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Research Focus Area Head, Aboriginal Health

BA (Education) PhD Candidate

Area of research expertise: Aboriginal health and emotional wellbeing; Aboriginal research methodologies; policy and advocacy

Glenn Pearson is the Head of Aboriginal Research and also leads the Kulunga Aboriginal Research Development Unit (KARDU) at the Telethon Kids Institute. He is a member of the Institute Leadership Team, People Leader, and leads the Institute’s Aboriginal Health Research Focus Area. Glenn has a state-wide mandate to ensure that the Institute's research reflects the needs of Aboriginal families and that research is conducted in accord with Aboriginal community ethical and cultural protocols. A trained primary school teacher, he has 15 years of experience in senior positions within the Australian and State Governments in a range of areas including health, education and child protection including almost 10 years with the now, Department of Child Protection and Family Support. He is also completing a Doctorate at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and his research project has explored delivery of child protection, child health and educational services to Aboriginal families in the Perth Metropolitan and Geraldton Regions.

Glenn has led from its inception the WA Aboriginal Health Knowledge Network (WAAHKN) an initiative that will see the establishment of four research hubs across the State and co located in local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs). This initiative is a partnership between the UWA Rural Clinical School of WA (RCSWA), the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) and the Telethon Kids Institute with the first hub to be established in Broome. Glenn is also leading the establishment of the Institute’s Telethon Kids Kimberley Office which is co-located in the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service (KAMS) in Broome which will enable the Institute to establish a permanent ongoing presence across the Kimberley working in collaboration with key stakeholder organisations such as KAMS and its member organisations. This approach will provide a model for conducting Aboriginal research in other regions such as the Pilbara and Perth Metropolitan areas.