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Suzanne Ingram

Communication needs of Indigenous people whose first language is English for culturally competent chronic disease health care

PhD thesis – The Australian National University


The collection of data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health conditions and experience is voluminous. Notwithstanding significant investment in research as well as programs for education and delivery, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes are not showing commensurate improvement.

Given the focus on acquiring evidence-based health research from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this thesis explores whether this has impacted on the quality of health literacy and engagement with care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose first language is English.

In examining the effectiveness of current modes of communication, the research is an interrogation of literacy, channels and audience.


Suzanne is an Aboriginal woman of the Galare clans of the Wiradjuri nation. Her focus on health research builds on an extensive background in communications and Aboriginal heritage research. Suzanne has been involved in communications engagement and advocacy work with Aboriginal communities and organisations for more than 20 years. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Black Theatre Company, and conducts community relations and advocacy for the Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Women’s Corporation and the Redfern Aboriginal Women’s Alliance.