Dr Cynthia Hunter

Public Health, School of Public Health

Telephone +61 2 9036 5045
Fax +61 2 9351 5049

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Biographical details

I was born in Western Australia and 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, after a brief contract at the University of Sydney, I worked on a Social Sciences project in Indonesia, teaching anthropology to undergraduate students for almost two years. This experience stimulated my interest in medical anthropology. On return to Sydney, I went on to complete my PhD at the University of Newcastle in 1996. I undertook two years of fieldwork in Indonesia, on medical pluralism on the island of Lombok. From 1998 – 2004 I had a series of 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 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 am interested in ethnographic research which informs the theoretical and pragmatic understandings of medicine and healing, health and development, power, locality and socio-cultural change. I have researched and published on medical pluralism, cultural identity and citizenship in Lombok, the trauma, lack of citizenship and displaced identities of local displacement, and of failed asylum seekers residing in Indonesia. In Australia, my research has focused on the everyday interactional aspects of clinical teams in hospital ward scenarios , what constitutes critical events, how they develop and how teams learn ‘on the job’.

Through my current research, and through supervision of PhD students, I am a strong advocate of
ethnographic research on public health issues in Australia, in Indonesia and the Asian subcontinent.
My current hospital ethnography research in Jakarta provides a comparative perspective to my earlier hospital ethnography in Australia. My World Health Organization (WHO) funded research on Avian Influenza in Indonesia is spearheading an interest in investigating biocultural and biosocial
community responses to zoonotic diseases.

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 issues.
  • Anthropological research on contemporary Sasak society in Lombok
  • Children and paediatrics

Teaching and supervision

Supervision

Jodie ELLIS PhD (SSPH)

Role: Principal supervisor. Topic: The Psycho-Social Impact of Food and Nutrition on Palliative Care Patients and Their Carers.

Shivaughn M. LEE-FORSYTH PhD (Medicine)

Role: Principal supervisor
Topic: Feminization of HIV/AIDS: Professional women and silent players in the carnival bacchanal.

Mikiko CHONO PhD (Anthropology)

Role: Associate supervisor, Prof. Gillian Cowlishaw, Principal supervisor
Topic: Lonely Utopia: A case study of Aboriginal perceptions of disability in remote Kimberley, Western Australia.

Christian TYM PhD (Spanish and Latin American Studies)

Role: Auxiliary supervisor

Topic: Intercultural Health at the Frontier of Expanding Nation-States: The Contested Amazonian Border Region of Ecuador and Peru.

Carolina QUESADA PhD (Anthropology)

Role: Primary supervisor
Topic: The sexual and reproductive experiences of women living in the south of Costa Rica.

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

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; DVC International/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); 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, Dhand N, Hunter C, Kamradt-Scott A, Mor S, Salkeld G, Shaw T, Smith F, Wood N; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2009

  • An evaluation of the communication strategies used between health practitioners and teams in the major public teaching hospital Cipto Mangunkusumo, Jakarta Indonesia; Hunter C; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
  • A Community response to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Bali and Lombok, Indonesia; Hunter C; World Health Organisation (Switzerland)/WHO Indonesia.
  • "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

  • 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.
  • 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. Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 38(2), 101-127.

Conferences

  • 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 [Final Report], (pp. 1 - 63). Switzerland: World Health Organization * Regional Office for Europe.
  • Muktasam, I., Gerudug, I., Hunter, C., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Birden, H. (2013). A Community Response to Avian Influenza in Lombok Indonesia [Final Report], (pp. 1 - 64). Switzerland: World Health Organisation.

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 [Final Report], (pp. 1 - 63). Switzerland: World Health Organization * Regional Office for Europe.
  • Muktasam, I., Gerudug, I., Hunter, C., Toribio, J., Booy, R., Birden, H. (2013). A Community Response to Avian Influenza in Lombok Indonesia [Final Report], (pp. 1 - 64). Switzerland: World Health Organisation.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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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