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PhD Thesis – La Trobe University
Based at the School of Social Work and Social Policy within La Trobe University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, My PhD research explores what supports positive working relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hospital liaison officers and social workers in hospital settings. This work links directly with the research objectives of the Lowitja Institute’s Program 3, which aims to develop evidence-based resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce policy as a way of improving and increasing pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers in the health sector.
I am a trained social worker and has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for more than 30 years in a variety of roles, including community health and women’s health research, service delivery and development, university and TAFE teaching and action research evaluation. I have also been associated with the Lowitja Institute and its predecessor the CRC for Aboriginal Health for a number of years, both through involvement in research evaluation and through a recent stint as a Link Person at La Trobe University, Melbourne.