The project, funded by the Department of Health, South Australia, under its Strategic Health Research Program, is led by Dr Margaret Cargo and Dr David Evans of the University of South Australia.
University of South Australia
It aims to distil from published and grey literatures of interventions on the prevention of mental health difficulties and promotion of social and emotional well-being among Aboriginal children and youth, the relationship between the context in which these interventions are implemented, the mechanisms by which they work and the outcomes that are achieved; and to engage decision-makers and end-users from government and non-governmental agencies and institutions in the knowledge synthesis process to facilitate the timely and relevant translation and application of study findings into programs and policies. It uses a realist synthesis approach, which combines diverse evidence about effectiveness and the contexts in which particular causal mechanisms operate. This is the approach to evidence synthesis developed by Professor Ray Pawson who was a Visiting Professor at RMIT in 2007. Patricia was engaged to provide expert advice for the realist synthesis methodology for the project.