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Dr Elisha Riggs
Dr Elisha Riggs is co-leader of the Refugee and Migrant Research Program within the Intergenerational Health research group at MCRI and honorary research fellow in the Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne.
Elisha is a public health and health services researcher whose work focuses on reducing disparities in maternal and child health outcomes for socially disadvantaged communities. She currently leads a series of projects in partnership with the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House), including two studies funded by the NHMRC. Her research is at the forefront of healthcare system redesign and innovation using participatory methods to facilitate community and service engagement. She is Lead Investigator for the Group Pregnancy Care Study and Co-investigator for the Bridging the Gap Study and Childhood Resilience Study.
- Honorary Research Fellow: General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, The University of Melbourne
- Victorian Early Years Award, 2017
- VicHealth Award Finalist 'Improving Health Equity', 2016
- Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award, 2015
- Health Promotion Early Career Award, Public Health Association of Australia, 2012
- Postgraduate Student of the Year, Australian Health Promotion Association VicBranch, 2008
- Health Promotion Evaluation Student Award, Public Health Association of Australia, 2007
Elisha's vision is to reduce disparities in maternal and child health outcomes in socially disadvantaged communities. She has expertise in the design and evaluation of complex interventions in health care settings, including hospitals and early childhood services. She aims to conduct rigorous mixed methods research contributing to evidence, and making a difference to communities involved in her research by addressing health inequalities and promoting well-being and resilience.
- Group Pregnancy Care for refugee background families: improving access, health literacy and social inclusion
- Bridging the Gap: Partnerships for change in refugee child and family health
- Childhood Resilience Study: building evidence for reducing health inequalities across the life course
- Refugee Fathers Project: exploring the health and wellbeing of fathers with young children
- Having a baby in a new country: the experience of Afghan families and stakeholders
- Riggs E, Muyeen S, Brown S, Dawson W, Petschel P, Tardiff W, Norman F, Vanpraag D, Szwarc J, Yelland J. Cultural safety and belonging for refugee background women attending group pregnancy care: An Australian qualitative study. Birth. 2017;44(2):145-152
- Riggs E, Yelland J, Szwarc J, Wahidi S, Casey S, Chesters D, Fouladi F, Duell-Piening P, Giallo R, Brown S. Fatherhood in a new country: A qualitative study exploring the experiences of Afghan men and implications for health services. Birth. 2016;43(1):86-92.
- Riggs E, Yelland J, Duell-Piening P, Brown SJ. Improving health literacy in refugee populations. The Medical Journal of Australia. 2016;204(1):9-10
- Riggs E, Yelland J, Shankumar R, Kilpatrick N. 'We are all scared for the baby': promoting access to dental services for refugee background women during pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2016;16(1):12
- Riggs E, Yelland J, Szwarc J, Casey S, Chesters D, Duell-Piening P, Wahidi S, Fouladi F, Brown S. Promoting the inclusion of Afghan women and men in research: reflections from research and community partners involved in implementing a `proof of concept' project. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2015;14(1):13
- Riggs E, Gibbs L, Kilpatrick N, Gussy M, van Gemert C, Ali S, Waters E. Breaking down the barriers: A qualitative study to understand child oral health in refugee and migrant communities in Australia. Ethnicity and Health, 2015;20(3):241-57
- Riggs E, Gussy M, Gibbs L, van Gemert C, Waters E, Kilpatrick N. Hard to reach communities or hard to access services? Migrant mothers' experiences of dental services. Australian Dental Journal, 2014 59(2), 201-207.
- Riggs E, Gussy M, Gibbs L. van Gemert C, Waters E, Priest N, Watt R, Renzaho A, Kilpatrick N. Assessing the cultural competence of oral health research conducted with migrant children. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 201442(1), 43-52
- Riggs E, Block K, Warr D, Gibbs L, Working better together: evaluating a complex partnership in Australia, Health Promotion International, 2014;29(4):780-93
- Block K, Riggs E, Haslam N (editors). Values and Vulnerabilities: The ethics of research with refugees and asylum seekers. Australian Academic Press. Brisbane, Australia. June 2013
- Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- The Myer Foundation