Menzies School of Health Research
Grace Ward is a Brief Intervention Training Facilitator with the B.strong Program based at Menzies School of Health Brisbane office. She is of Aboriginal descent from South West Queensland, Kamilaroi from her Father’s family and Yuwaalaraay from her Mother’s, and has worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and Diabetes Educator in services and communities across Queensland. Grace is a well-respected and trusted member of many communities throughout Queensland.
Grace has extensive experience delivering programs and training to Community members in urban, regional and remote areas of Queensland, including staff from Aboriginal Medical Services, Primary Health Networks, Correctional Services, Queensland Health and private organisations. Through her earlier work as a Diabetes Educator, Grace has a deep understanding of the importance of lifestyle behaviours and their impact on health. As a B.strong Training Facilitator she has been instrumental in building connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Queensland making strong connections with Communities and local services (i.e. both government and non-government).
Grace’s extensive experience working with communities across the State ensures that she is able to support services embedding brief intervention as part of core business, tackling unhealthy lifestyle behaviours at the earliest contact point to prevent longer term chronic illness.
In her position as Brief Intervention Training Facilitator, Grace draws on her extensive experience with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services, practitioners, and their clients to impart knowledge about brief interventions and the importance of embedding B.strong across the system to increase professionals’ ability to address multiple lifestyle factors with their clients.