Ben Christie

Project Officer

Qualifications:

Certificate Program, eCornell University, 2018 Plant-Based Nutrition; Bachelor of Health Science, Charles Darwin University, 2017;

Location:

Darwin Royal Darwin Hospital

Biography:

Ben has been working in the Alcohol and Other Drugs, Gambling (AODG) unit at Menzies School of Health since 2018. In this time, he has supported over $2 million in competitive research grants and evaluation consultancies; and has won several accolades for his career and professional achievements. This includes a range of research and capacity building projects relating to health literacy, Indigenous health, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), social and emotional wellbeing, and youth justice reinvestment.

Previous to this role he was a life skill development worker at the Council for Aboriginal alcohol program service Aboriginal Corporation; project officer for a Community Engagement Initiative within the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Indigenous Leadership (OPVC-Il) at Charles Darwin University (CDU); and a patient carer at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

Ben is a born local in the Northern Territory with the fluent community and intercultural awareness, and acquires strong diverse workplace experiences in healthcare services, including patient care, medical records and administration, emergency provisions, and intensive care training. His keen interest for better social justice has led to a range of collaborations towards youth groups with a focus on mental health, addiction and lifestyle medicine. Ben aspires to bring nutrition into medical education and research

  • Promising practice service approaches to improving social and emotional wellbeing among Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people with severe and complex mental health needs 
  • Evaluation of a Peer-Led Education Pilot for people who experience severe and complex mental health illness in Darwin
  • The Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN) Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Program
  • Health literacy among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in the Northern Territory: Understanding the intersections with gender and cultural identity
  • Katherine Youth Justice Reinvestment Project

1. Smith, J, Allison, F, Christie, B, Robertson, K, Clifford, S & Ireland, S 2018, Katherine Youth Justice Reinvestment Project: Mid-Term Report, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin.

2. Smith, J., Allison, F., Christie, B., Clifford, S., Robertson, K., Ireland, S. & Wallace, T. (2019). Katherine Youth Justice Reinvestment: Final Report. Report prepared for the Australian Red Cross on behalf of the Katherine Youth Justice Reinvestment Group. Darwin, Menzies School of Health Research.

3. Stephens, D., Clifford, S., Mellor, R., van de Ven, K., Ritter, A., Smith, J.A., D’Abbs, P., Stevens, M., Dyall, D. & Christie, B. (2019). Demand Study for Alcohol Treatment Services in the Northern Territory. Darwin, Menzies School of Health Research.

4. Smith, J., Christie, B., Bonson, J., Adams, M., Osborne, R., Judd, B., Drummond, M., Aanundsen, D. & Fleay, J. (2019). Health literacy among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in the Northern Territory. Report prepared for the Lowitja Institute. Darwin, Menzies School of Health Research (attached).

5. Smith, J., Drummond, M., Adams, M., Bonson, J. & Christie, B. (2019). Understanding men’s health inequities in Australia (Chapter 31, p498-509) In D. Griffiths, M. Bruce & R. Thorpe (Ed), Handbook on Men’s Health Disparities. New York, Routledge

Find these publications at Pubmed or visit our Publications Library
  1. Health survey of male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in the NT

    Health survey of male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in the NT

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    The Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Gambling (AODG) Unit at Menzies School of Health Research is leading a research project relating to Health Literacy Among Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Males in the NT.

  2. BEN CHRISTIE WINS TERRITORY AWARD

    BEN CHRISTIE WINS TERRITORY AWARD

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    Ben Christie has won the prestigious McDonalds NT Career Achievement Award at the 2019 Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards.

  3. MENZIES SCHOOL OF HEALTH RESEARCH RECOGNISED WITH NATIONAL AWARD

    MENZIES SCHOOL OF HEALTH RESEARCH RECOGNISED WITH NATIONAL AWARD

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    Menzies School of Health Research, has won the Research Award at the 2019 National Alcohol and Other Drugs Excellence and Innovation Awards in Melbourne.

  4. Campus Morning Mail | The Alcohol and Drug Foundation 2019 research award goes to Menzies School of Health Research

    Campus Morning Mail | The Alcohol and Drug Foundation 2019 research award goes to Menzies School of Health Research

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    The Alcohol and Drug Foundation 2019 research award goes to the Alcohol, Other Drugs and Gambling Team at the Menzies School of Health Research, in Darwin