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We seek to understand, and support evidence-based public policy and solutions. We evaluate. We collaborate.

A strength is our partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers. We see it as a great privilege to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations, using a mixed methods approach to develop an appropriate research framework. We include Aboriginal methods of evaluation and Aboriginal ways of being, knowing and doing.

When we work in this space, we ensure it is an Aboriginal-led project team, with Aboriginal values shaping the work. We know that:

  • Aboriginal people have a holistic understanding of health, and work beyond physical issues to include social, emotional, mental, spiritual and historical factors[1]
  • the health of Aboriginal people is influenced by many factors and needs action by individuals, services, policies and society[2]
  • there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution, because Aboriginal people, communities and their experiences are diverse[3]
  • Aboriginal people have the right to shape how decisions are made[4]
  • traumas have occurred because of past policies, and some Aboriginal people do not trust governments and services[5]
  • when the strengths of Aboriginal culture and local communities are identified and drawn on, rather than negatives and gaps, health solutions become clearer[6].

In all cases, we work with the client to understand the broader aim of the research, the environment in which the research will take place and how the evidence developed will be translated into policy and practice.

Mark is a member of the Australian Evaluation Society.


[1] National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. (2011). Constitution for the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. Retrieved from

[2] Jackson Pulver, L., Williams, M., Fitzpatrick, S. (2019). Social determinants of Australia’s first peoples’ health: A multi-level empowerment perspective. In P. Liamputtong (Ed.), Social determinants of health, (pp. 175-214). Docklands, Victoria: Oxford University Press

[3] Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. (2018). Indigenous Australians: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Retrieved from

[4] United Nations. (2007). United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Geneva: United Nations

[5] Bennett, B., Green, S., Gilbert, S., & Bessarab, D. (Eds.). (2013). Our voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work. Melbourne: Palgrave

[6] Fogarty, W., Lovell, M., Lagenberg, J., & Heron, M-J. (2018). Deficit discourse and strengths-based approaches: Changing the narrative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. Melbourne: Lowitja Institute

Our Research:


Murri Binda evaluation

Client: Murri Binda

Murri Binda is a consortium of services in central Queensland that formed in 2019. It comprises:

  • Bidgerii Community Health Service
  • Helem Yumba Central Queensland Healing ...
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Journal article: The impact of smoking cessation on schizophrenia and major depression

Australasian Psychiatry 2013: 21(3); 238-245

Ragg M, Gordon R, Ahmed T & Allan J.

Objective: This review sought to determine whether quitting smoking behaviour places ...
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Journal article: Citation bias in reported smoking prevalence in people with schizophrenia

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2009: 43; 277-282

Chapman S, Ragg M, McGeechan K

Objective: A meta-analysis of 42 studies on tobacco smoking among ...
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Evaluation of service-learning in Aboriginal communities

Client: Sydney University

In 2016-17, 90 students from Sydney University took part in four service-learning placements in three Aboriginal community-controlled organisations – Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly in western NSW, and the Tiwi Islands Regional ...
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Planning the UTS Graduate School of Health

Client: UTS

UTS had plans to develop a new Graduate School of Health. It engaged Ragg & Co several times over a period of years to advise on the initial choice ...
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