School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health@SPHCM - The Muru Marri Way

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The School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the University recognise the unique position of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s culture and history. That Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have inhabited Australia for well over 50,000 years and that their unique cultures and identities are bound up with the land and sea. We acknowledge that the Aboriginal people, the Biddjigal and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, are the original owners of the lands occupied and used by UNSW's Sydney campuses. In so doing it is important that the special position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First Peoples is recognised and incorporated into the activities of the school. The School of Public Health and Community Medicine seeks to achieve this through observing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols and the provision of services and programs appropriate to UNSW’s Indigenous medical students and other students who are focussed on Indigenous health and wellbeing. We are proud to offer a Master of Public Health Specialisation in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing, tailored for people interested in pursuing a career in Indigenous health.

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Over the past decade Muru Marri has contributed to the global understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health which we see as socio-economic development that protects and enhances the environment and social justice. Through world-class innovative research, interdisciplinary teaching in Indigenous and environmental studies, advocacy and community engagement  we are responding to the challenges of the 21st century for Indigenous community and our environment. The staff of Muru Marri have moved from UNSW, but their legacy remains, and informs our approach to Indigenous health - the Muru Marri way.  Ms Telphia Jospeh, Dr Heather Gidding and Dr Rob Menzies lead Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health research and teaching at SPHCM.  Many other academics are involved in Indigenous research, including Prof Richard Taylor and A/Prof Bette Liu. In addition, a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence at SPHCM has a major stream in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Immunisation, led by A/Prof James Ward, along with Ms Telphia Joseph, Dr Rob Menzies and Dr Heather Gidding. SPHCM also has several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including its professional doctorate program.  

SPHCM delivers innovative, interdisciplinary, flexible and practical programs that combine a solid foundation in Indigenous health with choice from a wide range of cross faculty electives. Our students develop comprehensive knowledge and skills designed to enhance their careers and enable them to play a meaningful role in a sustainable future. Postgraduate programs by coursework or research are available on campus and online.


Open letter concerning the closure of the Aboriginal Medical Service Western (AMSWS) Sydney
We are a group of concerned academics from the School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW, who wish to express concern about reports in the national media foreshadowing the withdrawal of core funding and imminent closure of the AMSWS.
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A Resource for Collective Healing for Members of the Stolen Generations
This resource was launched in February 2015, at a public forum to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
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In the spirit of respect, Muru Marri acknowledges this country as belonging to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia. Australia is the only place in the world where Indigenous Australians belong, and there is no place in Australia where this is not true.