Dr Cunningham is a senior research fellow at Menzies School of Health Research. Formerly a senior health executive, consultant, policy analyst and health services researcher, Frances’ experience includes public and private health sectors in Australia, the United States and the Pacific. Her work focuses on capacity building to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly through addressing multiple behavioural risks. She is project lead on B.strong, the Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Brief Intervention Training Program. She applies health policy analysis and health services research to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.
B.strong—building capacity in brief interventions for health workers
Saturday 1 September | View program for more details
B.strong (the Queensland Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Brief Intervention Training Program) is an evidence-based brief intervention training program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners/health workers, addressing smoking cessation, nutrition and physical activity. Menzies School of Health Research is implementing B.strong to tackle multiple unhealthy risks through brief intervention training across Queensland from 2017-2019. B.strong is based on current Australian guidelines, and is being delivered across all Hospital and Health Service areas for government and non-government Indigenous primary health care services. B.strong is training over 1,100 Queensland-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and other health and community workers through a one-day workshop and six eModules, along with new practitioner and client resources. B.strong is building the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and other health professionals in addressing multiple lifestyle risk factors through delivery of brief interventions as part of the primary health care client pathway, or opportunistically at every client contact.