Dr Josephine Gwynn


Biographical details

Dr Josephine Gwynn’s research interests focus on young Aboriginal people and their nutrition, physical activity, well-being and related determinants; Aboriginal community governance of research; models of Aboriginal community delivered health promotion; and the capacity building of Aboriginal researchers, project officers and community members. Dr Gwynn has just completed a large NHMRC study The Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Project (MRDPP). The MRDPP was short listed for the national Indigenous Governance awards in 2012, and Dr Gwynn was awarded the University of Newcastle’s (UoN) Faculty of Health Staff Award in 2011 for Indigenous collaboration. Dr Gwynn is an early career researcher, and has consistently been successful in receiving research funding over her research career including whilst undertaking her PhD. She has mentored a number of Aboriginal project officers to complete their diplomas and degrees as well as attain leadership positions in their communities and in both state and national arenas.

Dr Gwynn commenced her research career in Aboriginal health following the receipt of an NHRMC scholarship in Aboriginal Health in 2001. She established The Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Project (MRDPP) in 2002. The MRDPP was a program of research and health promotion which addressed 2 key risk factors for type 2 diabetes, unhealthy food intake and low levels of physical activity participation. The MRDPP was a long term partnership between the UoN and 2 Aboriginal Medical services, and is currently in the results dissemination phase. Dr Gwynn’s PhD was conferred in 2012, and since then she has been employed in Research only positions. Dr Gwynn’s clinical and academic career has been substantially based in rural and remote Australia. Her professional career as an Occupational Therapist spanned 13 years in primarily leadership positions, and included establishing hospital and community based services. Her latter 2 years as a clinician were spent on Groote Eylandt in East Arnhemland and it was there that she commenced her work with Aboriginal communities. Subsequently she commenced her academic career at the UoN in a tenured teaching position in the undergraduate Occupational Therapy program, whilst managing a young family. Her duties included course and year co-ordination, and initiating new content such as a final year course on rural and remote practice with Aboriginal communities.

Her wider UoN engagement at that time was reflected by her membership of a number of committees including that which established YAPUG, a pathway program designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gain skills for entry into undergraduate degrees at the UoN, and another which established undergraduate inter-professional education in the Faculty of Health. She was also an inaugural staff member of the UoN Department of Rural Health (UoNDRH) in Tamworth NSW. She established the Occupational Therapy program and, as part of the broader team, established Allied Health programs at the UoNDRH in Tamworth.

Current projects

Dr Gwynn’s current activities and collaborations include: co-leader of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Innovation Cluster at the UoN; leader of the Aboriginal Nutrition, Physical Activity and Wellbeing ‘Node’ at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney; Two Data Access Agreements with the Charles Perkins Centre; and co-convener of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee at the UoN Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.

Associations

2014 IAHA

2009 - 2011

· Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).

· PHAA Special Interest Group - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

1979 – 2005

Australian Association of Occupational Therapists - NSW

Awards and honours

PRIZE 2012

Poster Prize: Early Origins of Chronic Disease Symposium,

Australian Society for Medical Research, Adelaide, September 2012.

FACULTY of HEALTH STAFF AWARD 2011

Faculty of Health, Staff Award for Indigenous Collaboration

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT 2010

Priority Centre for Health Behaviour, School of Medicine and Public Health: In recognition and appreciation of outstanding publication performance in 2010 as an early career researcher.

2001-2003 NHMRC scholarship in Aboriginal Health

2005 Inaugural University of Newcastle Eric Sansom Diabetes Scholarship.

Themes

Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Health

Selected grants

2017

  • Indigenous Health and Critical Self-Reflection: Looking inwards to achieve culturally safe practice; Gwynn J, Harvey A, Gilroy J, Russell G, Penman M; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2014

  • Supporting young Aboriginal men in their transition to fathering through a user-developed website; Fletcher R, Kelly B, Gwynn J, Handley T, Turner N, Skinner G, Shipley L, Kanowski L, Perkins D; Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre/Research Support.

