First Nations people with asthma priority setting

Associate Professor and Bundjalung Elder, Boe Rambaldini




Associate Professor and Bundjalung Elder, Boe Rambaldini

Macquarie University

Boe Rambaldini is an Aboriginal Elder of the Bundjalung Nation on the north coast of NSW. He is currently an Associate Professor at Macquarie University and a member of the Djurali Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Education Centre.

From 2017 to 2022, Boe was the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney. Boe has collaborated with over 20 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services across NSW as well as government departments, universities, and professional associations.

His current work at Macquarie University builds on these long-standing relationships to improve the health status of First Nations people in NSW. Boe is a Chief Investigator on five grants: Antecedents of Renal Disease in Aboriginal Children and young adults study – ARDAC, Flinders University; Improving care pathways for Otitis Media in Aboriginal children (0-12): A case study approach, Macquarie University; Unlocking National Indigenous Translational Research Excellence, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Limited; Good Spirit Good Life: Better health and wellbeing for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, University of Western Australia; and Improving Asthma Outcomes: Building a program of research with Aboriginal Australians using codesign methods in collaboration with Asthma Australia.

As an Aboriginal Elder Boe has ensured the community relevance and strong cultural governance in the research design and outcomes.

Project Status: In progress, started in 2022

Grant Type: Project grant

Why was funding this research important?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia are more likely to suffer from asthma and less likely to access prevention and treatment.

That’s why we are working with Macquarie University to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Agenda. We will work to understand how First Nations people understand asthma and their priorities for action.

The project is led by Associate Professor and Bundjalung Elder, Boe Rambaldini with Dr Leanne Holt, Dr John Skinner and Dr Kylie Gwynne.

Centre for Global Indigenous Future at Macquarie University, Asthma Australia
Asthma Australia and the team from the Centre for Global Indigenous Future at Macquarie University (L-R: Dr Kylie Gwynne, David Meharg, Dr Leanne Holt, Nigel Cooper, Dr John Skinner, Michele Goldman)

About the research

The research team will take a codesign approach to understand priorities related to asthma that are important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly patients and carers. They will use a modified collective impact approach (the Rambildini Model) which has five stages.

The five stages of collective impact cycle through three phases – beginning, consolidating, sustaining – as projects mature and develop. The Rambaldini Model privileges the perspectives and knowledge of First Nations people and recognises contributions in ways that communities experience as meaningful and significant including co-authorship, payment of roles and creating local education and employment opportunities.