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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

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Dr Michael Wright

Early Career Research Fellow

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m.wright@curtin.edu.au

Introduction

Dr Michael Wright is a Yuat Nyoongar man. His family is from the Moora and New Norcia area of Western Australia, north of Perth. He has worked as a hospital-based social worker and as a mental health service manager. In 2010, Michael graduated with a PhD that investigated issues of access to services by Aboriginal families whose lives are affected by mental illness. The Looking Forward Project expands on his PhD. Michael holds a Fellowship position at Curtin University in the Division of Health Sciences and is based at Curtin's National Drug Research Institute.

Michael works in partnership with Nyoongar (Aboriginal) families, mental health and drug and alcohol service providers, Ruah Community Services, The Mental Health Commission, Curtin University and the Telethon Kids Institute.

Qualifications

  • PhD Mental Health, Public Health, Curtin University
  • Masters Applied Epidemiology, National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, Australian National University
  • BSW Social Work, School of Social Work, University of Western Australia

Memberships

  • Member, Mental Health, Mental Health Advisory Council

Current projects

  • Looking Forward - Moving Forward Project: Transforming systems to improve mental health and drug and alcohol outcomes for Aboriginal peoples Details
  • Building Bridges: Co-designing engagement with Aboriginal youth Details
  • Closing the gap in early childhood development: Community driven evidence, translation, policy, and practice - grow children up strong Details

Publications

Wright, M., Lin, A. and O'Connell, M. (2016). Humility, inquisitiveness, and openness: key attributes for meaningful engagement with Nyoongar people. Advances in Mental Health, 14, (2), pp. 82-95. DOI: 10.1080/18387357.2016.1173516 [RJ1228] Paper

Wright, M. and O'Connell, M. (2015). Negotiating the right path: Working together to effect change in healthcare service provision to Aboriginal peoples. Action Learning Action Research Journal, 21, (1). [RJ1158] Paper

Wright, M. and O'Connell, M. (2015). Working together makes us stronger: Mindful practices in mental health and drug and alcohol service provision to better support Nyoongar families. New Community, 13, (3), pp. 5-6. [RJ1211] Paper

Wright, M. and Wilkes, E.T. (2015). Nyoongar marmun wangkiny nidja Nyoongar boodja. New Community, 13, (3), pp. 14-17. [RJ1212] Paper

Wright, M., Lin, A. and O'Connell, M. (2015). Commentary on Black et al., a systematic review: Identifying the prevalence rates of psychiatric disorder in Australia’s Indigenous populations. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49, (11), pp. 1062-1063. DOI: 10.1177/0004867415604370 [RJ1157] Paper

Wright, M., Culbong, M., O'Connell, M., Jones, T. and Ford, D. (2014). Weaving the narratives of relationship in community participatory research. New Community, (43). pp. 8-14. [RJ1214] Paper

Non-NDRI Publications

Dudgeon, P., Wright, M., Paradies, Y., Garvey, D. and Walker, I. (2014). The Social, Cultural and Historical Context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Working Together: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health & Wellbeing Principles & Practice (2nd ed). Canprint Communications on behalf of Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. pp. 3-24. [CH]

Wright, M. (2014). Reframing Aboriginal Family Caregiving. Working Together: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health & Wellbeing Principles & Practice (2nd ed). Canprint Communications on behalf of Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. pp. 243-256. [CH]

Wright, M., Culbong, M., Jones, T., O'Connell, M. and Ford, D. (2013). Making a difference: Engaging both hearts and minds in research practice. Action Learning Action Research Journal, 19, (1), pp. 36-61. [RJ]

Wright, M. (2012). Giving and receiving care: Reframing the work of Aboriginal care-giving. In McCoy, B.F., Stewart, P. and Poroch, N. (eds.) Urban Health: Strengthening our voice, culture and partnerships. AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra. pp. 105-117. [CH]

Wright, M. and McCoy, B.F. (2012). Empowering public health research: An Indigenous and non-Indigenous reflection on public health research. In McCoy, B.F., Stewart, P. and Poroch, N. (eds.) Urban Health: Strengthening our voice, culture and partnerships. AIATSIS Research Publications, Canberra. pp. 119-129. [CH]

Wright, M. (2011). Research as Intervention: Engaging silenced voices. Action Learning Action Research Journal, 17, (2), pp. 25-46. [RJ]

Dudgeon, P., Wright, M. and Coffin, J. (2010). Talking It And Walking It: Cultural Competence. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 13, (3), pp. 29-44. [RJ]

Dudgeon, P., Wright, M., Paradies, Y. and Garvey, D. (2009). The Social, Cultural and Historical Context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Working Together: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health & Wellbeing Principles & Practice. Canprint Communications on behalf of Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. pp. 25-42. [CH]

Wright, M. (2007). Would the Northern Territory plan pass the government's own ethical guidelines? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 31, (5), pp. 490-491. [RJ]

Wright, M. (2005). Fulfilling prophecy? Sexually transmitted infections and HIV in Indigenous people in WA. Medical Journal of Australia, 183, (3), pp. 124-128. [RJ]