2012

  • Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Project; Gwynn J; Centre for Aboriginal Health, NSW Ministry of Health/Research Support.
  • Dhama Burru Nyinhi Gurraar (Eat Strong Live Long); Gwynn J; Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing/Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program.

2011

  • Data management: Self report data on the physical activity of rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous children; Gwynn J; University of Newcastle/School of Medicine and Public Health CCEB Pilot Grant.
  • The physical activity of rural Aboriginal children – a photovoice project; Gwynn J; University of Newcastle/School of Medicine and Public Health CCEB Pilot Grant.
  • Social Impacts on Smoking Cessation in Aboriginal Communities and Community Driven Change; Gilligan C, Gwynn J; University of Newcastle/School of Medicine and Public Health CCEB Pilot Grant.
  • Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Program for Aboriginal People; Gwynn J, Harris L; Centre for Aboriginal Health, NSW Ministry of Health/Research Support.

2010

  • Social Impacts on Smoking Cessation in Aboriginal Communities and Community Driven Change; Gilligan C, Gwynn J; University of Newcastle/PRC Health Behaviour, Pilot Grant.

2009

  • Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Program for Aboriginal People - GP Initiative; Gwynn J; Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing/Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program.

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Gifford (nee Barnard), J., Gwynn, J., Hardy, L., Turner, N., Henderson, L., Innes-Hughes, C., Flood, V. (2018). Review of Short-Form Questions for the Evaluation of a Diet, Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behaviour Intervention in a Community Program Targeting Vulnerable Australian Children. Children, 5(7), 1-21. [More Information]
  • Macniven, R., Plater, S., Canuto, K., Dickson, M., Gwynn, J., Bauman, A., Richards, J. (2018). The "ripple effect": Health and community perceptions of the Indigenous Marathon Program on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, Australia. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 29(3), 304-313. [More Information]
  • Farnbach, S., Eades, A., Gwynn, J., Glozier, N., Hackett, M. (2018). The conduct of Australian Indigenous primary health care research focusing on social and emotional wellbeing: a systematic review. Public Health Research and Practice, 28(2). [More Information]
  • Sapkota, S., Brien, J., Gwynn, J., Flood, V., Aslani, P. (2017). Perceived impact of Nepalese food and food culture in diabetes. Appetite, 113, 376-386. [More Information]
  • Mah, B., Weatherall, L., Burrows, J., Blackwell, C., Gwynn, J., Wadhwa, P., Lumbers, E., Smith, R., Rae, K. (2017). Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in pregnant Australian Indigenous women residing in rural and remote New South Wales: A cross-sectional descriptive study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 57(5), 520-525. [More Information]
  • Fletcher, R., Hammond, C., Faulkner, D., Turner, N., Shipley, L., Read, D., Gwynn, J. (2017). Stayin' on track: the feasibility of developing internet and mobile-phone based resources to support young Aboriginal fathers. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 23(4), 329-334. [More Information]
  • Farnbach, S., Eades, A., Fernando, J., Gwynn, J., Glozier, N., Hackett, M. (2017). The quality of Australian Indigenous primary health care research focusing on social and emotional wellbeing: A systematic review. Public Health Research and Practice, 27(4), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Whalan, S., Farnbach, S., Volk, L., Gwynn, J., Lock, M., Trieu, K., Brimblecombe, J., Webster, J. (2017). What do we know about the diets of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia? A systematic literature review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(6), 579-584. [More Information]
  • Gwynn, J., Lock, M., Turner, N., Dennison, R., Coleman, C., Kelly, B., Wiggers, J. (2015). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community governance of health research: turning principles into practice. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23(4), 235-242. [More Information]
  • Louie, J., Gwynn, J., Turner, N., Cochrane, J., Wiggers, J., Flood, V. (2012). Dietary glycemic index and glycemic load among Indigenous and non-Indigenous children aged 10-12 years. Nutrition, 28(7-8), e14-e22. [More Information]
  • Gwynn, J., Flood, V., D'Este, C., Attia, J., Turner, N., Cochrane, J., Louie, J., Wiggers, J. (2012). Poor food and nutrient intake among Indigenous and non-Indigenous rural Australian children. BMC Pediatrics, 12, 1-14. [More Information]
  • Louie, J., Flood, V., Turner, N., Everingham, C., Gwynn, J. (2011). Methodology for adding glycemic index values to 24-hour recalls. Nutrition, 27(1), 59-64. [More Information]
  • Gwynn, J., Flood, V., D'Este, C., Attia, J., Turner, N., Cochrane, J., Wiggers, J. (2011). The reliability and validity of a short FFQ among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous rural children. Public Health Nutrition, 14(3), 388-401. [More Information]
  • Gwynn, J., Hardy, L., Wiggers, J., Smith, W., D Este, C., Turner, N., Cochrane, J., Barker, D., Attia, J. (2010). The validation of a self-report measure and physical activity of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous rural children. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(Suppl 1), S57-S65. [More Information]
  • McCluskey, M., Gwynn, J. (2005). Occupational therapists working with indigenous Australians use communication strategies, assessment tools and assistive devices that are more culturally appropriate for this population. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 52(1), 91-92.

