Emily is an Wiradjuri woman, early career academic and PhD candidate, with a decade of experience in evaluation and strengths-based community driven qualitative research in Indigenous youth and family violence, connection to place, identity and culture.
Emily has a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Work), Masters of Environment and is currently completing her PhD in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, examining the ways in which young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are continuing culture and restoring connections to place in Narrm (Melbourne). This research explores the ways in which connection and belonging are important contributors to health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
In addition to her research work, Emily co-founded the Indigenous Group of Learning - a cultural support program for Aboriginal men in prison, with program sessions based around art, music, culture and connections to programs and supports for a post-release future; and has been involved as a volunteer in existing youth programs and also in the design and development of a number of new programs for young people.
Emily received the Dean’s Award for Best Abstract for her presentation 'The importance of placing voice and voice in place in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research – examples from an urban young people’s project' at the 'Hearing Our Voices' Melbourne Academic Centre for Health conference (2018)
The focus of Emily's research is community-driven and strengths-based in identifying a need and approach to investigating projects relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.
Some research and evaluation work Emily has recently conducted includes: An evaluation of the health and wellbeing outcomes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gathering places in Victoria for the Department of Health and Human Services, including a targeted evaluation of Eastern metropolitan gathering places; The ‘Tidda’s Count to Ten’ project – a participatory and community-driven research project into incidents of young Koori female perpetrators of violence in East Gippsland, including service mapping and evaluation; amd a review of ante and post-natal support services for Aboriginal families in the Monash Health catchment area.
In her role as Senior Research Officer within the Intergenerational Health Group, Emily has contributed to the establishment of the Aboriginal Health Program, and is a part of the Stronger Futures Centre of Research Excellence. Emily is currently working on an evaluation of the Wellah Together program - an Aboriginal-designed and led health program for families.
Trounson, J. S., Peters, A., Munro-Harrison, E. (2019). Evaluation of a culturally safe education support program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in prison. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 21(4): 9-30. Kingsley, J., Munro-Harrison, E., Jenkins, A., and Thorpe, A. (2018), "Here we are part of a living culture": Understanding the cultural determinants of health in Aboriginal gathering places in Victoria, Australia, Health & Place, 54: 210-220. Munro-Harrison, E., Trounson, J., & Ironfield, N. (2016), "A Culturally Safe Education Engagement Model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men in Prison" Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal, 40: 34-35. Chamberlain C, MacLean S, Bawden G, Kelaher M, Munro-Harrison, E, Boyle J & Freeman, K. (July, 2016) An 'equity' domain could strengthen the utility of a framework for assessing care coordination for Australian Aboriginal families, International Journal of Care Coordination, 19(1-2): 42-46.Book Chapters
Munro-Harrison E, Arabena K, Yarram I, Yarram, D, (2016) Our Safe Place – Community Responses to Koori Youth Violence, in Moore E (Ed.), Case Management: inclusive community practice, 2nd Ed. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Emily's PhD is funded through:
The Stronger Futures Centre of Research Excellence
University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Science Indigenous Research Training Support Scheme (2019)
Lowitja Institute Scholarship (2016)
Emily's project work is funded through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation.