During 2020 and 2021 we were lucky enough to have Ngarrindjeri man James Hill working with our team at CCI through the Aboriginal Cadetship Program, which provides an opportunity for Aboriginal people to gain paid work experiencing while completing an undergraduate degree. James was an invaluable member of our team during this time and contributed to important research looking at positive outcomes from integrating telehealth into routine clinical practice for eating disorders during COVID-19 (you can read more about this here).
James is currently completing a PhD through the University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute and was recently recognised through the Western Australian Premier’s Science Awards as the Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year. This award recognises an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander undergraduate or postgraduate student who demonstrates excellence in STEM studies and these awards are a keystone in the Western Australian government’s efforts to raise the profile of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Western Australia.
James’ research investigates how negative attitudes and actions (stigma) relate to the disproportionately poor mental health outcomes of trans and gender diverse young people. Improving understanding of this group’s experiences is essential for creating targeted interventions. James’ goals is to become a research and clinical psychologist and work with Indigenous and LGBTQAI+ people to assist them in living full and healthy lives. He believes that engaging with communities and learning from lived experience is imperative for the development and creation of interventions.
You can find out more about James and his research here or watch a brief video here.
CCI are so proud of James’ achievement and recognise what a valuable member of our team he has been over the past two years.
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