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Ngiare Brown, a Yuin nation woman from the south coast of New South Wales (NSW), is a Senior Aboriginal Medical Practitioner and holds an academic appointment at the University of Wollongong as Professor of Indigenous Health and Education. Professor Brown was the first identified Aboriginal medical graduate from NSW and is one of the first Aboriginal doctors in Australia. She has qualifications in medicine, public health and primary care, and has studied bioethics, medical law and human rights. Ngiare is currently undertaking doctoral research in law, addressing Aboriginal child protection systems and practice.
Throughout her career, Ngiare has made significant contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, research process, bioethics, policy, translation and practice. Ngiare has developed both national and international networks in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and social justice, including engagement with the United Nations system. She is also a part of a new international network, International Indigenous Genomics Alliance, addressing cultural governance protocols, and the ethical and legal impacts of genomic research and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Ngiare has been a chief investigator, associate investigator and named investigator on a range of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded grants, valued at more than $10 million. She has also been a member and chair of numerous committees, including contributions to the NHMRC, some of which include:
Ngiare’s research interests lie in addressing culturally appropriate approaches to child and adolescent health and wellbeing, including building the evidence base through collaborative and multidisciplinary research, translation and service delivery; and a cultural determinants approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.
Ngiare is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong.