Ms Joanne Hedges

Ms Joanne Hedges
 Position Aboriginal Research Officer
 Org Unit ARCPOH
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0869
 Mobile +61 4 3152 4995
 Location Floor/Room WS9105.07 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background


    I am a Yamatji woman. I have strong beliefs about the need for good oral health as part of improved general health and wellbeing for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

    I worked previously with the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) for over 26 years.


    Qualified Dental Nurse

    Qualified Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW)

    Cert IV Training & Assessment

    I commenced working at VAHS as a qualified practicing dental nurse I was promoted to Aboriginal Health Worker (AHW), and subsequently undertook a range of project officer and managerial roles.

    Over the years I have gained significant expertise, experience and insight into the challenges of Aboriginal health and the associated politics.

    Employed at ARCPOH since 2011 as an Aboriginal research officer I am working in the field with mothers and their babies in a study aligned to Early Childhood Caries (Baby Teeth Talk).

    An exciting methodological component of this research involves the application of Motivational Interviewing. This is the first time this technique has been used in oral health within Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander communities of Australia.

    Previous Work Participation

    Member of National Heart Foundation Aboriginal Reference Group

    Aboriginal Health Council South Australia & National Prescribing Service - Quality Use of Medicines (Lead Train the Trainer)

    Royal Australian College of General Practitioners- International Normalised Ratio (INR) Anticoagulant Medicines - Researcher

    Australian Pharmacy Guild -Quality Use of Medicines -Project Officer

    Victorian Cancer Council -(Bowel Cancer) Aboriginal Project Officer

    Sponsored Studies

    Australian National Prescribing Service - Promoting Rational Use of Medicines in the Community a two week winter course in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Current Studies

    I also commenced my Masters of Public Health (p/t) in late 2012. I look forward to integrating my academic work with my researcher role to make a positive contribution to improved understanding and therefore effective and positive intervention in the health and wellbeing of the next generation and generations to come.


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Entry last updated: Thursday, 9 Aug 2018

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