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Dr. Jillian Marsh

Associate Consultant

Jillian is an Adnyamathanha multidisciplinary researcher who has a long track record of work in Aboriginal health and wellbeing, and Aboriginal Education.

In her roles as a researcher and Adnyamathanha community linguist, Jillian has travelled and worked in various locations across Australia. Her career has been predominantly in the higher education and research sector as well as in school-based settings (both primary and secondary Aboriginal Education). She graduated as a doctoral scholar in 2011, and currently lectures in Aboriginal Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. In addition to teaching, Jillian's academic role includes supervising PhD candidates and actively participating in improving academic engagement with Indigenous critical methodologies and Indigenous research ethics.

Jillian has a distinguished academic track record. She has previously worked as Research Fellow with the Department of Rural Health of the University of South Australia, and with the Rural Clinical School of Flinders University, coordinating the Flexible Pathways in Health project. She has long experience in fieldwork, literature reviews and publications in the area of Aboriginal health, wellbeing and education.

From October 2016 to January 2018 Jillian held the role of Director of the Graduate School at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. In this role she provided research leadership to the Institute and administered all aspects of Graduate School business. Jillian also previously lectured and held the role of Graduate Studies Coordinator at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University. Jillian is strongly committed to facilitating greater understandings of Indigenous knowledges, Indigenous methodologies and Critical Research Theory within Universities and the wider community particularly in the area of research, scholarship and culturally appropriate community engagement.

In 2018-19, Jillian is collaborating with Lirata to evaluate the RMLA Girls Academy Program.

Jillian's community responsibilities include supporting an Adnyamathanha Elders group, facilitating Yura Ngawarla language classes, and participating in heritage site protection work. In her consultancy work she undertakes a range of community-based research and cultural heritage projects, and leads Cultural Awareness and Cultural Competency training.

Jillian has a PhD in Geographical and Environmental Studies from the University of Adelaide, and is currently studying an Advanced Masters in Cultural Heritage and Archaeology.


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