Associate Professor Margaret Cargo works in the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health at the University of Canberra. She has worked in the participatory planning and evaluation of health promotion programs for the last 25 years.
Margaret has expertise in assessing implementation in complex interventions and systematic reviews. She has partnered with government, not-for profit agencies and Aboriginal stakeholders to identify local needs, co-design and evaluate initiatives related to tobacco control, grief & loss, cancer and obesity prevention. Prior to relocating from McGill University (Canada) to the University of South Australia in 2007, she was recognised for her expertise in participatory research and childhood obesity prevention in Aboriginal communities and was invited to present to the Standing Committee on Health (Parliament of Canada), participate in invitational workshops sponsored by the First Nations & Inuit Health Branch (Health Canada) and to act as expert consultant for the U.S. Centres for Disease Control & Prevention. She is on the Steering Committee of the Centre for the Advances in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis based at the University of Liverpool. Since 2012, she has been a co-convenor of the Cochrane Collaboration Qualitative & Implementation Methods Group and previously was lead convenor of the Campbell Collaboration Process & Implementation Methods Subgroup. She has national and international review expertise as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Health Promotion; NHMRC Indigenous Review Panel member; invited member, Canadian Institutes for Health Research Aboriginal Peoples’ Health Grant Review Committee; technical advisor/ reviewer for Commonwealth Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Regional Grants/ Innovation Grant Scheme; and reviewer of systematic review protocols for AusAID, DFID and 3iiie. Margaret is a former Vice-President of the SA Branch of AHPA. In that role she co-organised with AHCSA the preconference workshop to the 2012 Population Health Congress, Building Systems for Stronger Foundations in Aboriginal Health. From 2010-2014, she held an ARC Future Fellowship in the evaluation of community-based Aboriginal health and wellbeing programs In the last 5 years, she has attracted $5.3M of category 1 and 2 grant funding. She has 75 peer review publications in areas related to Aboriginal health, obesity prevention, systematic reviews, participatory research and program evaluation.