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Mr Ali Drummond was born and raised on Weibene (Thursday Island) in north Queensland, and his people are the Meriam people of Zenadth Kes (Torres Straits), and the Wuthathi people of Cape York Peninsula. He is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Indigenous Health at the Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Mr Drummond’s nursing experience spans clinical practice, policy, academia, and research. He has worked as a clinician in remote and urban Queensland, in tertiary and comprehensive primary health care settings. Mr Drummond was the Assistant Nursing Director (Indigenous Nurse Advisor) to Queensland’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, where he led and engaged with state-wide and national nursing and Indigenous health policy and programs. In his current roles, he provides strategic and operational leadership regarding Indigenous health education, research, stakeholder engagement, as well as Indigenous student and staff support and success.
Mr Drummond holds a Bachelor in Nursing Science (James Cook University), a Master of International Public Health (University of Queensland), and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is completing his PhD at QUT, investigating how Australian nursing academics collaborate with Indigenous peoples in the development, delivery and evaluation of nursing curricula concerning Indigenous peoples’ health and well-being. His broader research interest includes nursing education and clinical practice relevant to Indigenous peoples’ health and well-being, as well as Indigenous knowledges, methodologies, and research approaches.