You are here

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 Cathy Leane, Chair, Aboriginal Advisory Group and Co-Chair, Aboriginal Communities and Families Research Alliance, SA
  • 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
  • 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, Aboriginal Health Council of WA
  • 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, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow, MCRI
  • Professor Peter Anderson, Research Neuropsychologist, Monash University
  • Dr Peter Azzopardi, Co-head of Adolescent Health, Burnet Institute

AFS Research Team

AFS PhD Students

Aboriginal Advisory Group

  • Ms Cathy Leane, Aboriginal Communities and Families Research Alliance (Chairperson)
  • Ms Karen Glover, Aboriginal Communities and Families Research Alliance 
  • Ms Jackie Ah Kit, Women’s and Children’s Health Network
  • Ms Glenise Coulthard, Port Augusta Hospital
  • Ms Theresa Francis, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Ms Janiene Deverix, Child and Family Health Service
  • Ms Vikki Wilson, Department for Education
  • Ms Yvonne Clark, Aboriginal Communities and Families Research Alliance
  • Ms Tracy Rigney, Department of Child Protection
  • Ms Sharron Williams, Aboriginal Family Support Service

Aboriginal Families and Communities Research Alliance 

MCRI is a founding member of the Aboriginal Families and Communities Research Alliance (ACRA). The Alliance grew out of the partnerships formed with policy makers and health services in the early stages of the Aboriginal Families Study to support knowledge translation. ACRA aims to conduct community-driven research and translation into culturally respectful and ongoing improvements for health and well-being of Aboriginal children, their parents and carers and the services providing care.

AFS Baseline Study 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.   

AFS Follow-up Study Fieldwork Team

In the second stage of the study follow-up has been facilitated by a smaller team of Aboriginal researchers. Donna Weetra and Arwen Nikolof (Study Co-ordinators) are shown here with other current members of the fieldwork team.

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.