Prof. Roianne West (PHD, MMHN, RN BN) is a Kalkadoon and Djaku-nde woman born and raised in North West Queensland. Roianne has more than 25 years’ experience in Aboriginal health, education and research where she commenced as an Aboriginal Health Worker in the local Aboriginal Medical Service.

Dr Roianne West is Griffith University’s Inaugural Dean First Peoples (Health). Prior to this role Professor West was also Griffith University Foundation Professor First Peoples Health and Director of the First Peoples Health Unit of which she spearheaded the establishment of. Professor Wests research aims to the inform the development of culturally safe university health faculties and culturally safe health systems through innovative workforce development in accordance with Indigenist Research.

Presentation Title:

Indigenous Research: Critical to Realising the Health Service vision of Health and Wellbeing Through Exceptional Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples


The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service sets a vision of Health and wellbeing through exceptional care. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan sets a vision of a health system free of racism and inequality. This presentation will explore the critical role of Indigenous Research and the value of Indigenous knowledges in realising these visions for Indigenous families and communities.