Chelsea BondYour name and position?
Dr Chelsea Bond, Senior Research Fellow, UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

What have been your key career achievements?
I am an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and a Senior Lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit. I have worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and researcher in communities across south-east Queensland for the past 20 years and I have a strong interest in urban Indigenous health promotion, culture, identity and community development. My career has focused on interpreting and privileging Indigenous experiences of the health system including critically examining the role of Aboriginal health workers, the narratives of Indigeneity produced within public health, and advocating for strength based community development approaches to Indigenous health promotion practice. My PhD research, which examined the disjuncture between Indigenous and public health narratives of identity in an urban Aboriginal community, was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence placing me among the top 10 per cent of my graduating year. I have published a number of papers in relationship to strength-based health promotion practice, Indigenous social capital, and the conceptualisation of Aboriginality within public health. As an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, I examine how Indigenous educators within Australian higher educational institutions create culturally safe teaching and learning environments. In 2018, I was awarded an ARC DECRA, and I'm leading several research projects within UQ Poche as the Senior Research Fellow. I was awarded a University medal for academic excellence, named National NAIDOC Scholar of the Year, UQ Young Alumni, and Lowitja Institute’s emerging researcher award. I'm a board member of Inala Wangarra (an Indigenous community development association which I founded), and Screen Queensland. I am also a regular guest host of 98.9FM's Let's Talk program, a contributer to The Conversation and IndigenousX, and a mum of 5 children. In 2017, I was the first Indigenous academic to receive an ongoing appointment at The University of Queensland.

Have you faced any barriers as a woman?
I occupy a gendered and racialised position which presents a range of barriers in my career as an academic. It means working harder to be seen as ‘equal’ and while I might internally resist that idea that I should have to work harder, I’m keenly aware of the expectations of others – particularly those who cannot imagine me as an Aboriginal woman occupying a position of ‘knower’.

What areas are you particularly passionate about that you would like to see change for women in the future?
I’m interested to see how agendas which seek to advance women are more inclusive and intersectional (rather than universal) – recognising the different and unique concerns and requirements of women.

Can you suggest how young women, at any stage of their career or study, can overcome barriers and progress towards gender parity?
It requires resisting both the internal and external logics at play which insist to us that we don’t belong here. It means claiming a sense of entitlement – that we are entitled to be here, that we are entitled to have a career and a family life and work balance.

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