Dr Anne Poelina

GDip Healh Prom., MEd, MA, MPHlth&TropMed, PhD


  • Biography

    Anne is a Yimardoowarra marnin: an Indigenous woman from the Mardoowarra, Fitzroy River who has been appointed as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow by the IHR and Nulungu Institute in Broome. She has been a research consultant and research fellow for various universities for more than 28 years. She is an Adjunct Fellow of Charles Darwin University and an affiliate of Gaia University and has been a staff member of several other universities including the University of Queensland and the Southern Cross University.

    Dr Poelina is a highly qualified academic with three Master degrees and a PhD. She also has two undergraduate awards. Her PhD addresses the topic of Nyikina Indigenous Australian tradition and the importance of heritage and language to both Nyikina people’s social, cultural and economic wellbeing.  It is entitled: Action Research to Build the Capacity of Nyikina Indigenous Australians and is categorized as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Anne’s undergraduate qualifications and experience are in nursing, and her first Master qualification is in Public Health. Her current work focuses on building culture and conservation economies on country, which is on the National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River, in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia.

    Anne is currently a co-supervisor of a MPhil student enrolled through the Burn Injury Research Node in the School of Physiotherapy and A MPhil student exploring cultural and social determinants of health.