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Kathleen, a descendent of the Murrawarri people of far western New South Wales (NSW), currently holds the position of Professor of Indigenous Health in the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong. She is also Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. Kathleen has a BA (Hons First Class) and PhD in Anthropology and has worked in higher education and research since 1985, specialising in Indigenous health research and education.
Prior to taking up her current position at University of Wollongong, Kathleen was Director of Woolyungah Indigenous Centre, and before that, Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. She has also held leadership positions in Indigenous health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney.
Kathleen is currently Chief Investigator on several NHMRC and ARC funded and other studies. Her research interests in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health are strongly focused on injury prevention and safety promotion, child health, and improving access to health and other services for Indigenous Australians. She is also involved in developing local and regional partnerships in her local community and working on developing sustainable interventions to address complex safety issues, developing methodological approaches to evaluate indigenous community based preventive health initiatives and improving Indigenous research capacity.