Ms Suzanne Plater
Academic, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Suzanne Plater is currently using a decolonising methodology to find out what having a university education means to mature-age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates in the context of age, indigeneity and remoteness. She spends time in communities in Cape York, the Gulf and Arnhem Land to better understand her research partner’s perspectives, and involves them in every stage of the research. She is also pursuing other research topics that are relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education and health.
Suzanne 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 she 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.
Suzanne still teaches into this program, and now coordinates and teaches into the Master of Public Health’s Indigenous Health Promotion unit of study. She is involved in the development and implementation of an initiative to encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to complete higher degrees by research, and continues developing and implementing health promotion initiatives with remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Suzanne has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion, a Master of Philosophy (Medicine) and is undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine).
Higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from regional and remote communities.
Neocolonialism as it plays out in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Health protection and development.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce development.
Awards and honours
Dean's Award for Support of the Student Experience, 2013
Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME), 2013. '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.