Sharynne Hamilton began working at RegNet in 2010, when she became the ANU’s first Indigenous Intern.
Sharynne Hamilton, the Australian National University’s inaugural Indigenous intern who was based at RegNet from 2010-2015, has been awarded the 2019 Shell Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year Award.
Sharynne, who is now a PhD scholar at the University of Western Australia, is conducting research which seeks to merge western neurodevelopmental science with the social determinants of Aboriginal health to provide a framework which promotes healing in Western Australian communities. Her research has led to peer-reviewed publications and invitations to publish in one of Australia’s most influential research-policy interface blogs, Power to Persuade. Sharynne’s work on family inclusion in child welfare, sporting initiatives in the Kimberley and with Elders and senior Aboriginal women documenting their ‘on-country’ birthing stories provide insights into initiatives that have positive impacts for Aboriginal communities. Her research excellence is recognised through an impressive list of awards and study grants, including the Neville Bonner Honours Scholarship (2013) and the Peter and Anne Hector Award for Aboriginal Health (2017).
Hear more about Sharynne’s research on this video on the award website.