Researcher

Dr Rona Macniven

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health and wellbeing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-based research, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and family social and emotional wellbeing, Sport and exercise psychology, Sport and leisure management, Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified, Injury prevention, Preventative health care, Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander epidemiology, Behavioural epidemiology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural determinants of health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sport and physical activity

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Biography

My expertise is in physical activity, sport, falls prevention, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and public health research and is a Research Fellow in the School of Population Health at UNSW Sydney. I commenced a Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship in July 2021.

My research examines physical health and social and emotional wellbeing and the impact of physical activity and sport across the lifespan, particularly among...view more

My expertise is in physical activity, sport, falls prevention, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and public health research and is a Research Fellow in the School of Population Health at UNSW Sydney. I commenced a Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship in July 2021.

My research examines physical health and social and emotional wellbeing and the impact of physical activity and sport across the lifespan, particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. My vision is to generate, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and stakeholders, high quality evidence from a series of observational and intervention studies of how physical activity can improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians across the life-course. I lead epidemiological and community evaluation research studies in collaboration with multiple academic institutions and community groups, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. I have undertaken government consultancy work and secondment placements within large Australian NGOs to translate research into practice. 


My Grants

Eades SJ, Ivers RQ, Liu BC, Priest NC, Joshy G, Williams RD, Yashadhana AM, Graham S, Skilton MR, Azzopardi PS, Macniven R (AI) ‘The Next Generation Aboriginal Youth Cohort Study’: Co-designing a strengths-based study to identify evidence-based, culturally strong, implementable strategies to improve youth health outcomes. NHMRC 2021 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies; $2,619,818.80 (2022-2027).

Ambrens M, Andrews S, Kenning G, Delbaere K, van Schooten K, Lim ML, Troller J, Macniven R, Ginnivan N. A Starting Point to Addressing Implicit Bias in the Healthcare of Older People. UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute 2022; $10,000.

Peden A, Macniven R, Angell B. Development and Delivery of an Evaluation of the First Lap Voucher Program. NSW Office of Sport 2022/23: $146,297.

Tang D, Macniven R, Jones C, Gopinath B. Developing, implementing and evaluating an online group intervention to improve the wellbeing of people with age-related macular degeneration. Macular Disease Foundation Australia, 2021; $45,466.

Macniven RGenerating evidence on the impact of physical activity on the cardiovascular health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across the life-course. Heart Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2021-2023; $151,200.


My Qualifications

PhD Public Health, The University of Sydney

MSc. Physical Activity and Health, Loughborough University (UK)

BSc. (Hons) Physical Education, Sports Science and Recreation Management, Loughborough University (UK) 


My Awards

Macniven R. Heart Foundation 2020 Paul Korner Innovation Award. $20,000.

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, Masters, PhD

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