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Professor Naomi Sunderland


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  • Naomi Sunderland is a member of the School of Health Sciences and Social Work and Creative Arts Research Institute at Griffith University. Naomi is a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri First Nations People of Australia alongside her mixed European heritage. She has an extensive research and publishing record in arts-health, well-being, and First Nations social justice with a particular focus on creative, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed research approaches. She has an H-Index of 20 and has held ARC Discovery Indigneous and ARC Linkage grants. Sunderland taught in the First Peoples and Social Justice team at Griffith University from 2014 specialising in transformative learning and teaching, cultural and social health determinants, and anti-oppressive practice. She was awarded an Australian Research Council Fellowship (2021-2024) to study the effect of First Nations' music on social and cultural determinants of health. She is a singer-songwriter and healer and has a PhD in applied ethics and human rights from the Queensland University of Technology.