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


Bailey S, Kalucy D, Nixon J, Williamson A, Wright D, Newman J, McNamara M, Muthayya S. Establishing an enduring co-production platform in Aboriginal health. Public Health Res Pract. 2022;32(2):e3222212

Chando, S., Dickson, M., Howell, M., Tong, A., Craig, J.C., Slater, K., Smith, N., Nixon, J., Eades, S.J. and Howard, K., Delivering health programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: carer and staff views on what’s important. Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

Sherriff, S., Kalucy, D., Tong, A., Naqvi, N., Nixon, J., Eades, S., Ingram, T., Slater, K., Dickson, M., Lee, A. and Muthayya, S. Murradambirra Dhangaang (make food secure): Aboriginal community and stakeholder perspectives on food insecurity in urban and regional Australia. BMC Public Health 22, 1066 (2022).


Chando, S, Tong, A, Howell, M, et al. Stakeholder perspectives on the implementation and impact of Indigenous health interventions: A systematic review of qualitative studies. Health Expect. 2021; 00: 113.

Riley T, Lovett R, Banks E, Thandrayen J, Sherriff S, Muthayya S, Spokes L, Wright L, Thurber KA. Markers of chronic disease risk in a cohort of Aboriginal children: findings from the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). Aust N Z J Public Health. 2021 Oct 14. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.13167. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34648223.


Chando S, Craig JC, Burgess L, Sherriff S, Purcell A, Gunasekera H, Banks S, Smith N, Banks E, Woolfenden S. Developmental Risk Among Aboriginal Children Living in Urban Areas in Australia: The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH), BMC Pediatr, 13 Jan 2020, 20 (1), DOI: 10.1186/s12887-019-1902-z

DeLacy, J., Dune, T. & Macdonald, J.J. The social determinants of otitis media in Aboriginal children in Australia: are we addressing the primary causes? A systematic content review. BMC Public Health 20, 492 (2020).

Heris C, Thurber KA, Wright D, Thomas D, Chamberlain C, Gubhaju L, Sherriff S, McNamara B, Banks E, Smith N, Eades S. Staying smoke-free: Factors associated with nonsmoking among urban Aboriginal adolescents in the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH). Health Promot J Austr. 2020 Oct 9. doi: 10.1002/hpja.430.

Miller H, Young C, Nixon J, Talbot-McDonnell M, Cutmore M, Tong A, Craig J, Woolfenden S. Parents’ and carers’ views on factors contributing to the health and wellbeing of urban Aboriginal children, Aust NZ J Public Health. 2020; Online; doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12992

Skinner A, Falster K, Gunasekera H, Burgess L, Sherriff S, Deuis M, Thorn A, Banks E. (2020), Asthma in urban Aboriginal children: A cross‐sectional study of socio‐demographic patterns and associations with pre‐natal and current carer smoking. J Paediatr Child Health. doi:10.1111/jpc.14991


Young C, Craig JC, Clapham K, Banks, S. Williamson, A. The prevalence and protective factors for resilience in adolescent Aboriginal Australians living in urban areas: a cross‐sectional study. Aust NZ J Pub Health, 2019 43: 8-14. doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12853

Kalucy D, Nixon J, Parvizian M, Fernando P, Sherriff S, McMellon J, D’Este C, Eades SJ, Williamson A. Exploring pathways to mental healthcare for urban Aboriginal young people: a qualitative interview study. BMJ Open 2019;9:e025670. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2018-025670

Sherriff S, Miller H, Williamson A, Tong A, Muthayya S, Redman S, Bailey S, Eades S, Haynes A. Building trust and sharing power for co-creation in Aboriginal health research: a stakeholder interview study, Evidence & Policy, Aug 2019, vol 15 no 3, doi: 10.1332/174426419X15524681005401

Sherriff S, Baur L, Lambert M, Dickson M, Eades S, Muthayya S. Aboriginal childhood overweight and obesity: the need for Aboriginal designed and led initiatives, Public Health Res Pract, 4 Dec 2019, 29 (4), DOI: 10.17061/phrp2941925


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. doi: 10.1186/s12939-018-0727-y

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 NZ 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

Gunasekera H, Miller H, Burgess L, Chando S, Sheriff S, Tsembis JD, Kong KM, Coates HLC, Curotta J, Falster K, McIntyre PB, Banks E, Peter NJ, Craig JC. Agreement between diagnoses of otitis media by audiologists and otolaryngologists in Aboriginal Australian children, Med J Aust 2018; 209 (1): 29-35. doi: 10.5694/mja18.00249

Williamson A, Skinner A, Falster K, Clapham K, Eades SJ, Banks E. Mental health-related emergency department presentations and hospital admissions in a cohort of urban Aboriginal children and adolescents in New South Wales, Australia: findings from SEARCH. BMJ Open 2018;8:e023544. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023544


Larkins N, Teixeira-Pinto A, Banks E, Gunasekera H, Cass A, Kearnes J, Craig JC, SEARCH Investigators. Blood pressure among Australian Aboriginal children. J Hypertens. 2017;35(9):1801-7. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000001401

Young C, Tong A, Nixon J, Fernando P, Kalucy D, Sherriff S, Clapham K, Craig JC, Williamson A. Perspectives on childhood resilience among the Aboriginal community: an interview study. Aust NZ 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. doi: 10.1186/s12939-017-0652-5

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. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1374357

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

Young C, Tong A, Gunasekera H, Sherriff S, Kalucy D, Fernando, P. and Craig, JC. Health professional and community perspectives on reducing barriers to accessing specialist health care in metropolitan Aboriginal communities: A semi‐structured interview study. J Paediatr Child Health, 2017, 53: 277-282. doi:10.1111/jpc.13374


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 JC, Banks E, Muthayya S, Wutzke S, Eades SJ, Redman S, on behalf of the SEARCH collaborators. The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH): a long-term platform for closing the gap. Public Health Res Pract. 2016;26(3):e2631635). doi: 10.17061/phrp2631635

Williamson A, D’Este C, Clapham K, Redman S, Manton T, Eades S, Schuster L, Raphael, B. 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. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011182

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 NZ J Public Health, Dec 2016;40(6):523-528. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12586


Williamson A, Andersen M, Redman S, Dadds M, D’Este C, Daniels J, Eades S, Raphael B. 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


Taylor B, Fernando P, Bauman A, Williamson A, Craig JC, Redman S. 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


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, Eades S, Skinner T. The acceptability of an emotional and behavioural screening tool for children in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in urban NSW. Aust NZ 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, Mayers N. 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, Redman S, SEARCH Investigators. The health of urban Aboriginal people: insufficient data to close the gap. Med J Aust [Internet] 2010 Nov 1;193(9):521–4.


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, Couzos S, Craig JC. 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, Morris P, Daniels J, Couzos S, Craig JC. 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, Del Mar CB. Primary care management of otitis media among Australian children. Med J Aust. 2009;191:S55-S9.

Morris P, Richmond P, Lehmann D, Leach AJ, Gunasekera H, Coates HLC. New horizons: otitis media research in Australia. Med J Aust. 2009;191:S73–S7.


Gunasekera H, Knox S, Morris P, Britt H, McIntyre P, Craig JC. 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.