Dr Kim O'Donnell

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Research Biography

Kim is a Barkindji/Malyangapa woman from far Western NSW, and Research Fellow, Indigenous Health, College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University. Kim is a Public Health researcher with extensive understanding and experience working with Australia’s First Peoples in education, health, and governance. 

Kim’s Doctor of Public Health thesis explored the funding relationship between staff within Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations and government, focusing on understanding of their accountability to each other, and the extent to which funding contracts provide the basis for partnership.

Previously, Kim coordinated the Overburden project (2009) that investigated government contracting for Indigenous Health Services nationally. She held a role as Senior Project Researcher of the Indigenous Researcher and Capacity Building Network project at the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute. This project explored building a national approach to supporting and growing the next generation of Indigenous researchers working in Aboriginal health across each of the 9 Centres and their partners that make up the Australian Health Research Alliance. Kim also worked on the RECOGNISE campaign as a National Field Leader to raise awareness around the principles of constitutional reform. She also co-led Health Policy and Systems research of The Lowitja Institute and currently chairs the Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council in Western NSW. Kim is passionate about the development of equitable partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and corporate organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples.

Research Interests

Kim’s research interests include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Well-being
  • Health service research and design in Aboriginal communities
  • Governance in Indigenous health
  • Governance of country/language repatriation
  • First Nation health
  • Cultural safety

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