor

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Pharmacy Academic

B.Pharm AACP Grad Cert Diabetes Ed.

Selina Taylor commenced her academic career at the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (CRRH) – James Cook University in 2011. Selina teaches into both the Bachelor of Nursing Program and Bachelor of Pharmacy Program at James Cook University. Her research interests relate to pharmacy education, diabetes management in indigenous populations and defining the future scope of practice of pharmacists.

Selina’s role at CRRH focuses on improving the rural pharmacy workforce through facilitation of student placements, education for rural and remote pharmacists and multidisciplinary education and teaching sessions for students and health professionals. Her role requires effectively managing project objectives, timelines and budgets.


  • Society of Hospital Pharmacists – SHPA – Member since 2012
  • Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy – AACP – Member since 2011
  • Australian Diabetes Educator Association – ADEA – Member since 2016
  • Services for Australia Rural and Remote Allied Health – SARRAH – Member since 2015 – Queensland Network Coordinator – 2015 –Current
  • National Rural Health Alliance – NRHA – Member since 2011
  • Rural Pharmacist Support Network – Member since 2011- Deputy Chair – 2014-Current
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia – PSA – Member since 2017

Recent Top 5 papers

  • Taylor, Selina. Rural pharmacy: Self-administered blood glucose monitoring in indigenous populations [online]. Australian Pharmacist, Vol. 35, No. 2, Feb 2016: 25. Availability: <;dn=287672887480946;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 0728-4632
  • Kirschbaum, M., Khalil, H., Taylor, S., Page. A., Pharmacy students’ rural career intentions: Perspectives on rural background placements. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning Volume 8, Issue 5, September–October 2016, Pages 615–621
  • Taylor, S., Yaqoot, F., Navaratnam, L., Roberts, H., Simulated Interprofessional learning activities for rural health care services: perceptions of health care students. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare 2017:10 235-241
  • Taylor, Selina., Fatima Y., Solomon S., Factors affecting the self-monitoring of blood glucose levels in Aboriginal patients: findings from a remote community. Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin. Vol. 17, Issue 3, July-Sept 2017.
  • Taylor S, Hays C, Glass B. Compounding medications in a rural setting: an interprofessional perspective. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. In press 2018

Stephanie King

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Research Assistant

Stephanie assists in the research of health-related topics as identified by CRRH and the community.
Stephanie has a strong community development background from having worked across sectors such as mining, employment and health.

Stephanie research interest is around the impact of drugs in the community like ICE (methamphetamines).

Recent Top 5 papers

  • Smith, T., Cross, M., Waller, S., Chambers, H., Farthing, A., Barraclough, F., Pitt S.W., Sutton, K., Muyambi, K., King, S., Anderson, J. (2018). Ruralization of students' horizons: insights into Australian health professional students' rural and remote placements. J Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 11, 85-97.

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