Prof Ngiare Brown


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National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Ngiare is a proud Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW. She is passionate about Indigenous health, child safety and adolescent development, and building the evidence base that demonstrates connection across culture, resilience and wellbeing.
Dr Ngiare Brown was one of the first Aboriginal medical gradates in Australia. She completed her medical degree at the University of Newcastle in 1992 and graduated with a Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from JCU in 2000. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is currently undertaking doctoral research in Aboriginal child protection at the University of New South Wales.

During her career Ngiare has held a variety of positions in education, mentoring, clinical practice, research and advocacy. She is a founding member and was foundation chief executive officer with the Aboriginal Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA); founding member of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors’ Congress (PRIDoC); Associate Professor and Director of the Poche Centre of Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney; Indigenous Health Adviser to the Australian Medical Association; and Manager of Preventative Indigenous Health Programs for World Vision Australia. She was the Assistant Director at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, where she developed a program around child health and human rights within the child health division. Ngiare is an inaugural member of the AHRC Close the Gap Campaign. In 2005 she was named the AMA’s Woman in Medicine for her contributions to the profession.

She has made extensive contributions in research process, bioethics, policy, translation and practice within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and has worked over the past two decades to develop an extensive international network in indigenous health and research.

Ngiare is currently Executive Manager Research and Senior Public Health Medical Officer at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation where she is making a significant contribution to the research and reform agenda. She also has an academic appointment at the University of Wollongong as Professor of Indigenous Health and Education.