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Dr Catherine Chamberlain Associate Professor, Judith Lumley Centre

Catherine Chamberlain is an Associate Professor and NHMRC Career Development Fellow (2019-2022), who received the 2015 NHMRC 'Rising Star' award. A descendant of the Trawlwoolway People (Tasmania), her postdoctoral research program aims to improve Indigenous health equity by developing strengths-based family-focussed strategies in pregnancy, birth and early childhood. She is the Principal Investigator for the Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future project, which aims to co-design perinatal awareness, recognition, assessment and support strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents experiencing complex childhood trauma.

She has over 25 years' experience in reproductive and child health, including program and hospital service management, policy implementation, guideline development, evidence-based practice and research. Her mixed method research experience includes qualitative research, epidemiological research, research translation and evidence synthesis.

She is an associate editor for 'Research for All: Universities and Society' a new journal which explores the ways which researchers work with communities and regularly reviews for more than a dozen journals. She is currently a member for the Victorian Aboriginal maternal and child health initiative steering group, NHMRC Advisory Group on the Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence (SToRE), NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth Indigenous Advisory Group, International GRADE working group, PSANZ Health Equity group and co-chair of the Improving the health of Aboriginal mothers and babies through continuity of midwife care Indigenous reference group .


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