Conferences

  • Gwynn, J., Harvey, A., Gilroy, J., Penman, M., Russell, G. (2018). Indigenous Health and Critical Self-Reflection: Looking inwards to achieve culturally safe practice. National Centre for Cultural Competence Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Sector: Dilemmas, Policies and Practice, Not applicable: Not Applicable Records.
  • Flood, V., Hamzaid, N., O'Connor, H., Gwynn, J., Einfeld, S. (2016). Improving the food and nutrition intake of people with intellectual disabilities living in group homes in Australia: Scope for programme development. IASSIDD (International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) 15th World Congress, 2016, Melbourne, Australia: IASSIDD Asia.

Report

  • Flood, V., Gwynn, J., Gifford (nee Barnard), J., Turner, N., Hardy, L. (2016). Short survey instruments for children's diet and physical activity: the evidence.

Research Reports

  • Gwynn, J. (2014). Dhama Burru Nyinhi Gurraar (Eat Strong Live Long): Final Report, Australia: Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
  • Gwynn, J., Blunden, S., Turner, N., Flood, V., Attia, J., Smith, W., D'Este, C., Wiggers, J. (2014). Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Project 2007-2012: final report, August 2014, (pp. 1 - 46). Sydney, Australia: NSW Health.
  • Gwynn, J., Blunden, S., Turner, N., Flood, V., Attia, J., Smith, W., D'Este, C., Wiggers, J. (2014). Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Project 2007-2012: Short Report, August 2014, (pp. 1 - 13). Sydney, Australia: NSW Health.

2018

  • Gwynn, J., Harvey, A., Gilroy, J., Penman, M., Russell, G. (2018). Indigenous Health and Critical Self-Reflection: Looking inwards to achieve culturally safe practice. National Centre for Cultural Competence Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Sector: Dilemmas, Policies and Practice, Not applicable: Not Applicable Records.
  • Gifford (nee Barnard), J., Gwynn, J., Hardy, L., Turner, N., Henderson, L., Innes-Hughes, C., Flood, V. (2018). Review of Short-Form Questions for the Evaluation of a Diet, Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behaviour Intervention in a Community Program Targeting Vulnerable Australian Children. Children, 5(7), 1-21. [More Information]
  • Macniven, R., Plater, S., Canuto, K., Dickson, M., Gwynn, J., Bauman, A., Richards, J. (2018). The "ripple effect": Health and community perceptions of the Indigenous Marathon Program on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, Australia. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 29(3), 304-313. [More Information]
  • Farnbach, S., Eades, A., Gwynn, J., Glozier, N., Hackett, M. (2018). The conduct of Australian Indigenous primary health care research focusing on social and emotional wellbeing: a systematic review. Public Health Research and Practice, 28(2). [More Information]

