Ms Suzanne Plater

Academic, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Telephone 0409883240

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Biographical details

Research: I am currently using a decolonising methodology to explore what having a university education means to mature-age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates in the context of age, indigeneity and remoteness. I am also researching and writing about structural racism and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workplaces. My preferred data gathering methodology is ethnography (fieldwork), and I have spent time in remote communities in Arnhem Land, Cape York, central Queensland, the Gulf region and the Torres Strait.

Teaching: I coordinate and teach into a number of Master of Public Health units of study, mainly with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health.

Other: I am currently coordinating the Manymakgungunini Project, which aims to integrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges into the School of Public Health curriculum.

I came to the University of Sydney in 2008 after working as the Health Promotion Coordinator for Queensland Health’s Deadly Ears Program in regional and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. From 2009 to 2014, I coordinated and taught into the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion, an innovative and highly successful block-release program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults from urban, regional and remote communities across Australia.

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion, a Master of Philosophy (Medicine) and I am in the later stages of completing a Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine).

Research interests

Decolonising methodologies.

Higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from regional and remote communities.

Structural racism as it is operationalised in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workplaces and communities.

Connecting students and staff with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from remote communties.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce development.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Plater, S., Mooney-Somers, J., Lander, J., Barclay, L. (2017). Bulldust, flat tyres and roadkill: A disorderly decolonising fieldwork journey through remote aboriginal and Torres strait islander Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 70-83.
  • Plater, S., Mooney-Somers, J., Lander, J. (2015). The Fallacy of the Bolted Horse: Changing Our Thinking About Mature-Age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander University Students. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 44(1), 59-69. [More Information]
  • Plater, S. (2012). 'For the life of me, i can't see why those students were let go on so long': Educating the educators, aboriginal and torres strait islander-style. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41(2), 156-161. [More Information]

2017

  • Plater, S., Mooney-Somers, J., Lander, J., Barclay, L. (2017). Bulldust, flat tyres and roadkill: A disorderly decolonising fieldwork journey through remote aboriginal and Torres strait islander Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 70-83.

2015

  • Plater, S., Mooney-Somers, J., Lander, J. (2015). The Fallacy of the Bolted Horse: Changing Our Thinking About Mature-Age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander University Students. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 44(1), 59-69. [More Information]

2012

  • Plater, S. (2012). 'For the life of me, i can't see why those students were let go on so long': Educating the educators, aboriginal and torres strait islander-style. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41(2), 156-161. [More Information]

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