Indigenous Education and Research Centre Torres Strait Islander Research to Policy & Practice Hub Meriba buay – ngalpan wakaythoemamay (We come together to share our thinking)

Meriba buay – ngalpan wakaythoemamay (We come together to share our thinking)

Evaluating a community of practice for Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing

Timeframe: 2017 to 2019

Funded by: The Lowitja Institute


  • Dr Felecia Watkin-Lui (Project Lead – JCU)
  • Dr Sanchia Shibasaki (SenseMakers 4 Smarter Care)
  • Dr Cass Hunter (CSIRO)
  • Dr Shaun Taylor (QHealth)
  • Dr Daniel Grainger (JCU)
  • Dr Vinnitta Mosby (JCU)
  • Mrs Juanita Sellwood (JCU)
  • Mr Al Harvey (UQ)
  • Ms Margaret Harvey (Monash University)
  • Ms Lynda Ah Mat (JCU)


  • Evaluate how a Community of Practice (CoP) can best   assist Torres Strait Islander researchers and community members to build   research knowledge translation capability.
  • Enhance social capital through the mobilisation of   knowledge about adaptability and resilience initiatives and strategies to   address natural environment concerns relating to Torres Strait Islander people.

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International collaboration with knowledge mobilisers in Canada in 2018 includes:

  • York University, Toronto, Ontario,   Canada
    • Dr David Phipps
    • Michael Johnny
  • University of Winnipeg, Manitoba,   Canada
    • Jill Condra (Organiser: 204-294-9042)
    • Alana Lajoie-O’Malley
    • Danny Blair
    • Ian Mauro
    • Melanie Christine Zurba
    • Ryan Bullock
  • Ontario Federation of Indigenous   Friendship Centre – Research Team
  • Centre of Addiction and Mental Health
  • Toronto Knowledge Transfer and   Exchange Community of Practice
  • University of Guelph
    • Elizabeth Shantz
    • Rebecca Moore
    • Melissa MacKay
    • Elin Gwyn
    • Travis Sztainert (from Gambling Research Exchange Ontario)



  • Watkin Lui, F. and Shibasaki, S. Meriba buay ngalpan wakathoemamay – We Come Together to Share Our Thinking: A Torres   Strait Islander Researchers Community of Practice. 2018 Canadian Knowledge   Mobilization Forum, 11 June 2018. Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • How do you do knowledge translation that works? - Meriba buay (We come together to share our thinking)
  • Shibasaki, S. 2018. Meriba buay - ngalpan wakaythoemamay
    (We come together to share our thinking) Evaluating a Community of Practice for Torres Strait Islander Health and Well-being. Public Seminar, The Australian Association for Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. ACT.

Media articles:

  • Culture Clings to a Life Buoy

  • Profiling Torres Strait Islander solutions for   environmental sustainability


Project video

The project team thanks all artists and photographers featured in this video, as well as the Japan Meteorological Agency for use of the initial image of the globe based on stunning time lapse video of Earth from space ( and the Torres Strait Island Regional Council for permission to use an image of rising sea levels. Video produced and directed by the Jo Ze Sparks.