Grant Recipients 2024

In 2024, six grants were awarded across three categories, totalling $20,000.

Use the links below to read about the open textbook projects funded in each category:


Category: Kickstarter

Connecting Stories: Understanding Indigenous Knowledge and Values

Ashley van den Heuvel (née Harrison) (University of Canberra)
Dr Wendy Somerville (University of Canberra)
Andraya Stapp Gaunt (University of Canberra)
Lisa Fuller (University of Canberra)
Delephene Fraser (University of Canberra)

This textbook has been conceptualised to bring together the experiences and perspectives of a diverse group of Indigenous academic staff who have taught across four Indigenous Studies units at the University of Canberra (UC). This guide offers an opportunity to share Indigenous perspectives, knowledge systems, and decolonising practices that have been incorporated into the teaching of Indigenous studies.  

Handbook on Remote Care and Digital Health for Community Empowerment

Arindam Basu (University of Canterbury)
Simi Bajaj (Western Sydney University)

Digital health in general and remote care in particular have had a massive worldwide uptake since 2020, mainly driven by the COVID-19 pandemic where health providers and patients had no option but to adjust to a “new normal” of remotely connecting to each other due to lockdowns and characteristics of viral transmission. This resource will act as a handbook for health care professionals including a wider section of healthcare providers that are competent to deliver services ranging from managing electronic health records, image analysis and remote consulting. Handbook on Remote Care and Digital Health for Community Empowerment will be comprehensive, designed to be always updated, and a living text covering every aspect of remote care and digital health.

Category: Indigenous Content or Knowledge

Critical Health Psychology: An Open Access Textbook

Sarah Riley (Massey University) 
Tracy Morison (Massey University)
Aorangi Kora (Massey University)
Eleanor Brittain (Massey University)
Kathryn McGuigan (Massey University)
Gareth Terry (Massey University)
Clifford Van Ommen (Massey University)
Dr Siobhán Healy-Cullen (Massey University)
Don Baken (Massey University)

Health psychology is the application of psychology to health issues, with a focus on creating, maintaining, and promoting health; prevention and treatment of illness; and enhancing outcomes for people with disabilities or untreatable illness. Written by leading experts in Critical Health Psychology, this book offers a significant resource for understanding health from a critical health psychology perspective.

Custodial Remand Before Trial or Sentence

Dr Yvette Tinsley (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)
Everard Halbert (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)
Judge John Walker (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)
Alexandra Forlong (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)
Ti Lamusse (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)
Dr Marnie Lloydd (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)
Dr Danica McGovern (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)
Dr Zoë Prebble (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)
Caitlin Ashby (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)
Elliott Harris – Barrister
Dr Moses Faleolo (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)
Jaime-Lee Tuuta – Barrister
Victoria Stace (Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka)

The percentage of the prison population on remand is higher in Aotearoa NZ than in almost all other developed nations. The remand rate (the ratio of those remanded in custody compared to the number of people prosecuted) is predicted to rise over the next decade, as is the time spent on remand. By drawing on available primary and secondary sources, and on original empirical data from interviews, observations, and an anonymous survey, this book examines all aspects of custodial remand: the law and practice around bail; the conditions of detention; the financial, social, and family impacts of custodial remand on prisoners and their families; the international experience; and options for reform of law, practice, and procedure.

Category: Health Sciences – Nursing

Digital Health for Nursing & Midwifery in Australia

Jenny Davis (La Trobe University)
Debbie Kirk (La Trobe University)
Lisa McKenna (La Trobe University)
Tracy Parrish (Australian Catholic University)
Kalpana Raghunathan (La Trobe University)
Catina Adams (La Trobe University)
Julian Pakay (La Trobe University)
Fiona Faulks (La Trobe University)
Ken Ho (La Trobe University)
Jade Ng (La Trobe University)
Tracy Gardiner (James Cook University)
Michelle McElroy (James Cook University)
Dr Angela Brown (University of South Australia)
Dr Joanne Harmon (University of South Australia)

This OER covers the foundations of evidence-based digital health for undergraduate nursing and midwifery students. It grounds digital health nursing concepts in concrete practices and enables students to explore these through practical online learning activities, designed around the five domains of the National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework (2020). The resource provides core content for the undergraduate nursing and midwifery curriculum at Australian universities, reflecting contemporary best practice in digital health. It will also be beneficial to postgraduate courses focusing on digital health.

Category: Health Sciences – Pharmacy

Foundations of Pharmacy Communication

Mr Hung Tran (Queensland University of Technology)
Dr Esther Lau (Queensland University of Technology/University of Queensland )
Dr Simon Yew Mun Wong (Queensland University of Technology)
Ev Miroshnichenko (Queensland University of Technology)

Communication is a core skill fundamental to healthcare provision, essential for all professionals within the field to ensure effective patient care and collaboration. This textbook will serve as a comprehensive guide for first-year pharmacy students, focusing on the critical acquisition of foundational communication skills necessary for effective patient care. This book is structured to equip students with a robust skill set in person-centred, cross-cultural, and practical communication strategies to foster meaningful patient interactions, promote health literacy, and ensure optimal healthcare outcomes.