Professor Terry Dunbar

University Fellow

Professor Dunbar was appointed the Director of the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Research Institute at ANU (Canberra) in October 2018.  Previously she was the Director of the Yaitya Purruna Indigenous Health Unit at The University of Adelaide.  Terry is currently completing her PhD candidature investigating the antecedent determinants of Aboriginal birthing outcomes in the NT.

Terry has developed strong relationships and working history with a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups across the Northern Territory through research and research governance.

She has worked at senior management levels in policy development and service delivery from both the Commonwealth and State level public services.

Projects include:

  • Research in Aboriginal health
  • Professional development
  • Research ethics fields

Her experience has been strengthened by continuous work with the NHMRC AHEC (from 2003) and at least two other institutional Human Research Ethics Committees (a member of one of these committees since 1996).

Research Interests

  • Qualitative research
  • Research ethics
  • Indigenous research
  • Evaluation of Indigenous health services and programs
  • Indigenous community learning pathways and adult learning
  • Community development and capacity enhancement
  • Social determinants of Aboriginal health


  • Bacthelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Studies (Higher Education Member) Member: Menzies School of Health Research and Territory Health Services Human Research Ethics Committee.
  • Commonwealth Health and Ageing HREC.
  • Australian Health Ethics Committee, NHMRC
  • Indigenous Forum Committee, NHMRC
  • Diabetes Australia Indigenous Advisory Committee
  • Public Officer for Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Shelter (DAIWS)
  • Charles Darwin University Human Research Ethics Committee.
  • NHMRC Biobanks Reference Group
  • National Health Committee, NHMRC

Link to Research Publications

Terry Dunbar


Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Research Institute
Canberra, ACT