As the children participating in SEARCH are followed up over 20 years, those collaborating on the study will see how their health has progressed and what factors had an impact. Importantly, as more information is collected and more research published, Aboriginal Medical Services and others can use this to tailor programs and services to their communities.

Research papers
Kilian A, Williamson AB. What is known about pathways to mental health care for Australian Aboriginal young people?: a narrative review. Int J Equity Health. 2018;17(1):12

Andersen MJ, Skinner A, Williamson AB, Fernando P, Wright D. Housing conditions associated with recurrent gastrointestinal infection in urban Aboriginal children in NSW, Australia: findings from SEARCH. Aust N Z J Pub Health. 2018; Online; doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12786

Young C, Craig J, Clapham K, Williams S, Williamson A. Stressful life events and resilience among carers of Aboriginal children in urban New South Wales: cross sectional findings from the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). BMJ Open 2018;8:e021687. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021687

Larkins N, Teixeira-Pinto A, Banks E, Gunasekera H, Cass A, Kearnes J, et al. Blood pressure among Australian Aboriginal children. J Hypertens. 2017;35(9):1801-7

Young C, Tong A, Nixon J, Fernando P, Kalucy D, Sherriff S, et al. Perspectives on childhood resilience among the Aboriginal community: an interview study. Aust N Z J Pub Health. 2017;41(4):405-10

Andersen MJ, Williamson AB, Fernando P, Wright D, Redman S. Housing conditions of urban households with Aboriginal children in NSW Australia: tenure type matters. BMC Public Health. 2017;18(1):70. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4607-y

Young C, Hanson C, Craig JC, Clapham K, Williamson A. Psychosocial factors associated with the mental health of indigenous children living in high income countries: a systematic review. Int J Equity Health. 2017;16(1):153.

Andersen MJ, Williamson AB, Fernando P, Eades S, Redman S. ‘They took the land, now we’re fighting for a house’: Aboriginal perspectives about urban housing disadvantage. Housing Studies. 2017:1-26

Thurber K, Burgess L, Falster K, Banks E, Möller H, Ivers R, Cowell C, Isaac V, Kalucy D, Fernando P, Woodall C, Clapham K. Relation of child, caregiver, and environmental characteristics to childhood injury in an urban Aboriginal cohort in New South Wales, Aust NZ J Public Health. 2017; Online; doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12747


Olsen, A. Lovett, R. Compass: Research to policy and practice. Existing knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities: Key findings and future directions. 2016;1. ISSN: 2204-9622 (print) 2204-9630 (online). Sydney: ANROWS.*

Olsen, A. Lovett, R. Existing knowledge, practice and responses to violence against women in Australian Indigenous communities: State of knowledge paper. 2016; ISSN: 2204-9657 9 (print) 2204-9665 (online). Sydney: ANROWS.*

Andersen MJ, Williamson AB, Fernando P, Redman S, Vincent F. “There’s a housing crisis going on in Sydney for Aboriginal people”: focus group accounts of housing and perceived associations with health. BMC Public Health. 2016:16(1):429.

Young C, Tong A, Sherriff S, Kalucy D, Fernando P, Muthayya S, Craig JC. Building better research partnerships by understanding how Aboriginal health communities perceive and use data: A semistructured interview study. BMJ Open. 2016:6(4):e010792.

Wright D, Gordon R, Carr D, Craig J, Banks E, Muthayya S, Wutzke S, Eades S, Redman S. The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH): A long term platform for closing the gap. Public Health Res Pract (in press).

Williamson A, D’Este C, Clapham K, Redman S, Manton T, Eades S, et al. What are the factors associated with good mental health among Aboriginal children in urban New South Wales, Australia? Phase 1 findings from the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). BMJ Open. 2016:6(7):e011182.

Williamson AB, D’Este CA, Redman S, Clapham KF, Eades SJ, Redman, S, Raphael B. Psychological distress in carers of Aboriginal children in urban New South Wales: findings from SEARCH (phase one). Med J Aust. 2016:205(1):27-32. doi: 10.5694/mja16.00111

Young C, Gunasekera H, Kong K, Purcell A, Muthayya S, Vincent F, Wright D, Gordon R, Bell J, Gillor G, Booker J, Fernando P, Kalucy D, Sherriff S, Tong A, Parter C, Bailey S, Redman S, Banks E, Craig J. A case study of enhanced clinical care embedded in Aboriginal health research: the Hearing, EAr health and Language Services (HEALS) project. Aust N Z J Public Health (under review).*

Andersen M, Williamson A, Fernando P, Eades S, Redman S. The social context for housing disadvantage experienced by urban Aboriginal people: poverty, racism and marginalisation. Housing Studies (under review).


