Dr Cynthia Hunter

Honorary Senior Lecturer
Public Health
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Anthropology.

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 (0)415 202 611

Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

I completed a Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 1984. In that same year I moved to Sydney and began work on a Social Sciences project in Indonesia, teaching anthropology to undergraduate students for almost two years. I lived in a provincial capital in Sulawesi amongst urban residents who visited the local hospital and also the nearby traditional healer. This experience stimulated my interest in medical anthropology. On return to Sydney, enrolled in a PhD at the University of Newcastle in 1994. I undertook two years of fieldwork in Indonesia, on medical pluralism on the island of Lombok, completing a thesis titled: Sasak Identity and the Reconstitution of Health: Medical Pluralism in a Lombok Village (1997). From 1998 – 2004 I had academic positions teaching senior and postgraduate courses including: Master of Applied Anthropology and Development Studies (Macquarie); Medical Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Society and Culture in South-East Asia (Macquarie); Indonesian Cultures: Bali to Borneo, South-East Asia Exemplary Studies, Making of the Third World (Sydney); Health and Culture (School of Public Health, Sydney); and Sex and Sexuality in South Asia (Western Sydney). During this time I undertook several health related consultancies: AusAID, the Medical Officer and Allied Health Project (MONAHP) in Papua New Guinea and the Ford Foundation on Displaced Migration in Indonesia. From 2005 - 2008 I held a Senior Research Fellow position in which I worked for over a year as an ethnographer in two major paediatric hospitals. I was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health, University of Sydney from 2008 and then in a dual position with Anthropology in the School of Social and Political Sciences until my retirement in 2016.

Research interests

  • Ethnography as the major anthropological research method, process and product.
  • The anthropological study of zoonotic diseases and the human response in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Medical and hospital ethnography in high, middle and low income settings.
  • The application of ethnographically based research and other qualitative health research designs in international and national public health issues.
  • Anthropological research on contemporary Sasak society in Lombok
  • Children and paediatric cardiac surgery
  • Cross disciplinary studies with medical and veterinary sciences.

A full curriculum vitae is available for download, above top right under the contact details.

Keywords

Culture; Medical education; Medical anthropology; Social science; Communication

International links

East Timor

(National University Timor Leste and Ministry of Health Timor Leste) research collaboration

Indonesia

(Faculty of Medicine, Universitas of Indonesia World Health Organization (Indonesia)and Universitas Udayana, Bali, Universitas Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia) Research collaboration

South Africa

(Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital (RCWMH) University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa) Research collaboration

Selected grants

2015

  • An anthropological socio-cultural study of the significance of pigs, pig raising and production in Timor-Leste and Eastern Indonesia; Hunter C, Toribio J; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/Faculty Cross-disciplinary Research Support Scheme for Social Impact.

2013

  • Strengthening links with Laos PDR, the Office for Global Health and the South East Asian Studies Centre through Cervical Cancer Prevention; Trevena L, Hunter C, Thammalangsy S; Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant.
  • Assessing household patterns of poultry and egg production in relation to their contribution to the local Timor Leste diet; Hunter C; SSPH/Cross- discipline Collaboration Seed Funding.

2012

  • Sydney Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity Network (SIBRN); Dhand N, Sorrell T, Bennett B, Booy R, Crawford J, Dwyer D, Gilbert G, Giles F, Holmes A, Hossain L, Iredell J, Jones C, Kesson A, Kerridge I, Marais B, Simpson S, Sintchenko V, Ward M, Werder O, Britton W, Hunter C, Kamradt-Scott A, Mor S, Salkeld G, Shaw T, Smith F, Wood N; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2009

  • A Community response to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Bali and Lombok, Indonesia; Hunter C; World Health Organisation (Switzerland)/WHO Indonesia.
  • An evaluation of the communication strategies used between health practitioners and teams in the major public teaching hospital Cipto Mangunkusumo, Jakarta Indonesia; Hunter C; Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant.
  • "Pilot Study of Evaluation of Communication Strategies used between Health Practitioners and teams in the major teaching hospital Cipto Mangunkusumo, Jakarta "; Hunter C; University of Sydney/International Development Fund.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Adiputra, N., Ambarawati, A., Yusuf, I., Hunter, C., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Birden, H. (2013). WHO Report: A Community Response to Avian Influenza in Bali Indonesia. Indonesia: Udayama University.
  • Muktasam, I., Gerudug, I., Hunter, C., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Birden, H. (2013). WHO Report: A Community Response to Avian Influenze in Lombok Indonesia. Indonesia: Mataram University.

