Terry Dunbar

Associate Professor Terry Dunbar

Visiting Research Fellow

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Terry is the Director of the Yaitya Purruna Indigenous Health Unit at The University of Adelaide and is also currently completing her PhD candidature investigating the antecedent determinants of Aboriginal birthing outcomes in the NT.

Terry has developed strong relationships and working history with a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups across the Northern Territory through research and research governance. She is keen to work with research teams in SA.

She has worked at senior management levels in policy development and service delivery from both the Commonwealth and State level public services.

Projects include:
•Research in Aboriginal health
•Professional development
•Research ethics fields

Her experience has been strengthened by continuous work with the NHMRC AHEC (from 2003) and at least two other institutional Human Research Ethics Committees (a member of one of these committees since 1996).

Research Interests
•Qualitative research
•Research ethics
•Indigenous research
•Evaluation of Indigenous health services and programs
•Indigenous community learning pathways and adult learning
•Community development and capacity enhancement
•Social determinants of Aboriginal health

2016 -





ARC Grant DP150102227. CI Prof J Wakerman. The impact and cost of short –term health staffing in remote communities. (3 years – lead Flinders University) CI status on this grant. 2015-2017 current $517,600

2012 -16

ARC Grant SR120100005 Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Researchers’ Network. NIRAKN Contract 1200001463 ( $2-3m out years contingent on Budget Appropriation and Provisions Act)CI status 21 Australian Universities involved – current – completes Dec 2016

2012 -14

NHMRC The development of a composite index of need for regional maternity services: the Australian Regional Birth Index, APP1024868 CI Prof LM Barclay (3years, $390,916).

2009 - 12

Evaluation of the Warlpiri Early Childhood Care & Development Program 2009-2011. Consultancy funding from World Vision Australia , and completed in partnership with: National Drug Research Institute; Curtin University of Technology; Graduate School for Health Practice; Institute of Advanced Studies & School of Education; Charles Darwin University; and School of Education), University of South Australia. ($15,645 - CDU). Total funding $136,710 over 3 years Research Fellow Completed.

2009 -11

Darwin Consultancy Project JV with Ernst & Young – Hospital Services Planning Program ($814,600). ($30K – CDU completed as Research Fellow).


Indigenous birth and family: Pathways, places and professionals, Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. LP0669519 CI Prof LM Barclay. PhD project was a nested project within this grant. Grant Total $373,000. Charles Darwin University PhD candidate ($150,000 over 1.5 yrs)  


Improving Housing Policy Responses to Indigenous Patterns of Mobility– Project 40526 AHURI Southern Research Centre. Consultancy partnership with Curtin University, University of Tasmania, CDU and University of South Australia ($27,722- completed Nov. 2010) $158,472 total Consultant Research Fellow.

2008 - 09

Consultant Principle Researcher for AMSANT: Cultural Security Project. Project in partnership with the Department of Health & Community Services completed in 2008. Total Consultancy value $160,000 - Principal Researcher.

2006 - 09

Bilateral Evaluation Projects with Department of Health and Community Services as Research Fellow.

2006 - 07

Evaluation of the Indigenous First Language Research and Consultation Model with

Department of Family and Children Services and Indigenous Affairs. Evaluation Researcher – research partnership with Larrakia Nation, School of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Yalu Marnggithinyaraw Management Committee. In-kind Consultant Evaluator and Report Writer

2006 - 07

Sustaining Public Housing Tenants with Difficult and Challenging Behaviour: A Good Practice Guide, AHURI funded Project. Consultancy with the University of Tasmania as Consultant Researcher for Northern Territory component. Research Fellow.

2005 - 07

Department of Health and Community Services Consultancy. Evaluation of the Strong Families, Strong Culture, Strong Future Project. Total value, $90,000 - Chief Investigator.

2005 - 07

Ethics Case Studies Project. Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Co-Chief Investigator, Nested project with CRCAH and Melbourne University. Research Fellow ($35,000 – CRCAH funded).

2003 - 07

The DRUID Study: Diabetes and Related conditions in Urban Indigenous people in the Darwin (Australia) region. Co-Chief Investigator – research partnership with Menzies School of Health, CRCAH, NT Department of Health, Danila Dilba Health Services and AusDiab (Melbourne). NHMRC funded.


Why Patients Discharge Against Medical Advice Project Evaluation Consultancy with the Department of Health and Community Services. Research Fellow – research partnership with Graduate School of Health Practice. Total value $79,000.


National Indigenous Child Care Plan for Department of Family and Children Services and Indigenous Affairs. Consultant Researcher Fellow for the Northern Territory component of a national project. Research partnership with Edith Cowan University.

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - ongoing Co-Supervisor How can training support the work aspirations of Anangu? Charles Darwin University Doctorate Full Time Janet Skewes
    2015 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Navigating by the stars Charles Darwin University Doctorate Part Time Jen Puch-Bouwman
    2015 - ongoing Co-Supervisor The importance of including Indigenous Knowledge in Pre-Service Teacher Education Charles Darwin University Education Doctorate Part Time Tracy Woodroffe
    2014 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Instructional language policy implementation in Northern Territory Indigenous Communities: A Critical pedagogue's Approach Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowlledges (Honours) Honours Full Time Benjamin Tedeschi
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor AYEYE-ILEME INGKETEME-AKERTE (following the footsteps of our Elders) Charles Darwin University Education Master Full Time Teresa Penganke Alice
  • Position: Visiting Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83136877
  • Email: terry.dunbar@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83136885
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Barr Smith South, floor 3
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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