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Dr Angela Durey

Angela Durey

Dr Durey is a social scientist with a background in anthropology and sociology and originally nursing. She is a Senior Research Fellow and Team Investigator on NHMRC Capacity Building Grant on 'Building Mental Wealth: Improved Mental Health for Better Health Outcomes among Indigenous Australians'. Her research has focused mainly on health services where she has worked in rural and Aboriginal health contexts. Her current research interests include racism as a social determinant of Aboriginal health, exploring the concept of whiteness and privilege in mainstream health service delivery to Aboriginal Australians and critical reflection on health care practice. Dr Durey is currently a Chief Investigator on six externally funded grants including research into improving Aboriginal heart health; developing a collaborative intercultural academic leadership program for teaching and learning in Indigenous culture and health; developing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework; evaluating two health care programs: i) on engaging Aboriginal communities in planning health services ii) the COAG Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer Program. Dr Durey recently completed a research project with forensic mental health practitioners to identify factors that helped or compromised delivering high quality health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. She is currently a CI on an externally funded grant application to evaluate three interventions introduced over 12 months into the State Forensic Mental Health Service to improve service delivery to and health outcomes for Aboriginal patients. She has published in the area of mainstream health care to Aboriginal people, racism as a social determinant of Aboriginal health, forensic mental health care to Aboriginal patients and improving education to undergraduate health science students about issues related to Aboriginal health. From 2006-2009 she directed the undergraduate health science education program for clinical, research based and project placements in rural, remote and Aboriginal health settings at the Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health, University of Western Australia.

Project:

Developing and promoting best practice in Forensic Mental Health Care for Aboriginal Australians

Recent successful grant applications