Book Chapters

  • Hunter, C., Scheinberg, A. (2012). Informal Learning Amongst Pediatric Rehabilitation Teams - An Ethnography of Tea-Room Talk. In Loshini Naidoo (Eds.), An Ethnography of Global Landscapes and Corridors, (pp. 209-222). Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Publishers.

Journals

  • Vivian, L., Comitis, G., Naidu, C., Hunter, C., Lawrenson, J. (2018). A first qualitative snapshot: cardiac surgery and recovery in 10 children in the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa (2011�2016). Cardiology in the Young, 28. [More Information]
  • Rachmi, C., Hunter, C., Baur, L. (2018). Food choices made by primary carers (mothers/grandmothers) in West Java, Indonesia. Appetite.
  • Chol, C., Hunter, C., Debru, B., Haile, B., Negin, J., Cumming, R. (2018). Stakeholders� perspectives on facilitators of and barriers to the utilisation of and access to maternal health services in Eritrea: a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18, 35.
  • Hunter, C. (2017). Communication, teamwork, and challenges for surgical ward staff in a teaching hospital in Indonesia. Indonesian Journal of Public Health, In Press.
  • Rachmi, C., Hunter, C., Li, M., Baur, L. (2017). Perceptions of overweight by primary carers (mothers/grandmothers) of under five and elementary school-aged children in Bandung, Indonesia: a qualitative study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Mutepfa, M., Hunter, C., Mpofu, E., Cumming, R. (2016). Personal and Social Resourcing in everyday life among Zimbabwean Grandparents in Carer Roles. Aging And Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 6(3), 51-64. [More Information]
  • Mutepfa, M., Hunter, C., Mpofu, E., Cumming, R. (2016). Personal and social resourcing of everyday health and wellbeing among Zimbabwean grandparents in carer roles. Aging And Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 6(3), 51-64.
  • Quinn, M., Hunter, C., Ray, S., Quadir, M., Sen, K., Cumming, R. (2016). The Double Burden: Barriers and Facilitators to Socioeconomic Inclusion for Women with Disability in Bangladesh. Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, 27(2), 128-149. [More Information]
  • Farrell, P., Hunter, C., Truong, B., Bunning, M. (2015). Control of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam: Voices from the human-animal interface. Rural and Remote Health, 15(3044), 1-13.
  • Hunter, C., Birden, H., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Abdurrahman, M., Ambarawati, A., Adiputra, N. (2014). Community preparedness for highly pathogenic Avian influenza on Bali and Lombok, Indonesia. Rural and Remote Health, 14(3), 1-17.
  • Senarathna, L., Hunter, C., Dawson, A., Dibley, M. (2013). Social dynamics in rural Sri Lankan hospitals: Revelations from self-poisoning cases. Qualitative Health Research, 23(11), 1481-1494. [More Information]
  • Jiang, H., Li, M., Yang, D., Wen, L., Hunter, C., He, G., Qian, X. (2012). Awareness, Intention, and Needs Regarding Breastfeeding: Findings from First-Time Mothers in Shanghai, China. Breastfeeding Medicine, 7(6), 526-534. [More Information]
  • Hunter, C., West, C. (2010). Challenges in achieving positive outcomes for children with complex congenital conditions: Safety and continuity of care. Health Sociology Review, 19(1), 86-99. [More Information]
  • Hunter, C. (2010). Charting Indonesia's health: Systematic research paves the way for better strategies to improve health outcomes. Inside Indonesia, 99.
  • Titaley, C., Hunter, C., Dibley, M., Heywood, P. (2010). Why do some women still prefer traditional birth attendants and home delivery?: a qualitative study on delivery care services in West Java Province, Indonesia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 10, 43-1-43-14. [More Information]
  • Titaley, C., Hunter, C., Heywood, P., Dibley, M. (2010). Why don't some women attend antenatal and postnatal care services?: a qualitative study of community members' perspectives in Garut, Sukabumi and Ciamis districts of West Java Province, Indonesia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 10(61), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Hunter, C., Spence, K., McKenna, K., Iedema, R. (2008). Learning how we learn: an ethnographic study in a neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62(6), 657-664. [More Information]
  • Hunter, C., Scheinberg, A., Spence, K. (2008). Untangling the web of critical incidents': Ethnography in a paediatric setting. Anthropology and Medicine, 15(2), 91-103. [More Information]
  • Finkler, K., Hunter, C., Iedema, R. (2008). What Is Going on?: Ethnography in Hospital Spaces. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 37(2), 246-250. [More Information]
  • Long, D., Hunter, C., van der Geest, S. (2008). When the field is a ward or a clinic: Hospital ethnography. Anthropology and Medicine, 15(2), 71-78. [More Information]
  • Hunter, C. (2006). People in between: There is no home and no justice for failed asylum seekers. Inside Indonesia, 88.
  • Hunter, C. (2005). The 'people in between': Indonesia and the failed asylum seekers to Australia. RIMA: Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 38(2), 101-127.

Conferences

  • Bagnol, B., Alders, R., Hunter, C., Lia, M., Mor, S., Naysmith, S., Rushton, J., Rushton, J. (2014). Social scientists and the One Health approach. Medical Humanities in Africa Conference, South Africa: South African Medical Association.
  • Hunter, C. (2005). The Struggle for Recognition: Failed Asylum Seekers to Australia. Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Australia: Common Ground Publishing.

Research Reports

  • Adiputra, N., Ambarawati, A., Yusuf, I., Hunter, C., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Birden, H. (2013). A Community Response to Avian Influenza in Bali Indonesia, (pp. 1 - 63). Denpasar, Indonesia: Udayana University.
  • Muktasam, I., Gerudug, I., Hunter, C., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Birden, H. (2013). A Community Response to Avian Influenza in Lombok Indonesia, (pp. 3 - 156). Mataram, Indonesia: Mataram University.

2018

  • Vivian, L., Comitis, G., Naidu, C., Hunter, C., Lawrenson, J. (2018). A first qualitative snapshot: cardiac surgery and recovery in 10 children in the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa (2011�2016). Cardiology in the Young, 28. [More Information]
  • Rachmi, C., Hunter, C., Baur, L. (2018). Food choices made by primary carers (mothers/grandmothers) in West Java, Indonesia. Appetite.
  • Chol, C., Hunter, C., Debru, B., Haile, B., Negin, J., Cumming, R. (2018). Stakeholders� perspectives on facilitators of and barriers to the utilisation of and access to maternal health services in Eritrea: a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 18, 35.

2017

  • Hunter, C. (2017). Communication, teamwork, and challenges for surgical ward staff in a teaching hospital in Indonesia. Indonesian Journal of Public Health, In Press.
  • Rachmi, C., Hunter, C., Li, M., Baur, L. (2017). Perceptions of overweight by primary carers (mothers/grandmothers) of under five and elementary school-aged children in Bandung, Indonesia: a qualitative study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), 1-13. [More Information]

2016

  • Mutepfa, M., Hunter, C., Mpofu, E., Cumming, R. (2016). Personal and Social Resourcing in everyday life among Zimbabwean Grandparents in Carer Roles. Aging And Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 6(3), 51-64. [More Information]
  • Mutepfa, M., Hunter, C., Mpofu, E., Cumming, R. (2016). Personal and social resourcing of everyday health and wellbeing among Zimbabwean grandparents in carer roles. Aging And Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 6(3), 51-64.
  • Quinn, M., Hunter, C., Ray, S., Quadir, M., Sen, K., Cumming, R. (2016). The Double Burden: Barriers and Facilitators to Socioeconomic Inclusion for Women with Disability in Bangladesh. Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, 27(2), 128-149. [More Information]

2015

  • Farrell, P., Hunter, C., Truong, B., Bunning, M. (2015). Control of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam: Voices from the human-animal interface. Rural and Remote Health, 15(3044), 1-13.

