Associate Professor Roxanne Bainbridge is a Gungarri Aboriginal woman from South Western Queensland. She is a medical anthropologist and specialises in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations across the lifecourse. Roxanne is currently Director of the Centre of Indigenous Health Equity Research at CQU.
She holds a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. She is also an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Social Equity - a new generation of leaders who work together across the globe to advance fairer, healthier and more inclusive societies from a base at The Atlantic Institute, located at Oxford. Roxanne is also part of a growing body of national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars (National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network – funded by the ARC) who are endeavouring to significantly improve the quality of research conducted with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Previous to her current role, Roxanne was employed as a Senior Research Fellow in The Cairns Institute at JCU.
Roxanne’s work is embedded in the social and cultural determinants of health, psychosocial resilience, empowerment and social inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Her methodological expertise lies specifically in conducting high impact applied research that uses strengths-based systems methodologies conducted through participatory and action-oriented research approaches. Her proficiencies are in research impact assessment and evaluation; evidence synthesis; grounded theory; and auto/ethnographic approaches. She has led research across many projects in Aboriginal health and wellbeing (e.g. mental health, palliative care for end-stage renal patients, social and emotional wellbeing and health promotion) and education (e.g. engagement, pedagogy, school transitions, inclusive practice and mentoring). Roxanne currently supervises ten HDR students.
Roxanne reviews for the ARC and NHMRC, Lowitja Institute and Cairns Base Hospital Ethics Committee; a sitting member on the latter for 5 years. She represents CQU locally and nationally e.g. local service such as: CQUniversity Research Committee of Academic Board, Research Higher Degrees Committee and Human Research Ethics Committee; nationally: Lowitja Institute’s Community Capability and the Social Determinants of Health Program Roxanne was an editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, has also been an Associate Editor for an International Journal; and regularly reviews for National/International Journals. Roxanne received the Lowitja Institute’s Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researcher Award 2016.