Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Teresa Senserrick
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health
Dr Natalie Watson-Brown
Research Associate
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health


Travelling safely, which underlies access and connectedness, key to positive health, education and employment outcomes, is often taken for granted. Yet many low socioeconomic, disadvantaged groups across Australia struggle to gain a driver licence or have access to public transport. This includes First Nations peoples and communities, for which culturally safe programs are lacking and there is often a disconnect in mainstream road safety initiatives.

Our team at CARRS-Q is running several projects to address this, applying participatory, Indigenist research methods to collaborate with disadvantaged groups to develop appropriate support programs. Applicants will work together with our First Nations researcher and steering committee partners on their projects of interest, which include: developing road safety plans and education programs with discrete First Nations communities; developing diversionary programs from custody for unlicensed driving offenders; and progressing driver licensing processes for unlicensed driving offenders in custody.

Based on choice of projects, a broad experience of research methods is available, include yarning with community and steering committee partners, including Elders, driving schools, government, police, insurance and policy representatives; stakeholder surveys; desktop review of programs and resources and literature review; and writing ethics applications, position papers, journal articles and grant proposals. Depending on timing and COVID-19, this might include travel opportunities within Queensland.

Research activities

Research activities include:

  • preparing ethics application
  • participant recruitment
  • data collection
  • data entry
  • data analysis
  • drafting or revising conference papers or journal articles.


Outcomes of this research will be at least one peer-reviewed publication.

Skills and experience

Familiarity with internet searches and writing skills are an advantage, with training and mentoring provided.

First Nations applicants are encouraged to apply.


You may be eligible to apply for a research scholarship.

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