Dr. Chelsea Bond awarded an Australia Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

16 November 2017

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit’s Dr. Chelsea Bond has been awarded a prestigious Australia Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to continue her work in the field of Indigenous health.
This project aims to advance understanding of the importance of race in contemporary Indigenous public health discourse and practice.
Drawing from critical race theory, this project will illuminate our understanding of, and ability to address Indigenous health inequality and support the formulation of a race-critical Australia public health research agenda.
Dr. Bond said, “In the latest round only 16% of applications were successful so it was a real honour to be awarded a DECRA. The DECRA will enable me to focus on a particular field of study for the next 3 years”.
As for work, life, balance, Dr. Bond, who is also an Affiliate Member of the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, will have her hands full.
The DECRA scheme provides Dr Bond with the time and resources to advance her research but it will also support two postgraduate students to advance race critical public health scholarship.
Dr Bond states, “The impetus for this research agenda is a national policy goal of ‘a health system free of racism’ articulated in the current National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health Plan”. Dr Bond points out that while this is an admirable vision, without the necessary evidence-base, this vision will not become a reality and more research needs to be done in this area.  
The Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, Mr. Shane Drahm welcomed the DECRA to Dr Chelsea Bond and wished her well for the next 3 years as she continues her important Indigenous health research work.