Adjunct Professor Neil Drew

Adjunct Professor
Nulungu Research Institute

BA (Hons); PhD (Curtin University) 

Email: Neil.Drew@nd.edu.au

  • Biography

    Neil Drew is Director of the Australia Indigenous HealthInfoNet; an internet resource that informs practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by making research and other knowledge readily accessible. Neil has postgraduate qualifications in social psychology and over 30 years’ experience working with a diverse range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and groups. He was psychologist for the Department of Family Services in Queensland working with young offenders and the victims of child sexual abuse. Prior to joining the HealthInfoNet Neil held positions at the University of Notre Dame Australia including Foundation Head of Behavioural Science, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Deputy Head of the University Broome Campus of Reconciliation. From 2002-2005 he was Director of the University of Western Australia Institute for Regional Development. He was program coordinator of the Wundargoodie Aboriginal Youth and Community Wellbeing Program in the East Kimberley established in 2006. The program promotes wellness and suicide prevention with young people in East Kimberley Aboriginal communities. He is co-author of chapters in the text, Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Mental Health Wellbeing Principles and Practice (2010/14) and co-author of the text Social Psychology and Everyday Life (2010).

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Social Psychology of Justice
    Aboriginal Health
  • Books

    Hodgetts, D., Drew, N., Sonn, C., Nikora, L., & Curtis, C. (2010). Social Psychology and Everyday Life. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Book chapters

    • Adams, Y., Drew, N., & Walker, R. (2014) Principles of practice in mental health assessment with Aboriginal Australians. Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practices (2nd Ed) (pp. 243-260). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
    • Drew, N. (2014). Living and learning together: Principled practice for engagement and social transformation in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. In R. E. Rinehart, K. N. Barbour, & C. Pope (Eds.), Ethnographic worldviews: Transformations and social justice (pp. 77-91). Netherlands: Springer Press.
    • Drew, N. , Adams, Y., & Walker, R. (2010). Issues in mental health assessment with Indigenous Australians. In N. Purdie, P. Dudgeon., and Walker, R. (Eds). Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practices (pp. 191-209). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
    • Silburn, S., Glaskin, B., Henry, D., & Drew, N. (2010). Preventing suicide among Indigenous Australians. In N. Purdie, P. Dudgeon., and Walker, R. (Eds). Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practices (pp. 91-104). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
    • Morgan, M., & Drew, N. (2010). Principled engagement: Gelganyem Youth and Community Wellbeing Program. In N. Purdie, P. Dudgeon., and Walker, R. (Eds). Working together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practices (pp. 253-265). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Journal articles and proceedings

    • Drew, N., Pooley, J.A., & Gower, G. (2018). Chapter 16. Culture and Psychology. In Bernstein, D., Pooley, J.A., Cohen,L., Gouldthorp, B., Provost,S., & Cranney, J. Psychology, 2nd edition, 896-940. Cengage:Melbourne
    • Gower, G., Drew, N., & Pooley, J.A. (2018). Chapter 17 Indigenous Psychology. In Bernstein, D., Pooley, J.A., Cohen,L., Gouldthorp, B., Provost,S., & Cranney, J. Psychology, 2nd edition, 865-895. Cengage:Melbourne
    • Adams, M., Mataira, P., Walker, S., Hart, M., Drew, N., & Fleay, J. (2017). Cultural identity and practices associated with the health and wellbeing of Indigenous males. ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and Firsts Nations and First peoples’ Cultures, 1 (1), 42-61.
    • Drew, N., Wilks, J., Wilson, K., Kennedy, G. (2016). Standing up to be counted: data quality challenges in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education statistics. Australian Aboriginal Studies: Journal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2, 104-120.
    • Adams, M., Drew, N., Elwell, M., Harford- Mills, M., Macrae, A., O’Hara, T., & Trzesinski, A. (2016). The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet – Your health workforce support resource. Aboriginal & Islander Health Worker Journal,40,36-37.
    • Drew, N., & Burns, J. (2015). Working to deliver positive outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Transforming the Nation’s Healthcarehttp://issuu.com/faircountmedia/docs/tnh (retrieved 7.10.15)
    • Drew, N. (2015). Social and emotional wellbeing, natural helpers, critical health literacy and translational research: connecting the dots for positive health outcomes. Australasian Psychiatry. http://apy.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/09/22/1039856215604979.full.pdf+html (Retrieved 7.10.15).
    • Drew, N., & Wilks, J. (2015). Developing a culturally appropriate data quality framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education statistics: discussion paper. Sydney: Office of Learning and Teaching.
    • Wilks,J., & Drew, N. (2015). Developing a culturally appropriate data quality framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education statistics: final report. Sydney: Office of Learning and Teaching.
    • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (2015) Overview of Australian Indigenous health status, 2014. Retrieved [access date] from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/health-facts/overviews
  • Conference papers

    • Drew, N. (2015). Social and emotional wellbeing, critical health literacy and translational research: connecting the dots for positive health outcomes. Creating Futures, Cairns, 11-14th May, 2015.
    • Drew, N. (2014). Keynote Address: Rubber on the red dirt road: critical health literacy, translational research and the natural helper. RHW Aboriginal Health Conference, Perth, 5th July 2014.
    • Drew, N. (2014). Translational research: from uncertainty to action in Indigenous health. PHAA Conference, Perth 15-17 September, 2014.
    • Drew, N. (2014). Translational research and Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing: from research to action. 24th TheMHS Conference, Perth 26-29th August 2014
    • Drew, N. (2012). Keynote Address: Living and learning together: principled practice for engagement and social transformation. West Kimberley Youth Sector Conference, 28th – 30th November: Broome WA.
  • Professional affiliations

  • Awards

    • 2015 Certificate of Excellence in recognition of achieving the highest research income in a Faculty for 2014. Edith Cowan University.
    • 2010 UNDA Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence (Team Award).
    • 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). Citation for outstanding contribution to student learning (Team Award)
    • 2007 Life membership Community Arts Network WA.