Our Team

Our team

The Ngarruwan Ngadju team in 2019 is:

Honorary and associate members of Ngarruwan Ngadju are:


Kathleen Clapham, Professor (Indigenous Health) (email)

Since joining the Institute in 2011, Professor Kathleen Clapham has led a strong program of research in Indigenous health at AHSRI.

A descendent of the Murrawarri people of NSW, she holds a PhD in Anthropology and has over 25 years of experience as an academic in higher education. Prior to joining the Institute she was the Director of the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre at the University of Wollongong and the Head of Yooroang Garang: School of Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney.

Kathleen has been Chief Investigator on numerous National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) funded and other studies with an Indigenous health focus, including community based interventions and health services research aimed at improving the health and safety of Indigenous people. Her research interests include: the social determinants of health; equity in health care; Indigenous injury prevention and safety promotion; and Indigenous child health and resilience. Her projects focus largely on Indigenous people in urban communities, and involve collaborations with research, government and non-government organisations, including those within the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions.

Professor Clapham leads a skilled core team of researchers on these projects, and the Indigenous health research agenda at AHSRI is also progressed through significant contributions and collaborations with AHSRI members and other experts in Indigenous research across the University and externally. She is also a Visiting Professorial Fellow within the Injury Division of The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney.

Marlene Longbottom, Research Fellow (Indigenous Health) (email)

Marlene supports Professor Kathleen Clapham on research projects in Indigenous health and wellbeing.

Joanna Mason, Research Assistant (email)

Joanna joined AHSRI in 2016 as joint project manager on Professor Clapham’s ARC funded research project ‘Re-Focussing Qualitative Research’. Having worked previously as author and research analyst on the Productivity Commission’s ‘Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report’, she has a particular interest in applied anthropology and Australian Indigenous policy and reporting. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Indigenous policy) from the Australian National University. In addition to her role at AHSRI, she is currently undertaking doctoral research into Indigenous community wellbeing indicators and government reporting mechanisms with the Centre for Health Initiatives, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Elizabeth Dale, Research Assistant (Indigenous Health) (email)

Liz is a descendant from the Worimi Nation currently enrolled in a clinical masters in psychology and PhD at the University of Wollongong. Liz has over 12 years of experience working in non-government and clinical settings. This includes in youth and adult homelessness, couples and families counselling, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, eating disorders and intergenerational trauma.

Darcelle Wu, Research Assistant (Indigenous Health) (email)

Darcelle supports Professor Kathleen Clapham on research projects in Indigenous health and wellbeing.

Layne Brown, Research Assistant (Indigenous Health) (email)

Layne commenced work as the Indigenous Project Coordinator ASHRI in June 2018. His core duties are researching Indigenous community organisations (ACCHOs). He has 10 years’ experience in service delivery in the community sector. Since deferring studies in 2008 (BA Indigenous Studies/Sociology) Layne has worked at as an Aboriginal Youth Worker at Dapto Koonawarra Youth Connect, Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer at NSW Police Force and Centre Manager at Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience. He is particularly interested in Aboriginal affairs and community development and has been involved in service development, delivery, grant writing, youth mentoring/support, frontline advocacy and mediation. In his personal time Layne likes to get involved in NGOs that align with his core values of helping others and Indigenous affairs. Layne is looking toward finishing his undergraduate degree and pursuing long term goals in academia and research.

Kaylie Harrison, Research Assistant (Indigenous Health) (email)

Kaylie supports Professor Clapham on research projects in Indigenous health and wellbeing.

Valerie Harwood, Honorary Professorial Fellow (email)

Kate Senior, Associate Professor (email)

Freidoon Khavarpour (email)

Paul Saunders, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (email)

Peter Malouf, Associate Professor (email)

Last reviewed: 4 July, 2019

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