I CaRe WA - Indigenous Child Removals WA

Project Details

The overall aims of the project were to identify factors that helped reduce the number of Aboriginal children going into out-of-home care and ways to better support families at risk, children in care and kinship carers. The project includes analysis of linked administrative data (the linked data component) and interviews, focus groups and a questionnaire (the qualitative component).

The project aimed to provide detailed contemporary data about contact with Aboriginal children in Western Australia and the child protection system (focusing on clustering within families and geographical areas), identify the intergenerational health predictors of children and families before entering out-of-home care and health outcomes of the children before and after entering care.

The project also aimed to explore the views and perspectives of Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal primary care providers on ways to better support families at risk of having their children removed and kinship carers, ways to increase kinship carer arrangements and the experiences of kinship carers of providing out-of-home care to Aboriginal children.


Professor Sandra Eades - Indigenous Epidemiology and Health Unit Head

Associate Professor Richard Chenhall - Associate Professor Medical Anthropology

Dr Alison Gibberd - Research Fellow

Dr Lina Gubhaju - Research Fellow

Dr Bridgette McNamara - Senior Research Fellow

Dr Koen Simons - Research Fellow

Professor Julie Simpson - Professor in Biostatistics

Dr Robyn Williams - Senior Research Fellow (WA-based)

Dr Jocelyn Jones - Senior Research Fellow (WA-based)

Ben Harrap - PhD Candidate


NHMRC Project Grant  [GNT1162968 2019-2022] - Predicting and preventing child removals and optimising the child protection system for Aboriginal children in partnership with Aboriginal communities and health services.

Research Publications

Cumulative incidence of child protection system contacts among a cohort of Western Australian Aboriginal children born 2000 to 2013

Research Group

Indigenous Epidemiology and Health

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology, Child Health

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care, Data science, health metrics and disease modeling

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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