Professor Gary Robinson

Director, Centre for Child Development and Education

Qualifications:

PhD, University of New South Wales, 1993; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of New South Wales, 1984.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Principal Supervisor for PhD

Location:

Darwin – Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus

Biography:
 
Professor Gary Robinson leads the Indigenous Parenting and Family Research and the Suicide Prevention Research themes in the Centre for Child Development and Education.

He has led the evaluation of health, mental health and educational initiatives in the Northern territory, including the Tiwi Coordinated Care Trial (1997-2004) and the National Accelerated Literacy Program (2004-2009). He has conducted long term ethnographic field research into Aboriginal adolescence, family relationships, parenting, suicide and self harm.

He has been responsible for the development and evaluation of school-based early intervention and prevention programs for Indigenous children and parents in urban and remote communities, with the program 'Ngaripirliga’ajirri' in partnership with the Tiwi Health Board and others, (2000-2004) and the Let’s Start Parent-Child Program (2005-2013).

In 2012, he led consultations to develop a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and is currently chief investigator of a study of outcomes of admissions for deliberate self harm in Northern Territory hospitals.
 
  • Outcomes of self harm: a study of outcomes of admission for deliberate self harm in NT Hospitals (beyondblue inc and NT Department of Health, 2013-2015)
  • Mura Kazil Sagul: a capacity building partnership to support children and parents in the Torres Strait (Torres Strait Regional Authority and Mura Kosker Sorority Inc., 2013-2014)
  • The Let’s Start Parent-Child Program (Commonwealth Department of Families and Housing and Indigenous Affairs, 2005-2014)
  • The Let’s Start Parent-Child Program (Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 2011-2013)
  • Review and consultations for the development of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy. Department of Health and Ageing (tendered contract, 2012-2013).
  1. Robinson, R.W., Tyler, W.B., Silburn, S.R. & Zubrick, S.R. (2012). Gender, Culture and Intervention: Exploring Differences between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Children’s Responses to an Early Intervention Programme. Children and Society, doi:10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00424.x [epub ahead of print]
  2. Robinson, R.W., Tyler, W.B., Jones, Y., Silburn, S.R. & Zubrick, S.R. (2012). Context, Diversity and Engagement: Early Intervention with Australian Aboriginal Families in Urban and Remote Contexts. Children and Society, 26(5), 343-355.
  3. Mares, S. & Robinson, G. (2012). Culture, Context and Therapeutic Process: Delivering a parent-child intervention in a remote Aboriginal community. Australasian Psychiatry, 20(2), 102-107.
  4. Nagel, T., Robinson, R., Condon, J. & Trauer, T. (2009). Approach to treatment of mental illness and substance dependence in remote Indigenous communities: Results of a mixed methods study. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 17(4), 174-182.
  5. Robinson, G., Eickelkamp, U., Goodenow, J., Katz, I., Eds. (2008). Contexts of child development: Culture, policy and intervention. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press.
  6. Robinson, G. & Tyler, W. (2008). Ngaripirliga'ajirri: Implementation of Exploring Together on the Tiwi Islands. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health (AeJAMH), 7(1), 61-71.
  7. Bailie, R.S., Robinson, G., Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, S.N., Halpin, S. & Wang, Z.. (2006). Investigating the sustainability of outcomes in a chronic disease treatment programme. Social Science & Medicine, 63(6), 1661-1670.
  8. Robinson, G. 2005. Anthropology, explanation and intervention: Risk and resilience in a parent-and child-focused program. Anthropological Forum 15(1), 3-25.
  9. Robinson, G. (2004). Living in sheds: suicide, friendship and research among the Tiwi. In J. Mulcock and L. Hume (Eds), Anthropologists in the Field: Cases in participant observation (pp 153-167). New York: Columbia University Press.
  10. Robinson, G. (1990). Separation, retaliation and suicide: Mourning and the conflicts of young Tiwi men. Oceania, 60(3), 161-178.
Click here to view more Gary Robinson publications in PubMed.
  1. ABC Radio AM | Belyuen Hip Hop on Mental Health

    ABC Radio AM | Belyuen Hip Hop on Mental Health

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    Teenagers in the Northern Territory Aboriginal community of Belyuen say they hope their hip hop video clip about mental illness will encourage other kids to be open about their problems. Professor Gary Robinson Director, Menzies Centre for Child Development and Education praised their efforts.

  2. Teenagers make hip hop clip about mental illness

    Teenagers make hip hop clip about mental illness

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    Teenagers in the Northern Territory Aboriginal community of Belyuen say they hope their hip hop video clip about mental illness will encourage other kids to be open about their problems. Professor Gary Robinson from the Menzies School of Health Research commented on the ABC report "It's very important to promote the ability to seek help, but also more importantly to reflect on and express your feelings to other people, to be willing to listen to friends who are in trouble who are having difficulty expressing their emotions, letting people know they're going through a tough time."

  3. Menzies centre tackles Indigenous youth suicide this World Suicide Prevention Day

    Menzies centre tackles Indigenous youth suicide this World Suicide Prevention Day

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    A Northern Territory-based research project aimed at curbing high rates of Indigenous youth suicide will expand its critical work following a funding announcement made to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day (Wednesday, 10 September).

  4. Specialist supports the role of culture in communities to keep kids safe this National ATSI Children’s Day

    Specialist supports the role of culture in communities to keep kids safe this National ATSI Children’s Day

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    To mark National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children's Day 2014 (Monday, 4 August), one of Australia’s leading child development specialists has emphasised the importance of culture in the education and development of Indigenous children.

  5. Let's Start in the Tiwis

    Let's Start in the Tiwis

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    A program for pre-school aged kids with behavioural problems nurtures stronger relationships between parents and children.

  6. New study to investigate drivers of Indigenous suicide

    New study to investigate drivers of Indigenous suicide

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    The Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) will investigate the key drivers of suicide attempts and opportunities for prevention amongst Indigenous Australians in a new study.

  7. Fighting For Life

    Fighting For Life

    Our researchers traverse the country to speak to communities about preventing Indigenous suicide.

  8. National consultations seek answers to Indigenous suicide

    National consultations seek answers to Indigenous suicide

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    The Menzies School of Health Research will this week embark on a nationwide consultation on the development of Australia’s first national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy.

  9. Confronting the scourge of Indigenous Suicide

    Confronting the scourge of Indigenous Suicide

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    In June this year, the Menzies School of Health Research welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to appoint it to help develop the nation’s first National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy.

  10. Menzies to lead development of Australia's first National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy

    Menzies to lead development of Australia's first National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy

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    Menzies School of Health Research has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to appoint it to help develop the nation’s first National Indigenous Suicide Prevention Strategy.