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Alwin Chong, a Wakamin man from North Queensland, is Associate Research Professor and Interim Director for the Positive Futures Research Collaboration with the Sansom Institute for Health Research Operations at the University of South Australia.
After completion of his study in 1988, Alwin initially worked as a teacher and researcher at the University of South Australia. While working at the university, he did extensive research into, and promoted, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander management practices. Alwin then worked as a Senior Research Ethics Officer at the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA), a position he held for over 10 years. Alwin was responsible for developing and implementing a research agenda that could respond to the interests of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. As an essential component of this role, he managed the Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Committee, a sub-committee of the AHCSA and the peak ethics body for Aboriginal health research in South Australia.
Following his work as Senior Research Ethics Officer, Alwin went on to become the Indigenous Strategy and Development Coordinator at Menzies School of Health Research in 2011 and then returned to AHCSA as the Transition Manager for the Hills Mallee Southern Region Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service. As Transition Manager, Alwin was responsible for coordinating and implementing agreed recommendations to guide the establishment of new Aboriginal community controlled health services. In 2013, Alwin became Director of the Yaitya Purruna Indigenous Health Unit at the University of Adelaide. Yaitya Purruna was established in 2000 to provide support for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying in the faculty. The unit has now been expanded to conduct research and teaching within the School of Population Health and include collaboration with Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education.
Alwin is a former member of the Department of the Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) Ethics Committee and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Harmonisation of Multi-centre Ethical Review (HoMER) Aboriginal Sub-Committee. He was also a Ministerial appointment to the South Australian Health and Medical Advisory Council.