About Indigenous Health & Wellbeing


Indigenous health remains the poorest in the country.  A holistic gendered approach to health via a social and emotional wellbeing theoretical lens is the driver of this node’s research activity. The strong links between gender and social and emotional wellbeing and heart disease, diabetes, and reproductive health underpin this node’s initial research project. Node leaders will also deliver research capacity building workshops on an annual basis.

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

Professor Fredericks is Central Queensland University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement. She is a Murri woman from south-east Queensland (Ipswich/ Brisbane).  Her current research interests focus on the socio-psychological aspects of chronic disease, tobacco and smoking, Indigenous women’s health issues and qualitative and mixed-methods research that privileges Indigenous knowledges, methodologies and worldviews.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Professor Dudgeon is a Mental Health Commissioner at the Australian National Mental Health Commission.  She is from the Bardi people of the Kimberley. Widely acknowledged as Australia’s first Indigenous Psychologist, she is known for her passionate work in psychology and Indigenous issues and her leadership in Indigenous higher education. Throughout her career Professor Dudgeon has been instrumental in convening many conferences and discussion groups at national levels to ensure that Indigenous issues are part of the agenda in the discipline.

Professor Kath Clapham

Professor Clapham is a Professor (Indigenous Health) in the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) at the University of Wollongong. She is a descendent of the Murrawarri people of north-western New South Wales. The major focus of Professor Clapham’s research over more than two decades has been improving the health, safety and wellbeing of Indigenous people, child health and safety, and Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing; resilience is conceptualised as central to the health, safety and welfare of Indigenous people, particularly young people.