About the Study Team

Many people are involved in the Aboriginal Families Study including members of the Aboriginal Advisory Group (established in 2007), Study Investigators and AFS research team. 

AFS Leadership Team

  • Professor Stephanie Brown, Group Leader and Senior Principal Research Fellow, MCRI
  • Ms Karen Glover, Senior Research Fellow, South Australian Health and Medical Research Council (SAHMRI) and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI)
  • Ms Tania Axleby-Blake, Study Manager (MCRI)
  • Ms Amanda Mitchell, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia
  • A/Professor Rebecca Giallo, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow, MCRI
  • Dr Deirdre Gartland, Developmental Psychologist and Research Fellow, MCRI

AFS Study Investigators

  • Professor Stephanie Brown, Group Leader and Senior Principal Research Fellow, MCRI
  • Ms Karen Glover, Senior Research Fellow, South Australian Health and Medical Research Council (SAHMRI) and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI)
  • Ms Donna Weetra, Senior Project Officer, MCRI
  • Dr Fiona Mensah, Senior Biostatistician, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, MCRI
  • A/Professor Rebecca Giallo, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow, MCRI
  • Dr Deirdre Gartland, Developmental Psychologist and Research Fellow, MCRI
  • Professor Jonathan Newbury, Professor of Rural Health, University of Adelaide
  • A/Professor Philippa Middleton, Principal Research Fellow, SAHMRI
  • Professor Sheena Reilly, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Health) Griffith University
  • Professor Maria Makrides, Theme Director, Mothers Babies Children Theme, SAHMRI
  • Ms Amanda Mitchell, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Health Council of SA
  • Professor Alex Brown, Theme Director, Wardliparringa Aboriginal Health Unit, SAHMRI
  • Ms Jackie Ah Kit, Director, Aboriginal Health, Women’s and Children’s Health Network
  • Dr Yvonne Clark, Psychologist and Lecturer, University of Adelaide
  • Dr Graham Gee, Psychologist, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
  • Professor Peter Anderson, Research Neuropsychologist, Monash University
  • Dr Peter Azzopardi, Co-head of Adolescent Health, Burnet Institute

AFS Research Team

  • Ms Tania Axleby-Blake, Study Manager
  • Ms Arwen Nikolof, Senior Project Officer
  • Ms Violet Buckskin, Project Officer
  • Ms Jannaya Wall, Project Assistant
  • Ms Petrea Cahir, Child Interview Co-ordinator
  • Dr Ellie McDonald, Data Manager
  • Ms Sandra Novakovic, Research Administrator

AFS PhD Students

  • Ms Petrea Cahir, Healthy Mothers Healthy Families group, MCRI

Aboriginal Advisory Group

  • Ms Amanda Mitchell, AHCSA (Chairperson)
  • Ms Karen Glover, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and MCRI
  • Ms Jackie Ah Kit, Women’s and Children’s Health Network
  • Ms Glenise Coulthard, Port Augusta Hospital
  • Ms Cathy Leane, Women’s and Children’s Health Network
  • Ms Deanna Stuart-Butler, Women’s and Children’s Health Network
  • Ms May Turner, Council of Aboriginal Elders of South Australia
  • Ms Theresa Francis, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Ms Janiene Deverix, Child and Family Health Service
  • Ms Lesley Wilson, Department of Early Childhood Development
  • Ms Vikki Wilson, Department of Early Childhood Development
  • Ms Sharron Williams, Aboriginal Family Support Service

Policy Implementation Partnership

​The Aboriginal Families Study Policy Implementation Partnership was formed in 2008 to facilitate translation of the research findings into policy development and service improvement.

The Partnership comprises representatives of key government departments and health services involved in policy and service delivery in South Australia, including: SA Health, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, Country Health Local Health Network, the Child and Family Health Service, and Department of Education and Child Development, and is chaired by Ms Jackie Ah Kit, Director, Aboriginal Health, Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

AFS Baseline Study Fieldwork Team

AFS Fieldwork Team

A team of 12 Aboriginal research interviewers and one non-Aboriginal research interviewer invited women from urban, regional and remote areas of South Australia to take part in the study. Donna Weetra (Field work Co-ordinator) and Stephanie Brown (Lead Investigator) are shown here with some of the members of the team at Murray Bridge in South Australia.

We are very grateful to all the members of the fieldwork team for huge amount of work they put into community engagement and supporting women to take part.

Fieldwork team members for the Baseline Study: Donna Weetra, Roxanne Miller, Eunice Aston, Emily Jaworek, Deborah Fuschtei, Jess Reid, Denise Thomas, Jess King, Deelia Richards, Jannaya Wilson, Rikki Wilson, Hayley Wilson, Karyn McCue.