Postgraduate students


Current PhD Candidates

Research Focus

Rosalie Schultz

My research is exploring the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in remote communities, through the Interplay project, which is auspiced by the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation managed by Ninti One Ltd.
In remote communities Aboriginal people enjoy high levels of wellbeing and experience good health, despite grim statistics. Wellbeing for Aboriginal people is the interplay of many domains: government priorities of health, education and employment, and community priorities of community itself, culture and empowerment.
Culture includes caring for country, the employment of Aboriginal people’s ecological knowledge and natural resource management skills. These are increasingly being recognised as Australia seeks to address environmental challenges, including feral species, land degradation and climate change. Empowerment entails providing people opportunities to use and profit from their knowledge, authority and skills.


Josephine Rio

Accountability is an important aspect of nursing practice as it can improve quality of patient care by ensuring the standards of practice are upheld. The development of a mental health care plan in collaboration with the patient is an example of accountability enacted. Care plans are not always developed and/or implemented and so there is a need for workplace clarity on how care planning accountability can work in daily mental health nursing practice. An ethnographic study is undertaken to understand potential barriers to creating and implementing high quality care plans and the role of accountability in the process.


 Anthea Brand

 Alison Gray

Ricky Mentha

My work will contribute to a larger research program that aims to measure the prevalence of HTLV-1c in remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. The secondary aim is to correlate the association between HTLV-1c and severe respiratory diseases such as bronchiectasis. The final element to the PH. D will be a chapter that explores culturally appropriate public health responses and to scope out the range of views and attitudes around remote Aboriginal male sexual health behaviours.
An attempt to unpack what the most effective approach to delivering public health messages for Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Populations (CALDP) and particularly Aboriginal males in this setting.