My career focus is to contribute to improving health and educational outcomes for the Australian population, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Cultural and Linguistically Diverse peoples.
I have extensive practical and applied research experience in diverse environments, including urban, rural, tropical and remote Indigenous communities and health care providers in the NT, WA, QLD and NSW. My research is applied and focused on capacity building and changing practice and policy in Mental Health, Chronic Disease Management, Health promotion and public health practice in Primary Health care providers; Pandemic Influenza; Hendra virus risks with Equine Vets; and Strongyloidiasis in Indigenous communities.
Much of my health and education sector experience was in the Northern Territory in tropical urban, rural and remote settings and has broadened to research with Aboriginal Medical Services and communities in NT, QLD, WA and northern NSW. From 1992-to 2007 I worked in Health Promotion; policy development; Research, Evaluation and Training; Management of Health Promotion and Public Health Services; and as an applied researcher.
I have extensive skills in the leadership and management of multidisciplinary teams. I have authored sections of applied manuals for primary health care practitioners and have extensive experience in workforce development. My work from 1980-to 1991 was in the Education Sector as a teacher in Primary and Secondary Schools, a Faculty Senior in Health and Physical Education, and an Education officer in Health and Drug Education in the Curriculum Branch of the NT Department of Education. This position worked with teachers in schools on Curriculum development, workforce development and training.
I am acknowledged nationally and internationally for my leadership in Health Promotion and Indigenous health, evidenced by my leadership in the Australian Health Promotion Association and working in partnership with Indigenous practitioners in the International Network of Indigenous Health Promotion Professionals (INIHPP). I have contributed to the coordination of Indigenous workshops at the Annual Australian Health Promotion conferences since 2008, the Population Health Congresses (2008 and 2012), and the International Union of Health Promotion and Education Conferences since 1997.
My role from 2007 to 2015 was to facilitate ground-breaking approaches to Higher Degree Research doctoral preparation and completions, applying approaches and lessons that contributed to and supported the Cohort doctoral studies program in the Division of Tropical Medicine and Health at James Cook University. I facilitate capacity building processes through mentoring and supporting researchers and HDR students. I currently supervise ten HDR students working in various health settings, including Nepal, Malaysia and rural communities in Australia.
My current part-time roles as Professorial Research Fellow- First Nations Academy Supervision and School of Graduate Research Supervision highlight my extensive experience as a supervisor and with Cohort Programs across two universities. I work between CQUniversity and Bundaberg Health Promotions Pty Ltd as an Academic Lead with Bundaberg Health Promotions Ltd. This position aims to build health promotion strategies and research capacity across these and other community organisations. I am the Academic Lead of the First Nations Academy, a cohort of First Nations Higher Degree Research Students within CQU. These students come from a variety of disciplines across schools and topics.
Having spent the first twelve years of my career working as a teacher in early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary settings in the Department of Education in the Northern Territory. I moved into a Health promotion practitioner role specialising in Smoking and other drugs in 1986. This was situated in the Department of Health and Community Services, where I facilitated quit smoking programs for the broader population. I moved into a Research and Training role in Health Promotion and then worked in the Living With Alcohol program. I then managed teams of health promotion staff in a variety of settings. Finally, I moved into middle management as the manager of Public Health in Darwin Urban and Top End Rural, which oversaw a variety of programs including Nutrition, Environmental Health, Alcohol and other Drugs clinical and education programs and Women's cancers screening in Breastscreen and Cervical Screening. During this time, I completed my Doctor of Health Science and worked in a Primary Health Care setting looking as Building Health Promotion Capacity in the workforce. My first post doc position was at James Cook University working as a Senior Research Fellow as a mentor and support to 18 First Nations Scholars in a Building Indigenous Capacity NHMRC grant from 2007-2013.
Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) Deakin University Burwood, Victoria 2006
Master of Public Health (MPH) James Cook University Townsville, Queensland 2012
Master of Education (MEd) Deakin University Geelong Victoria 1994
Dip Health and Physical Education (DipHPE) Wollongong Institute of Education, NSW 1981
P/T Senior Research Officer- School of Education and Arts, Townsville Campus, April-Oct, 2016
Casual Researcher - Central Queensland University- Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Engagement (2015)
Principal Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow-James Cook University- Division of Tropical Health and Medicine (2012-2015)
Senior Research Fellow -James Cook University- School of Public Health Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences (2007-2012)
Curriculum writer and Co-ordinator Health Promotion Unit HLTH 9001 - Centre for Rural and Remote Health, Flinders University (2006-2007)
P/T Tutor of Health Promotion Behaviors and models- Semester 1-Queensland University of Technology (2002)
Curriculum writer and P/T Lecturer Communication skills extending Health promotion practice -Menzies School of Health Research (2000-2001)
Life Member of the Australian Health Promotion Association 2020
Inaugural Advisory Panel of the Year Award – James Cook University-2012- Emeritus Professor Rick Speare ($1000) and Dr Jenni Judd ($1000).
The Mental Health Services Awards (TheMHS) –Category 4 Regional/ Rural/Remote programs Gold award-2007- http://www.themhs.org/achievement-awards/past-awards/2007-awards-finalists
Life Member of Australian Council of Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) - 2005 for distinguished services to the Council and the Profession
Honorary Associate of Northern Territory University-2001-2003 for a joint project with NTU Clinical School of Nursing- Health Promoting Hospitals
Visiting Scholar to University of British Columbia- 1999 Institute of Health Promotion Research August-December, 1999, British Columbia, Canada
Fellow of Australian Council Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) -1996 recognised the outstanding role played in furthering the Council's objectives.
1992-2006 -A range of positions for coordination across the NT, and in Darwin Urban in Health Promotion, Women’s Health, Smoking and other Drugs, Alcohol and research, evaluation and policy and workforce development
2007-2012 Senior Research Fellow at James Cook University;
2013 -2015 Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University;
2015-2016 short term contracts with CQUniversity.
2016-2021 Professor of Health Promotion Central Queensland University
2021-2022 Professorial Research Fellow- First Nations Academy Supervision
2022-Professorial Research Fellow- School of Graduate Research Supervision
-Australian Health Promotion Association since 1990;
-Public Health Association of Australia-2016- ongoing
-Australasian Evaluation Society-2014-ongoing
-ACHPER - Fellow 1996 and Life Member 2005
-International Union of Health Promotion and Education 2004-ongoing
-International Network of Indigenous Health Promotion Professionals
Academic Lead of the First Nations Academy- this academy provides research training and support, and mentoring to First Nation scholars who are enrolled in PhD and Masters of Research programs at Central Queensland University and reports to Professor Adrian Miller at the Office of Indigenous Engagement for 20% of my time.
Professorial Research Fellow- Supervision- School of Graduate Research, Research Division 20% of my time
Professorial Research Fellow-IMPACT Research Division- facilitating the QBCC grant- Thriving and Surviving Bushfires 20% of my time from October 2021-June 2022.
COVID-19 Technical Expert Response Committee (PHAA, AHPA and Epidemiological Association)Linda Selvey (Chair), Julie Leask (Deputy Chair), Summer May Finlay, Lea Merone, Christina Pollard, Jenni Judd, Helen Marshall, Abrar Ahmad Chughtai, Elizabeth Howard, Sandra Thompson, Robert Hall, Sheena Sullivan, Terry Slevin, Ingrid Johnston,Kate Panaretto, Ying Zhang.
I have completed two Doctoral students at CQU in 2017 and 2020 and a Masters Research Student and Grad Cert in Research 2021. I currently supervise 2 Masters Research students and working with 2 Masters Research students with enrolement. I have 5 PhD students and working with 2 PhD students with their enrolment. In total, I have completed 4 Masters's Research students and 14 PhDs since 2009.
I have successfully brought in $5,890,864m in competitive Cat 1, and Cat 3 grants. I have over 90 publications and an H index 20 on Google scholar, 16 on Scopus.
Evaluation of the Employment First Aid Program at IMPACT in Bundaberg 2018.
Nurse Navigator Evaluation Reports for OCNO Queensland Health 2021.
Evaluations of the CWA Country Kitchens Program in 2018, 2018-2019; 2020-2021.
Deputy Editor Health Promotion Journal of Australia since 2017 continuing
Writer for the NHMRC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ethics Working Party in 2015-16
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Education Systems - Higher Education
Public health - Health equity
Other Medical and Health Sciences - Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Public Health and Health Services - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Public Health and Health Services - Health Promotion