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Adjunct Professor, Sherry Saggers commenced as a Professor at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University in 2008, to establish a research program on the social determinants of substance misuse, now known as the Prevention, Early Intervention and Inequality program. She retired from the University in 2012. Sherry is an anthropologist with over 40 years’ experience researching and contributing to publications on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, wellbeing and community development both nationally and internationally.
Prior to commencing at NDRI, Sherry was Head of Department and Head of School, Foundation Professor of Applied Social Research and Director of the Centre for Social Research at Edith Cowan University.
Sherry has worked with community-based Indigenous organisations to further develop her research focussed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and substance use. Her current research examines: the evaluation of the Warlpiri Early Childhood Care and Development Program in central Australia; social inclusion through embedded university education; approaches to support the containment of pandemic influenza in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; sexual health of young people; treatment progress for young people in residential rehabilitation; and community-based alcohol prevention.
Sherry is a life member of the Patricia Giles Centre Inc., Chairperson of the Independent Priority Assessment Committee at the Disability Services Commission and an Independent Prison Visitor with the Office of the Inspector of Custodial Services.