Carrington Shepherd

 Carrington  Shepherd

PhD
Post-doctoral researcher, Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing

Areas of research expertise: Population health; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; Social inequalities in health; child mortality.

 

Carrington is an experienced quantitative researcher who has been associated with the Telethon Institute since 2005. He was awarded his doctorate in 2013, which examined the role of socioeconomic factors on the health and development of Aboriginal populations-this is one of the few studies internationally to explicitly look at the socioeconomic patterning of health in an Indigenous population, and the first to examine these patterns among Aboriginal children using population-representative data.

 

Carrington has a passionate interest in bridging the knowledge gap on social inequalities in Aboriginal health in Australia and his research explores how social determinants and pathways can lead to enhanced life outcomes. He also leads the Child Mortality Database (CMD) project and is using unique population data to investigate ways of reducing preventable and unexplained deaths in the early life course.

 

Recent publications

  • Dudgeon P, Walker R, Scrine C, Shepherd CCJ, Calma T, Ring I. Effective strategies to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Issues paper no. 12 produced for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse [in press]. Canberra & Melbourne: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Australian Institute of Family Studies; 2014.
  • Farrant BM, Shepherd CCJ, Walker RD, Pearson GC. Early Vocabulary Development of Australian Indigenous Children: Identifying Strengths. Child Development Research. 2014; 2014:7.
  • Walker R, Scrine C, Shepherd CCJ. Conducting research with Aboriginal organisations and communities. Paramatta, New South Wales: UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families; 2014.
  • Zubrick SR, Shepherd CCJ, Dudgeon P, Gee G, Kelly K, Paradies Y, Scrine C, Walker R. Social Determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing. In: Dudgeon P, Walker R, Milroy H, editors. Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice, Second Edition. Perth: Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; 2014.
  • Shepherd CCJ, Langridge A, Freemantle J, Alpers K, Read A, de Klerk N. Patterns and trends in mortality of Western Australian infants, children and young people 1980-2008. The Department for Child Protection, Government of Western Australia; 2013.
  • Hancock K, Shepherd CCJ, Lawrence D, Zubrick SR. Student Attendance and Educational Outcomes. Canberra: Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations; 2013.
  • Shepherd CCJ, Zubrick SR. What shapes the development of Indigenous children? In B. Hunter and N. Biddle. Survey Analysis for Indigenous Policy in Australia: Social Science Perspectives, CAEPR Research Monograph No. 32. Canberra: ANU E-Press; 2012
  • Cromie EAS, Shepherd CCJ, Zubrick SR, Oddy WH. Breastfeeding Duration and Residential Isolation amid Aboriginal Children in Western Australia. Nutrients; 2012: 4; 2020-2034.
  • Shepherd CCJ, Li J, Zubrick SR. Socioeconomic disparities in the mental health of Indigenous children in Western Australia. BMC Public Health; 2012: 12; 756.
  • Shepherd CCJ, Li J, Zubrick SR. Social Gradients in the Health of Indigenous Australians. American Journal of Public Health; 2012: 102(1); 107-117.
  • Shepherd CCJ, Li J, Zubrick SR. Socioeconomic disparities in physical health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Western Australia; Ethnicity & Health; 2012: DOI:10.1080/13557858.2012.654768.
  • Freemantle J, Heffernan B, Alpers K, Read A, Shepherd CCJ, de Klerk N. The Second Research Report: Patterns and trends in mortality of Western Australian infants, children and young people 2004-2005. The Department for Child Protection, Government of Western Australia; 2010.
  • Boyle T, Shepherd CCJ, Pearson G, Monteiro H, McAullay D, Economo K, Stewart S. Awareness and impact of the 'Bubblewrap' advertising campaign among Aboriginal smokers in Western Australia. Tobacco Control; 2010: 19(1); 83-86.
  • Silburn S, Brinkman S, Ferguson-Hill S, Styles I, Walker R, Shepherd C. The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) Indigenous Adaptation Study. Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; 2009.
  • Shepherd C, Walker R. Engaging Indigenous Families in Preparing their Children for School. Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth; 2008.
  • Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, De Maio J, Shepherd C, Griffin JA, Dalby RB, Mitrou FG, Lawrence DM, Haywood C, Pearson G. The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Are there any Policy Implications? In: Robinson G, Eickelkamp U, Goodnow J, Katz I, editors. Contexts of Child Development - Culture, Policy and Intervention. Darwin: Charles Darwin University; 2008.
  • Walker R, Shepherd C. Strengthening Aboriginal Family Functioning - What Works and Why. [online] Australian Institute of Family Studies; 2008; Available from: URL: http://www.aifs.gov.au/afrc/pubs/briefing/briefing7.html.
  • Walker R, Scrine C, Shepherd C. Job Aspirations for Young Indigenous People in the East Kimberley: Making New Tracks. Kulunga Research Network, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research; 2008.
  • Shepherd C, Kulunga Research Network. National Indigenous Education: An Overview of Issues, Policies and the Evidence Base. [online] Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth; 2007; Available from: URL: http://www.aracy.org.au/publications-resources/command/download_file/id/115/filename/National_indigenous_education_-_An_overview_of_issues,_policies_and_the_evidence_base.pdf.
  • Silburn SR, Zubrick SR, De Maio J, Shepherd C, Griffin JA, Mitrou FG, Dalby RB, Haywood C, Pearson G. The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Strengthening the Capacity of Aboriginal Children, Families and Communities. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, 2006.
  • Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, De Maio J, Shepherd C, Griffin JA, Dalby RB, Mitrou FG, Lawrence DM, Haywood C, Pearson G, Milroy H, Milroy J, Cox A. The Western Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey: Improving the Educational Experiences of Aboriginal Children and Young People. Perth: Curtin University of Technology and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, 2006.

 Other Publications

  • Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Gurrin L, Teoh H, Shepherd C, Carlton J, Lawrence D. Western Australian Child Health Survey: Education, Health and Competence. Perth, Western Australia: ABS and the TVW Telethon ICHR, 1997.
  • Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Garton A, Gurrin L, Burton P, Dalby R, Carlton J, Shepherd C, Lawrence D. Western Australian Child Health Survey: Family and Community Health. Perth, Western Australia: ABS and the TVW Telethon ICHR, 1996.
  • Zubrick SR, Silburn SR, Garton A, Burton P, Dalby R, Carlton J, Shepherd C, Lawrence D. Western Australian Child Health Survey: Developing Health and Well-being in the Nineties. Perth, Western Australia: ABS and ICHR, 1995

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