Dr Mieke Snijder

Research Fellow, Sydney Medical School


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Biographical details

Mieke is a research fellow in community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Using participatory research methods, her work primarily aims to develop and evaluate interventions to improve health and wellbeing amongst disadvantaged communities.She is passionate about making sure that communities in her research can directly benefit from the research through involving them from conception to dissemination. Examples of her research include:

  • During her doctoral research she undertook community-based participatory research with three Aboriginal communities to develop and evaluate community-based programs addressing alcohol-related harms and other underlying issues. Her doctoral thesis explored how to balance participatory research and evidence-generatingmethods.
  • As a postdoctoral research fellow she has been co-developing a school-based program to improve social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. This participatory research process was undertaken with an Indigenous creative agency and students and teachers of high schools. It included methods such as photovoice, digital storytelling, roleplaying and focus groups. This video shows a summary of this work.
  • To improve participatory research at the Matilda Centre as a whole she has led the establisment of its first Youth Advisory Board, consisting of 9 young people from around Australia who will provide strategic input and project specific feedback to the Centre.
  • She undertakes research capacity building by supervising an Aboriginal Master student, coordinating an NGO research mentoring program and assisting in NGO research.

Originally from The Netherlands, she completed a Masters in Health and Society at Wageningen University and Research Centre. In 2017 she completed her PhD in Public Health and Community Medicine at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

Current projects

  • Strong & Deadly Futures: Strong & Deadly Futures is the first school-based alcohol and drug prevention program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students that is culturally inclusive, incorporates cultural strengths and focuses on empowerment of the students.
  • Positive Choices for Indigenous Australians: Development and dissemination of evidence-based drug and alcohol prevention information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students, their teachers and parents.
  • Cracks in the Ice Community Toolkit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples:The development, testing and launch of a culturally appropriate online toolkit to provide evidence- based information about methamphetamines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Evaluation of Good Sports Program: Evaluation of a program to reduce alcohol consumption among Australian sports clubs.

Student projects:

  • Cultures within Cultures: exploring the association between community conflict and alcohol and drug related harms in Aboriginal communities (Mrs. Bonita Byrne).
  • Language used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth around drugs and alcohol (Ms Deanne Verkroost).
  • User testing of online Positive Choices portal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students, their teachers and parents (Ms Chenda Leng).

Associations

New South Wales Committee member for the Public Health Association of Australia

Member of International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUPHE)

Member of European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR)

Awards and honours

The 2018 Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Early Career Researcher Innovation Award. TheMHS, Adelaide, Australia, August 2018.

Outstanding Research Poster Award; 2018 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) Annual Symposium.

Public Health Association of Australia, NSW Branch President’s Award for Contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 2017; Public Health Association of Australia, Sydney Australia, November 2017

The 2016 Kevin Rozzoli Community Impact Award; NDARC, UNSW Sydney, Australia, April 2017

Outstanding Research Poster Award;2016 NDARC Annual Symposium

People’s Choice Award best Oral Abstract; Postgraduate research symposium UNSW Sydney.

In the media

TheMHS award:http://connections.edu.au/news/dr-mieke-snijder-wins-2018-themhs-early-career-research-award

Positive Choices project: story-telling competition:https://nit.com.au/kids-inspiring-tales-win-recognition/

Maldahnalanga/3are1 Research project:

International links

Netherlands

(Wageningen University and Research Centre) Student supervision

Selected grants

2019

  • Strong and Deadly Futures: A cluster randomised controlled trial of a computerised school-based alcohol and drug prevention program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; Stapinski L, Newton N, Snijder M, Doyle M, Champion K, Chapman C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • Evaluation of Alternative Delivery Model of Good Sports; Shoesmith L, Gardner L, Snijder M, Prior K, Sunderland M, Newton N, Teesson M; Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF)/Request for Proposal: Evaluation of Alternative Delivery Model of Good Sports.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Snijder, M., Lees, B., Ward, J., Stearne, A., Newton, N., Stapinski, L. (2019). Developing an ecological framework of factors associated with substance use and related harms among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open, 9(5), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Snijder, M., Stapinski, L., Lees, B., Newton, N., Champion, K., Chapman, C., Ward, J., Teesson, M. (2018). Substance use prevention programs for indigenous adolescents in the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand: Protocol for a systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(2), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Munro, A., Allan, J., Shakeshaft, A., Snijder, M. (2017). Riding the rural radio wave: The impact of a community-led drug and alcohol radio advertising campaign in a remote Australian Aboriginal community. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 25(5), 290-297. [More Information]
  • Knight, A., Havard, A., Shakeshaft, A., Maple, M., Snijder, M., Shakeshaft, B. (2017). The feasibility of embedding data collection into the routine service delivery of a multi-component program for high-risk young people. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(2), 1-15. [More Information]
  • Snijder, M., Shakeshaft, A., Wagemakers, A., Stephens, A., Calabria, B. (2015). A systematic review of studies evaluating Australian indigenous community development projects: The extent of community participation, their methodological quality and their outcomes Health behavior, health promotion and society. BMC Public Health, 15(1). [More Information]

2019

  • Snijder, M., Lees, B., Ward, J., Stearne, A., Newton, N., Stapinski, L. (2019). Developing an ecological framework of factors associated with substance use and related harms among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open, 9(5), 1-6. [More Information]

2018

  • Snijder, M., Stapinski, L., Lees, B., Newton, N., Champion, K., Chapman, C., Ward, J., Teesson, M. (2018). Substance use prevention programs for indigenous adolescents in the United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand: Protocol for a systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(2), 1-10. [More Information]

2017

  • Munro, A., Allan, J., Shakeshaft, A., Snijder, M. (2017). Riding the rural radio wave: The impact of a community-led drug and alcohol radio advertising campaign in a remote Australian Aboriginal community. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 25(5), 290-297. [More Information]
  • Knight, A., Havard, A., Shakeshaft, A., Maple, M., Snijder, M., Shakeshaft, B. (2017). The feasibility of embedding data collection into the routine service delivery of a multi-component program for high-risk young people. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(2), 1-15. [More Information]

2015

  • Snijder, M., Shakeshaft, A., Wagemakers, A., Stephens, A., Calabria, B. (2015). A systematic review of studies evaluating Australian indigenous community development projects: The extent of community participation, their methodological quality and their outcomes Health behavior, health promotion and society. BMC Public Health, 15(1). [More Information]

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