Associate Professor Melissa A. Lindeman

Ph.D., Grad.Dip.VET., M.Policy & Law, B.A.

University Fellow

Melissa is currently Manager, Family and Domestic Violence Service at NPY Women’s Council, Alice Springs. She has a long career in health and community services having held positions in policy, service development, research and education. Prior to joining NPY Women’s Council, she worked for seven years at the Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University in Alice Springs, as Director of the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development Program (PHCRED). This period also included two years as Head of Research. She has also held senior academic positions at Deakin University, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, and the National Ageing Research Institute (University of Melbourne), and various positions in government (Victoria and NT).

Research Interests

  • Rural and remote communities including workforce and service delivery
  • Indigenous health, dementia and ageing, social determinants of health
  • Qualitative and participatory methodologies, including action research
  • Workplace learning and capacity building

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Research Projects

Current Projects

NHMRC (APP1045737), $1,742,188 (2013-2017)

‘Gotta be sit down and worked out together’. Using participatory action research to test an empowerment intervention addressing the needs of unpaid carers of older Aboriginal people.

Chief Investigators: LoGiudice, D., Flicker, L., Smith, K., Bessarab, D., Atkinson, D., Lindeman, M.A., Beer, C.

Publications & Resources

Book Chapters

Hill, K., C. Barrett, R. Smith, & Lindeman M.A. (2003). Falls. In S. Carmondy & S. Foster (eds.), Aged Care Nursing. A guide to practice. Melbourne: Ausmed Publications.

Journal Articles

Lindeman, M.A., Smith, K., LoGuidice, D., & Elliott, M. (2016). Community care for Indigenous older people: an update. Australasian Journal on Ageing, early view (on line). DOI:10.111/ajag.12316.

Kuipers, P., Lindeman, M.A., Grant, L., & Dingwall, K. (2016). Front-Line Worker Perspectives on Indigenous Youth Suicide in Central Australia: Initial Treatment and Response. Advances in Mental Health, 14(2), 106-117.

Flouris, A., Crane, P., & Lindeman, M.A. (2016). Youth programs in remote Indigenous communities: context matters. Rural Society. The Journal of Research into Rural and Regional Social Issues in Australia and New Zealand, 25(1), 37-54.

Gausia, K., Thompson, S., Lindeman, M.A., Brown, L., & Perkins, D. (2015). Contribution of university departments of rural health to rural health research: An analysis of outputs. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23(2), 101-106.

Lindeman, M.A., Kuipers, P., & Grant, L. (2014). Front-line worker perspectives on Indigenous youth suicide in Central Australia: contributors and prevention strategies. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. 17(1), 191-196.

Bell, D., Lindeman, M.A., & Reid, J.B. (2015). The (mis)matching of resources and assessed need in remote Aboriginal community aged care. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 34(3), 171-176.

Lindeman, M.A., Dingwall, K.M., & Bell, D. (2014). Towards better preparation and support for health and social care practitioners conducting specialised assessments in remote Indigenous contexts. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 49(4), 445-465.

Dingwall, K.M., Lindeman M.A., & Cairney, S. (2014). “You’ve got to make it relevant”: barriers and ways forward for assessing cognition in Aboriginal clients. BMC Psychology, 2(13), 1-11.

Kuipers, P., Harvey, D., Lindeman, M.A., & Stothers, K. (2014). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners in rural areas: credentialing, context and capacity building.  Rural and Remote Health, 14(2897 Online), .1-6.

Lindeman, M.A., & Flouris, A. (2013). Youth program workforce in remote Indigenous communities: what do we need and what can we expect? New Community, 11(3), Issue 43, 61-67

Amsters, D., Kendall, M., Schuurs, S., Lindeman, M.A., & Kuipers, P. (2013). Allied Health professionals as consultants: an exploratory study in an Australian context. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice,11(3), 1-10.

Schouten, K., Lindeman, M.A., & Reid, J.B. (2013). Nutrition and older Indigenous Australians: service delivery implications in remote communities. A narrative review. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 32(4), 204-210.

Carey, T.A., Wakerman, J., Humphreys, J.A., Buykx, P., & Lindeman, M.A. (2013). What primary health care services should residents of rural and remote Australia be able to access? A systematic review of “core” primary health care services. BMC Health Services Research, 13, 178. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-178

Dingwall, K., Pinkerton, J., & Lindeman, M.A. (2013). “People like Numbers”: A descriptive study of cognitive assessment methods in clinical practice for Aboriginal Australians in the Northern Territory. BMC Psychiatry, 13(42).

Lopes, J., Flouris, A., & Lindeman, M.A. (2013). Youth programs in Central Australian Aboriginal communities: a review of the literature. Youth Studies Australia, 32(1), 55-62

LoGiudice, D., Smith, K., Shadforth, G., Lindeman, M.A., Carroll, E., Atkinson, D., Schaper, F., Lautenschlager, N., Murphy, R., & Flicker, L. (2012). Lungurra Ngoora:   A pilot model of care for aged and disabled in a remote Aboriginal community. Can it work? Rural and Remote Health, 12(2078 Online), 1-11.

Lindeman, M.A., Taylor, K.A., Kuipers, P., Stothers, K., & Piper, K. (2012). ‘We don’t have anyone with dementia here’: a case for better intersectoral collaboration for remote Indigenous clients with dementia. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20, 190-194.

