Prof. Dennis McDermott

Director, The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Wellbeing

Flinders University SA


dennis.mcdermott@flinders.edu.au
+61 8 8201 7904

Staff Bio

Dennis is the Associate Head of Faculty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University. He is also the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Adelaide. A Koori man, his mother’s family are from Gadigal land (inner Sydney) with connections to Gamilaroi country (north-west NSW). Dennis is a psychologist, academic and poet. He has worked in such diverse fields as alcohol and other drug education and counselling, private therapeutic practice, community health and men’s health research. He has trained Aboriginal foster carers, supervised counsellors to the ‘stolen generations’ and worked with families dealing with a death in custody. Dennis’s teaching and research interests encompass early childhood, social determinants of Indigenous health, racism, incarceration, Indigenous social, spiritual and emotional well-being, workforce development, Indigenous health pedagogy, and the nexus of culture and context in service delivery.

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