Ms Suzanne Plater

Academic, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Telephone +61 2 9351 8488

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Biographical details

Suzanne Plater 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 has recently returned from NE Arnhem Land where she had the opportunity to practice health promotion, Yolngu-style.

Suzanne is currently researching the changes experienced by mature-age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university graduates and what they, their families and communities value about those changes. She is also pursuing other research topics that are relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education and health.

Suzanne has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion, a Master of Philosophy (Medicine) and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine).

Awards and honours

Dean's Award for Support of the Student Experience, 2013

Conference Presentations:

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.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • 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, in press.
  • Plater, S. (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. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41(2), 156-161. [More Information]

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, in press.

2013

  • Plater, S. (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. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 41(2), 156-161. [More Information]

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