Dr Dylan Coleman

Lecturer, Yaitya Purruna Indigenous Health Unit

The University of Adelaide

+61 8 8313 6878

Staff Bio

Dylan is a Kokatha (Gugada) Aboriginal/Greek woman from the far west coast of South Australia. She is a Lecturer in Yaitya Purruna, the Indigenous Health Unit at the University of Adelaide and teaches Indigenous Health to medical, dentistry and health science students. In 2011, Dylan completed her doctorate at the University of Adelaide’s English Department. It explores Indigenous narrative process and its capacity to recreate stories of trauma and loss into ones of survival and liberation. In 2011, the creative component of Dylan’s PhD, Mazin Grace (based on her mother’s childhood growing up on Koonibba Mission), won the Arts Queensland David Unaipon Award as part of the Queensland Premiers Literary Awards and was subsequently published in 2012 (her Master’s manuscript was also shortlisted for the same award). Dylan’s experience is in community engagement within various Indigenous communities throughout Australia, and in South Australia in the area of public health, with a focus on substance misuse and building community capacity and resilience through community controlled approaches to health. Research Interests: Indigenous community engagement; Social determinants of Indigenous health; Equitable and accountable frameworks in health policy development and delivery; Indigenous pathways to university Health Science degrees; Creative approaches to teaching and learning in the Health Sciences; Embedding Indigenous Knoweldges into Health Sciences curriculum; Intersections between creative media and psychological trauma recovery; and Participatory Action Research methodologies.

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