Dr Mieke Snijder

Research Fellow, Sydney Medical School


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Biographical details

Mieke is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance use. She leads a program of research aiming to improve social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. Originally from The Netherlands, she completed a Masters in Health and Society at Wageningen University and Research Centre. In 2017 she completed her PhD at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

Mieke is passionate about using her research to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal Australians and other disadvantaged communities. Examples of research contributions to date include:

  • Coordinating the first multiple baseline trial with Aboriginal Australians;
  • Leading the development of an Australia-first computerised school-based drug prevention program that is culturally inclusive for Aboriginal secondary students, using innovative data collectiong methods like photovoice and a story-telling competition; and
  • Developing and launching an Australian Government funded online drug and alcohol prevention portalfor disseminating evidence-based information for Aboriginal secondary students and their teachers.

Her national and international leadership has been acknowledged through awards and invited presentations to overseas and local research groups. She further undertakes research capacity building by supervising an Aboriginal Master student, coordinating an NGO research mentoring program and assisting in NGO research.

Current projects

  • Positive Choices for Indigenous Australians: Cultural adaptation of Australian Government funded online drug and alcohol prevention and information portal for secondary school teachers, students and their parents.
  • Strong & Deadly Futures: Strong & Deadly Futures is the first school-based alcohol and drug prevention program for Indigenous secondary students that is culturally inclusive, incorporates cultural strengths and focuses on empowerment of the students.
  • 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

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

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

Member of European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR)

Member of Franklin Women

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., 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]

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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