Jun 22, 2021 7:00 AM
Professor Roianne West
TBA

Professor Roianne West is a Kalkadunga and Djaku-nde woman hailing from her grandmother’s ancestral lands near Mount Isam, Australia. Her drive to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is part of a long family tradition and includes careers of nursing spanning four generations.

Prof. West is an active researcher and leads the Yuwan Gulgan study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety Education and Training at Griffith University which aims to improve safety and quality in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Safety health professional education and training through an Indigenous Research lens.

Prof. West has completed a Bachelor of Nursing, a Masters of Mental Health Nursing, and a PhD which developed a model of excellence for increasing Indigenous nurses in Australia 2012. Prof. West was Australia’s first Nursing Director in a tertiary hospital with a dedicated portfolio of Indigenous Health and is the only Aboriginal Nurse in the country currently who is a recipient of both the CATSINaM Sally Goold Award and Fellowship. She was also recently announced as the 2020 Lowitja Institute Cranlana.

Prof. West was Australia’s first Professor of Indigenous Health in a joint appointment between a state health service and a University school of nursing and midwifery, Foundation Chair in First Peoples Health, Director of the First Peoples Health Unit and the inaugural Dean of First Peoples Health all at Griffith University.