Dr Sarah Ireland is a Research and Evaluation Fellow at Charles Darwin University and is the 2018 recipient of the Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship in Australian Indigenous Health and Welfare.
Sarah’s research strengths and expertise are in cross-cultural qualitative health research methods, especially collaborative approaches with Aboriginal people. Her research approaches are informed by social justice, health promotion, decolonising theories, public health, gender, woman-centred midwifery, culture and human rights discourse. Sarah has First Class Honours and a Doctorate in the field of medical-anthropology, both on the topic of Aboriginal women’s sexual and reproductive health. She is also an accomplished nurse and midwife; and has trained in community development. Prior to academic appointment, Sarah worked as a nurse and midwife in remote locations in Nepal and through Australia in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Her clinical background spans nearly a decade of collaborative and multi-disciplinary approaches in the provision of primary healthcare for remote Indigenous communities.