HaBS researcher featured in Wiley Naidoc Week special collection

10 November 2020

To celebrate Naidoc Week, Wiley are featuring a special content collection around this year’s theme Always Was, Always Will Be. 

 Dr Leanne Coombe

A study led by Dr Leanne Coombe from UQ's Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences titled Educating for Indigenous public health competence – how do we stack up in Australia?' is highlighted in this collection. 

We asked Dr Coombe what led her to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and what this year's theme means to her. 

"Initially it was as simple as moving out to work in rural and remote areas after graduating as a clinician," Dr Coombe said. 

"However, after meeting a traditional healer and elder from Cape York who asked me to do something for him, I promised I would and this became an oath I continue to uphold today.

"This year’s theme is a reminder that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were always here from the beginning.

"Thanks to their incredible strengths and resilience they always will be here and should be celebrated as the longest surviving cultures in the world."

Read the full collection of more than 80 free-to-access research papers spanning a range of topics centred around this year’s theme: Always was, Always will be.

Watch a short video about Professor Coombe's research