Dr Anne Poelina
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Nulungu Research Institute
GDip Healh Prom., MEd, MA, MPHlth&TropMed, PhD
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.
Research expertise and supervision
Films (Director and Executive Producer)
Fonds Pacific (French Australian and Pacific Island Nations) research Partnership. Increasingly, international attention is being focused on developing effective ways to improve integrated approaches to land and water management. This is the focus of the Fonds Pacifique Water Governance Project, which aims to identify key issues and opportunities via a scoping project based on a number of case studies in the Pacific, including a Kimberley case study. I am the Team Leader for the Kimberley Case Study.
Legal and Biodiveristy Values of the Mardoowarra/Fitzroy River. This project aims to develop an understanding of the interactions and feedbacks between the multiple values of biodiversity in the Mardoowarra catchment. It also aims to assess the capacity of existing legal regimes to effectively and equitably regulate the cultural, environmental, social and economic values of biodiversity, and the interactions between these values. This is important to indigenous and non-indigenous stakeholders in the area due to the immediacy of the threats to cultural and biological diversity in the Mardoowarra. Local indigenous communities are working to have the Kimberly included on the World Heritage List and are exploring issues of legal recognition of the Mardoowarra watercourse. This project feeds directly into these aims.
Stage 1 Study towards the Natural History & Cultural Park, Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River, Kimberley region, WA in a research partnership with VCSRG Research Group to develop a database and baseline for the design of Natural History & Cultural Park for Education and Tourism in Mardoowarra region.
Exploring Indigenous low carbon development and environmental protection: The nexus of climate change mitigation, environmental justice, and low carbon innovation in partnership with the UK University of Southampton Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences.