Ms Chontel Gibson

C43J - J Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02 9351 9216

Biographical details

Chontel Gibson is a Kamilaroi woman and was awarded an occupational therapy degree from University of Sydney in 2000. Since then, Chontel has worked as an occupational therapist, policy officer and academic, holding many leadership roles, including Board Director of Occupational Therapy Australia and the inaugural Deputy Chairperson of Indigenous Allied Health Australia. Chontel co-developed and continues to co-chair the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Occupational Therapy Network, which provides strategic advice in relation to occupational therapy in context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health, wellbeing and occupations. Chontel continues to contribute to and lead community-based policy and research projects, sharing and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s voices and aspirations in relation to health and wellbeing. Chontel has recently completed her PhD, working with older Aboriginal people to better understand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing.

Research interests

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing

Rural and remote services

Aged care

Curricula development

Teaching and supervision

Chontel's teaching draws on both Western and Indigenous knowledge systems to support transformative learning. Currently, Chontel teaches into the occupational therapy discipline, in both under graduate and post graduate courses. Chontel is also a member of the Faculty of Health Science's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curriculum Working Group. In the past, Chontel has worked within a number of allied health degrees and delivered subjects on-line. She has also been instrumental in transforming curricula development and design.

Current projects

Gulburra (To Understand)

Associations

Occupational Therapy Australia

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Occupational Therapy Network (NATSIOTN)

Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Themes

Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Health

Selected grants

2017

  • Gulburra (To Understand); Gibson C; Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) Research Foundation/OTA Research Foundation Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Gibson, C., Butler, C., Henaway, C., Dudgeon, P., Curtin, M. (2015). Indigenous peoples and human rights: Some considerations for the occupational therapy profession in Australia. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62(3), 214-218. [More Information]

2015

  • Gibson, C., Butler, C., Henaway, C., Dudgeon, P., Curtin, M. (2015). Indigenous peoples and human rights: Some considerations for the occupational therapy profession in Australia. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62(3), 214-218. [More Information]

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