Brian Arley

Community Engagement and Communications Officer, Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Disease Division


Bachelor of Arts – Journalism (Double Major & Communications Major), 1991, University of Queensland, St Lucia




Brian Arley is a Torres Strait Islander (Tudu) man from Daru Island and resides in Brisbane.

Brian is currently a Community Engagement and Communications Officer (Oct 2013-present) at Menzies School of Health Research, Brisbane.

Brian has led focus group research with both patients and health professionals for the National Indigenous Bowel Cancer Screening Program, What Matters study; Out of Pocket Cancer Care Costs study; B.strong Brief Intervention program ($2.4M) and the Indigenous male Stories of Survival study with Menzies. He is a member of the Inala Community Jury (2018-present).

He was Lead Researcher (Winangali-Ipsos Eureka - Oct 2009–June 2010) for the largest Indigenous Australian qualitative research project conducted to report Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s and key service providers’, views of and experiences with chronic disease risk factors and prevention and smoking cessation. He conducted focus group research and interviews in WA, SA, NT, Vic and Qld; this project underpinned the Australian government’s $340M Indigenous Chronic Disease Package in 2011.

He was Program Director (2006 - 2008) of the $13.97M Alcohol and Other Substances Demand Reduction Program (DRP), Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Dept of Communities, Qld State Government.

Research Themes
  1. M Bernardes, C., C Valery, P., Arley, B., Pratt, G., Medlin, L., & Meiklejohn, J. A. (2020). Empowering Voice through the Creation of a Safe Space: An Experience of Aboriginal Women in Regional Queensland. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(5), 1476. doi:10.3390/ijerph17051476
  2. Valery, P.C., Bernardes, C.M., de Witt, A. et al. (2020) Patterns of primary health care service use of Indigenous Australians diagnosed with cancer. Support Care Cancer 28, 317–327
  3. Meiklejohn JA, Arley BD, Pratt G, Valery PC, Bernardes CM. (2019) 'We just don’t talk about it': Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' perceptions of cancer in regional Queensland. Rural and Remote Health 2019; 19: 4789. 4
  4. Meiklejohn JA, Garvey G, Bailie R, Walpole E, Adams J, Williamson D, Martin J, Bernardes CM, Arley B, Marcusson B, Valery PC. (2017) Follow-up cancer care: perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. Doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3563-x
  5. Meiklejohn JA, Arley B, Bailie R, Adams J, Garvey G, Martin JH, Walpole ET, Valery PC (2018) Community-identified recommendations to enhance cancer survivorship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Journal of Primary Health. epub 28 May 2018. doi: 10.1071/PY17127
  6. de Witt A, Cunningham FC, Bailie R, Bernardes CM, Matthews V, Arley B, Meiklejohn JA, Garvey G, Adams J, Martin JH, Walpole ET, Williamson D and Valery PC (2017) Identification of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Patients in the Primary Health Care Setting. Front. Public Health 5:199. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00199
  7. Meiklejohn, J. A., Garvey, G., Bailie, R., Walpole, E., Adams, J., Williamson, D., Martin, J., Bernardes, C. M., Arley, B., Marcusson, B., & Valery, P. C. (2017). Follow-up cancer care: perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer survivors. Supportive care in cancer : official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, 25(5), 1597–1605.
  8. The development of an Indigenous cancer network: Lessons learned - Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention 25 (3 Supplement): A17-A17 · March 2016
  9. Arley, B (2001). Consulting Indigenous Communities over Telecommunications Projects - 2001 Dept of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, AGPS, Canberra
  10. Arley, B (1998) Island Watch: The New Frontline in Telecommunications for the Torres Strait, Media Information Australia - 1998, No. 88, pp. 67-77
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