Dr Cynthia Hunter
Senior Lecturer in International Public Health
A27 - Edward Ford Building
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.[Hide detail]
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
Australia. (Faculty of Medicine, Universitas of Indonesia
World Health Organization (Indonesia)and Universitas Udayana, Bali, Universitas Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia) Research collaboration.