My Doctorate of Public Health contributes to the Lowitja Institute’s research agenda in one specific area: the ways in which governments and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) work with each other. It investigates relationships between governments and ACCHOs and the impact these relationships have on accountability, problem solving and decision-making. This work aligns with the goals of the Lowitja Institute’s Program 3 by providing evidence for health system policy and administration reform, and improving capacity to implement programs effectively.
I am a Malyangapa/Barkindji woman from western New South Wales and a custodian of the Mutawintji Lands. I have extensive understanding and experience working with Aboriginal people in health, education and land management and began her professional working career in 1986 as a schoolteacher at Peppimenarti in the Northern Territory. I taught English in Japan, owned and managed a small business, dabbled in the aviation industry as a flight attendant and in early 2002 (when my son began school) returned to university to complete a Master of Primary Health Care. On completion, I gained employment as a Research Associate at Adelaide’s Flinders University where she is based in the Health Care Management Department. I am also the Link Person between Flinders University and the Lowitja Institute.
- Funding accountability and results for Aboriginal health services – Closing the policy implementation gap (FAR project)
- In-kind project: Negotiating accountability: Trust in the relationship between an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and Australian Government funding staff
- Case Story: Good practice supervision, from Supporting Indigenous Researchers: A Practical Guide for Supervisors Alison Laycock with Diane Walker, Nea Harrison & Jenny Brands 2009, CRCAH, Darwin, chapter 2, pp. 19–21.
- The Overburden project – Funding and regulation of primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
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