School of Medicine appoints new Associate Dean Indigenous Health

[by Ali Sardyga]

 Image: Sally Tsoutas.

Western Sydney University is pleased to announce Winninninni woman Professor Aunty Kerrie Doyle as the inaugural Associate Dean Indigenous Health within the School of Medicine.

Professor Doyle was among the first cohort of Aboriginal people to graduate from Oxford University, and is the second Indigenous woman to be appointed an Associate Dean at the University. As a Professor of Indigenous Health, she brings a wealth of research and advocacy expertise to the School, with much of her work dedicated to improving outcomes for Australia’s Indigenous population.

Professor Doyle believes Western Sydney University is playing a vital role in supporting the aspirations of Indigenous people in the region, but more can be done to increase their participation in higher education and research.

“To be instrumental in closing the gap, we must listen to and privilege Indigenous voices. I believe it’s through listening that we can truly reflect Indigenous’ concerns and knowledge, and work towards improving health and educational outcomes for our mobs,” said Professor Doyle.

“Knowledge sharing and increasing the efficacy of decision making are components of Indigenous communities that have always inspired me. A priority for me in my new role will be to empower young people and to strengthen connections with our Elders.”

Distinguished Professor Annemarie Hennessy AM, Dean of the School of Medicine, welcomed the appointment of Professor Doyle.

“The School is benefitting greatly from Professor Doyle's appointment and her implementation of new initiatives in medical education,” said Distinguished Professor Hennessy.

Professor Michelle Trudgett, Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Strategy and Consultation, said Professor Doyle will provide outstanding leadership to the School and the wider University community.

“Professor Doyle is deeply committed to our students, staff and our communities within Greater Western Sydney. Her appointment to the Associate Dean position is well deserved and I look forward to continuing to work with her,” said Professor Trudgett.

Professor Doyle has previously lectured at RMIT University and Charles Sturt University. In addition to her role with Western Sydney University, she is the Co-Chair and Research Lead of the Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Clinical Academic Group at Maridulu Budyari Gumal, the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE); member of the Council of Elders for the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM); and board member for Ngaramura Aboriginal and Pacific Islander Corporation.

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