Qualitative Research Network Hub launches at UNSW

A new hub to strengthen qualitative research has launched at UNSW, opening its workshops and seminars to researchers from all over Australia and overseas.


UNSW Qualitative Research Network (QRN) Hub directors Dr Husna Razee, Dr Sally Nathan and Professor Katherine Boydell.

Indonesian researchers and representatives from Aboriginal health services were among attendees at the inaugural workshop of the UNSW Qualitative Research Network (QRN) Hub.

The QRN Hub aims to expand and strengthen scholarship in the rigorous application and use of qualitative research methods at UNSW and will extend its training and seminars to partners and collaborators in Australia and internationally.

Demand for the first workshop exceeded expectations – with attendees including UNSW students and staff, as well as health workers from Sydney and elsewhere in NSW, and a delegation from Indonesia as part of the 2017 UNSW-Indonesia Seed Fund.

The three researchers – two from the National Institute of Health Research and Development in the Ministry of Health, Jakarta, and one from Universitas Islam Bandung, in West Java – are working on an integrated approach to adolescent health issues in Indonesia.

The project with the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) will use the 2015 Indonesian Global School-Based Health Survey as the basis for a grant proposal and policy recommendations to the World Health Organization Indonesia.

Also taking part in the workshop were three participants from Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations working with the SPHCM, including the Chief Executive Officer of the Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Service Incorporated, the Programs Manager and Public Health Policy Officer from the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT and academics from Western Sydney University.

The QRN Hub is funded by the UNSW Research Division and guided by an advisory panel of members in the Faculties of Medicine, Arts and Social Sciences, Built Environment and Law, in addition to research centres: The Black Dog Institute, The Kirby Institute, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, the Centre for Social Research in Health, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity and the Social Policy Research Centre.

All workshops and seminars are open to people across UNSW and the wider research and practice community. For more information, go to the website.