Thurber KA, Dobbins T, Kirk M, Dance P, Banwell C. Early Life Predictors of Increased Body Mass Index among Indigenous Australian Children. PLoS ONE [Internet] 2015;10(6):e0130039 doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0130039.*


Thurber KA, Boxall A-M, Partel K. Overweight and obesity among Indigenous children: individual and social determinants. Canberra: Deeble Institute, 2014.*

Thurber K. Soft drinks / hard evidence: Reducing soft drink intake could have benefits for Indigenous children. The Health Advocate. 2014; June:32–3.*

Thurber KA, Banks E, Banwell C. Cohort Profile: Footprints in Time, the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. Int J Epidemiol [Internet] 2014:1–12 doi:10.1093/ije/dyu122.*

Maddox, R. Davey, R. Lovett, R. Van der Sterren, A. Corbett, J. Cochrane, T. A systematic review protocol: social network analysis of tobacco use. Systematic reviews [Internet] 2014;3(1):85 doi:10.1186/2046-4053-3-85.*

Lovett, R. Dance, P. Guthrie, J. Brown, R. Tongs, J. Walan Girri: developing a model of culturally mediated case management model for problematic alcohol use among urban Indigenous people. Aust Health Rev [Internet] 2014; 38:440–6 doi: 10.1071/AH13148.*

Lovett, R. A history of health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In O. Best & B. Fredericks (Eds.), Yatjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing & Midwifery Care. 2014;(pp31–48). Port Melbourne: Cambridge.*

Thurber K, Banks E, Banwell C. Approaches to maximising the accuracy of anthropometric data on children: review and empirical evaluation using the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. Public Health Res Pract [Internet] 2014;25:e2511407.*

Thurber KA, Bagheri N, Banwell C. Social determinants of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children. Family Matters: Australian Institute of Family Studies. 2014;95:51–61.*


Williamson A, Andersen M, Redman S, Dadds M, D’Este C, et al. Measuring mental health in Indigenous young people: a review of the literature from 1998-2008. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry [Internet] 2013 June;19(2):260–72. doi: 10.1177/1359104513488373

Thurber K. On the right track: Body mass index of children in Footprints in Time.  Footprints in Time: The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children: Report from Wave 4. Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; 2013. p. 50–7.*

Maddox, R., Davey, R., Cochrane, T., Lovett, R., van der Sterren, A. Study protocol – Indigenous Australian social networks and the impact on smoking policy and programs in Australia: protocol for a mixed-method prospective study. BMC Public Health [Internet] 2013; 13:879 doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-879.*

Fforde C, Bamblett L, Lovett R, Gorringe S, Fogarty B. Discourse, deficit and identity: Aboriginality, the race paradigm and the language of representation in contemporary Australia. Media International Australia. 2013;149, 162–173.*

Thurber K. Birthweight and fasting glucose and insulin levels: results from the Aboriginal Birth Cohort Study. Med J Aust [Internet] 2013; 199:743–4 doi: 10.5694/mja13.11022.*


The SEARCH Investigators. The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH): study protocol. BMC Public Health [Internet] 2010 May 28;10:287. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-287

Williamson A, Redman S, Dadds M, Daniels J, D’Este C, Raphael B, et al. The acceptability of an emotional and behavioural screening tool for children in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in urban NSW. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. [Internet] 2010 Oct;44(10):894–900. doi: 10.3109/00048674.2010.489505

Williamson A, Raphael B, Redman S, Daniels J, Eades SJ, et al. Emerging themes in Aboriginal child and adolescent mental health: findings from a qualitative study in Sydney, New South Wales. Med J Aust [Internet] 2010 May 17;192(10):603–5.

Eades S, Taylor B, Bailey S, Williamson A, Craig J, et al. The health of urban Aboriginal people: insufficient data to close the gap. Med J Aust [Internet] 2010 Nov 1;193(9):521–4.

Taylor B, Fernando P, Bauman A, Williamson A, Craig J, et al. Measuring the quality of public open space using Google Earth. Am J Prev Med [Internet] 2011 Feb;40(2):105–12. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.10.024 doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2010.10.024.


Gunasekera H, Morris P, Craig J. Management of children with otitis media: a summary of evidence from recent systematic reviews. J Paed Child Health. 2009;45:554–62 doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01564.

Gunasekera H, Morris P, Daniels J, et al. Otitis media in Aboriginal children: the discordance between burden of illness and access to services in rural/remote and urban Australia. J Paed Child Health. 2009;45:425–30 doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01532.x.

Gunasekera H et al. Management of children with otitis media: a survey of Australian Aboriginal Medical Service practitioners. J Paed Child Health. 2009;45:457–63 doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2009.01545.x.

Gunasekera H, O’Connor TE, Vijayasekaran S, et al. Primary care management of otitis media among Australian children. Med J Aust. 2009;191:S55-S9.

Morris P, Richmond P, Lehmann D, et al. New horizons: otitis media research in Australia. Med J Aust. 2009;191:S73–S7.


Gunasekera H et al. The spectrum and management of otitis media in Australian indigenous and nonindigenous children: a national study. P Inf Dis J. 2007;26:689–92 doi:10.1097/INF.0b013e3180621177.

*This work was partially funded by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APRCRI) to support research capacity building activities within the Centre for Research Excellence in Urban Aboriginal Child Health.