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Inala Indigenous Health Service - Who works in research

Research Director
Dr Deborah Askew
Deborah has worked at Inala off and on since 2006, and has worked full time with us since 2010. Previously, she was a Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, working in the Department of General Practice. Her research focuses on investigating new models of primary health care that aim to improve quality, and to decrease barriers between various sectors of the health system for people with chronic disease.
Research and Teaching Manager
Dr Chelsea Bond
Chelsea (nee Watego) is an Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman and descendant of the Munanjahli people of Beaudesert. In 2007, Chelsea was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Queensland’s School of Population Health, with a thesis that critically examined the construction of Aboriginality within public health practice. Her research focused on highlighting the cultural strengths of the community she calls home (Inala) and she was named on the Dean’s Commendation List for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses.
Nutrition Research
Wendy Foley
Wendy joined us as a Research Officer in 2009. Wendy has enjoyed a varied career. She began as a high school teacher in Dirranbandi and the Solomon Islands, then taught in universities in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Wendy has lectured and researched in the area of Indigenous nutrition for the last decade. Her research aims to put a spotlight on food practices in everyday life and to look at how health services can use this understanding to improve their capacity to promote and support healthy eating.


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Last updated: 20 August 2012