2017

  • Sapkota, S., Brien, J., Gwynn, J., Flood, V., Aslani, P. (2017). Perceived impact of Nepalese food and food culture in diabetes. Appetite, 113, 376-386. [More Information]
  • Mah, B., Weatherall, L., Burrows, J., Blackwell, C., Gwynn, J., Wadhwa, P., Lumbers, E., Smith, R., Rae, K. (2017). Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in pregnant Australian Indigenous women residing in rural and remote New South Wales: A cross-sectional descriptive study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 57(5), 520-525. [More Information]
  • Fletcher, R., Hammond, C., Faulkner, D., Turner, N., Shipley, L., Read, D., Gwynn, J. (2017). Stayin' on track: the feasibility of developing internet and mobile-phone based resources to support young Aboriginal fathers. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 23(4), 329-334. [More Information]
  • Farnbach, S., Eades, A., Fernando, J., Gwynn, J., Glozier, N., Hackett, M. (2017). The quality of Australian Indigenous primary health care research focusing on social and emotional wellbeing: A systematic review. Public Health Research and Practice, 27(4), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Whalan, S., Farnbach, S., Volk, L., Gwynn, J., Lock, M., Trieu, K., Brimblecombe, J., Webster, J. (2017). What do we know about the diets of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia? A systematic literature review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(6), 579-584. [More Information]

2016

  • Flood, V., Hamzaid, N., O'Connor, H., Gwynn, J., Einfeld, S. (2016). Improving the food and nutrition intake of people with intellectual disabilities living in group homes in Australia: Scope for programme development. IASSIDD (International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) 15th World Congress, 2016, Melbourne, Australia: IASSIDD Asia.
  • Flood, V., Gwynn, J., Gifford (nee Barnard), J., Turner, N., Hardy, L. (2016). Short survey instruments for children's diet and physical activity: the evidence.

2015

  • Gwynn, J., Lock, M., Turner, N., Dennison, R., Coleman, C., Kelly, B., Wiggers, J. (2015). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community governance of health research: turning principles into practice. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23(4), 235-242. [More Information]

2014

  • Gwynn, J. (2014). Dhama Burru Nyinhi Gurraar (Eat Strong Live Long): Final Report, Australia: Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
  • Gwynn, J., Blunden, S., Turner, N., Flood, V., Attia, J., Smith, W., D'Este, C., Wiggers, J. (2014). Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Project 2007-2012: final report, August 2014, (pp. 1 - 46). Sydney, Australia: NSW Health.
  • Gwynn, J., Blunden, S., Turner, N., Flood, V., Attia, J., Smith, W., D'Este, C., Wiggers, J. (2014). Many Rivers Diabetes Prevention Project 2007-2012: Short Report, August 2014, (pp. 1 - 13). Sydney, Australia: NSW Health.

2012

  • Louie, J., Gwynn, J., Turner, N., Cochrane, J., Wiggers, J., Flood, V. (2012). Dietary glycemic index and glycemic load among Indigenous and non-Indigenous children aged 10-12 years. Nutrition, 28(7-8), e14-e22. [More Information]
  • Gwynn, J., Flood, V., D'Este, C., Attia, J., Turner, N., Cochrane, J., Louie, J., Wiggers, J. (2012). Poor food and nutrient intake among Indigenous and non-Indigenous rural Australian children. BMC Pediatrics, 12, 1-14. [More Information]

2011

  • Louie, J., Flood, V., Turner, N., Everingham, C., Gwynn, J. (2011). Methodology for adding glycemic index values to 24-hour recalls. Nutrition, 27(1), 59-64. [More Information]
  • Gwynn, J., Flood, V., D'Este, C., Attia, J., Turner, N., Cochrane, J., Wiggers, J. (2011). The reliability and validity of a short FFQ among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous rural children. Public Health Nutrition, 14(3), 388-401. [More Information]

2010

  • Gwynn, J., Hardy, L., Wiggers, J., Smith, W., D Este, C., Turner, N., Cochrane, J., Barker, D., Attia, J. (2010). The validation of a self-report measure and physical activity of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous rural children. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(Suppl 1), S57-S65. [More Information]

2005

  • McCluskey, M., Gwynn, J. (2005). Occupational therapists working with indigenous Australians use communication strategies, assessment tools and assistive devices that are more culturally appropriate for this population. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 52(1), 91-92.

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