Taylor, K.A., Lindeman, M.A., Stothers, K., Piper, K., & Kuipers, P. (2012). Intercultural communications in remote Aboriginal Australian communities: what works in dementia education and management? Health Sociology Review, 21(2), 208-19.

Lopes, J., Lindeman, M.A., Taylor, K.A., & Grant, L. (2012). Cross cultural education in suicide prevention: development of a training resource for use in Central Australian Indigenous communities. Advances in Mental Health, 10(3), 224-234.

Kowal, P., Gibson, R., Wutzke, S., Smith, K., Cotter, P., Strivens, E., Lindeman, M.A., LoGiudice, D., & Broe, G. (2011). Roundtable discussion: data on ageing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. World Medical & Health Policy, 3(3), Article 7. 

Smith, K., Flicker, L., Shadforth, G., Carroll, E., Ralph, N.,  Atkinson, D., Lindeman, M.A., Schaper, F., Lautenschlager, N.T., & LoGiudice, D. (2011). ‘Gotta be sit down and worked out together’: views of Aboriginal caregivers and service providers on ways to improve dementia care for Aboriginal Australians. Rural and Remote Health, 11(1650 Online), 1-14.

Muecke, A., Lenthall, S., & Lindeman, M.A. (2011). Culture shock and health care workers in remote Indigenous communities of Australia: what do we know and how can we measure it? Rural and Remote Health, 11(1607 Online), 1-13.

Lindeman, M.A. (2009). Emerging tensions in the use of assessment tools in home and community care. Practice Reflexions, 4(1), 41-52.

Lindeman, M.A. (2009). Assessment staff in home and community care (HACC) services: issues of learning and professional identity in Australia. Health and Social Care in the Community, 17(44), 406-414.

Lindeman, M.A. (2008). Using action learning for developing staff skills in interviewing children in child protection: a reflection on practice. Action Learning and Action Research Journal, 13(1), 53-64.

Lindeman, M.A., & Pedler, R.P. (2008). Assessment of Indigenous older peoples' needs for home and community care in remote Central Australia. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 23(1), 85-95.

Lindeman, M.A., & Newman, V. (2006). Addressing training needs for community care assessment in remote Indigenous communities. Geriaction, 24(4), 15-21.

Zon, A., Lindeman, M.A., Williams, A., Ross, D., Hayes, C., & Furber, M. (2004). Cultural safety in child protection: applications for the workplace environment and casework practice. Australian Social Work, 57(3), 288-298.

Black, K.J., Osborne, D.N., & Lindeman, M.A. (2004). Access to Local Government HACC services for people speaking a language other than English at home. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 10(1), 9-15.

Lindeman M.A., Black K., Smith R., Gough J., Bryce A., Gilsenan B., Hill, K., & Stewart A. (2003). Changing practice in residential aged care using participatory methods. Education for Health. Change in learning and practice, 16(1), 22-31

Lindeman, M.A., Vrantsidis, F., Gough, J., & Smith, R. (2002). Action research in aged care: a model for practice change and development. Geriaction, 20(1), 10-14 

Mayhew-Rankcom, V., Lindeman, M.A., Hill, K., & Smith, R. (2001). Who should get personal alarms? The development of instruments for the assessment of need. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 7(3), 54-62

Lindeman, M.A. (2001). Implications for training personal care workers in complex care. Just Policy, 23, 53-57.

Refereed Conference Papers

Lindeman, M.A., Jensen, H., Bell, D., & Farthing, A. 2014). A ‘key worker’ model to improve service pathways for Aboriginal people with dementia in remote Central Australia' Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) National Conference. Kingscliff, NSW, 17-20 Sep.

Lindeman, M.A., Taylor, K.A., Dingwall, K., Lopes, J., Reid, J.B., & Grant, L. (2013). Towards systematic data collection and referral pathways for Indigenous youth suicide attempts. 12th National Rural Health Conference, Adelaide, 7-10 Apr.

Lindeman M.A., & Jensen H. (2012). Dementia in Indigenous communities: a ‘knowledge-to-action’ professional development program for remote practitioners.  Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), Launceston, 20-23 Sep.

Jensen H., Logiudice D., Smith K., Lindeman M.A., Flicker L., & Atkinson D. (2012).  Pathways to care for Indigenous people with dementia in Central Australia. Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), Launceston, 20-23 Sep.

Lindeman, M.A., Gough, J., Smith, R., Black, K., Bryce, A., Gilsenan, B., Hill K., & Stewart, A. (2000). Facilitating change in aged care residential settings through action research: the Well for Life project. Archives of The World Congress, 5th on Action Learning, Action Research and Process Management, and 9th on Participatory Action Research, Ballarat, 10-13 Sep.

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

Professional Positions

  • Associate Professor, Flinders NT, Flinders University (Honorary, with full academic status)
  • Fellow, Australian Association of Gerontology (in recognition of outstanding achievement in gerontology)
  • Director of the Board, Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) (2010-2015)
  • Conference Convenor, AAG National Conference (2015)
  • Inaugural President of AAG, Northern Territory Division (2010-2014) 


  • Member, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)
Dr Melissa A. Lindeman


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