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.