2014

  • Hunter, C., Birden, H., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Abdurrahman, M., Ambarawati, A., Adiputra, N. (2014). Community preparedness for highly pathogenic Avian influenza on Bali and Lombok, Indonesia. Rural and Remote Health, 14(3), 1-17.
  • Bagnol, B., Alders, R., Hunter, C., Lia, M., Mor, S., Naysmith, S., Rushton, J., Rushton, J. (2014). Social scientists and the One Health approach. Medical Humanities in Africa Conference, South Africa: South African Medical Association.

2013

  • Adiputra, N., Ambarawati, A., Yusuf, I., Hunter, C., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Birden, H. (2013). A Community Response to Avian Influenza in Bali Indonesia, (pp. 1 - 63). Denpasar, Indonesia: Udayana University.
  • Muktasam, I., Gerudug, I., Hunter, C., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Birden, H. (2013). A Community Response to Avian Influenza in Lombok Indonesia, (pp. 3 - 156). Mataram, Indonesia: Mataram University.
  • Senarathna, L., Hunter, C., Dawson, A., Dibley, M. (2013). Social dynamics in rural Sri Lankan hospitals: Revelations from self-poisoning cases. Qualitative Health Research, 23(11), 1481-1494. [More Information]
  • Adiputra, N., Ambarawati, A., Yusuf, I., Hunter, C., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Birden, H. (2013). WHO Report: A Community Response to Avian Influenza in Bali Indonesia. Indonesia: Udayama University.
  • Muktasam, I., Gerudug, I., Hunter, C., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Birden, H. (2013). WHO Report: A Community Response to Avian Influenze in Lombok Indonesia. Indonesia: Mataram University.

2012

  • Jiang, H., Li, M., Yang, D., Wen, L., Hunter, C., He, G., Qian, X. (2012). Awareness, Intention, and Needs Regarding Breastfeeding: Findings from First-Time Mothers in Shanghai, China. Breastfeeding Medicine, 7(6), 526-534. [More Information]
  • Hunter, C., Scheinberg, A. (2012). Informal Learning Amongst Pediatric Rehabilitation Teams - An Ethnography of Tea-Room Talk. In Loshini Naidoo (Eds.), An Ethnography of Global Landscapes and Corridors, (pp. 209-222). Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Publishers.

2010

  • Hunter, C., West, C. (2010). Challenges in achieving positive outcomes for children with complex congenital conditions: Safety and continuity of care. Health Sociology Review, 19(1), 86-99. [More Information]
  • Hunter, C. (2010). Charting Indonesia's health: Systematic research paves the way for better strategies to improve health outcomes. Inside Indonesia, 99.
  • Titaley, C., Hunter, C., Dibley, M., Heywood, P. (2010). Why do some women still prefer traditional birth attendants and home delivery?: a qualitative study on delivery care services in West Java Province, Indonesia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 10, 43-1-43-14. [More Information]
  • Titaley, C., Hunter, C., Heywood, P., Dibley, M. (2010). Why don't some women attend antenatal and postnatal care services?: a qualitative study of community members' perspectives in Garut, Sukabumi and Ciamis districts of West Java Province, Indonesia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 10(61), 1-12. [More Information]

2008

  • Hunter, C., Spence, K., McKenna, K., Iedema, R. (2008). Learning how we learn: an ethnographic study in a neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62(6), 657-664. [More Information]
  • Hunter, C., Scheinberg, A., Spence, K. (2008). Untangling the web of critical incidents': Ethnography in a paediatric setting. Anthropology and Medicine, 15(2), 91-103. [More Information]
  • Finkler, K., Hunter, C., Iedema, R. (2008). What Is Going on?: Ethnography in Hospital Spaces. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 37(2), 246-250. [More Information]
  • Long, D., Hunter, C., van der Geest, S. (2008). When the field is a ward or a clinic: Hospital ethnography. Anthropology and Medicine, 15(2), 71-78. [More Information]

2006

  • Hunter, C. (2006). People in between: There is no home and no justice for failed asylum seekers. Inside Indonesia, 88.

2005

  • Hunter, C. (2005). The 'people in between': Indonesia and the failed asylum seekers to Australia. RIMA: Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 38(2), 101-127.
  • Hunter, C. (2005). The Struggle for Recognition: Failed Asylum Seekers to Australia. Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Australia: Common Ground Publishing.

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