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Associate Professor Jenny Baker



Associate Professor Jenny Baker is a Mirning woman whose mother and grandmother were born either side of the Nullarbor Plain. Prior to retiring, Jenny held the role of Director of the Yaitya Purruna Indigenous Health Unit and Associate Professor in Aboriginal health at the University of Adelaide.

Jenny began her career as a registered nurse after training at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital in the early 1970’s, and later became a nurse and clinical manager for an Aboriginal Medical Service in Adelaide. Jenny realised her interest in the social determinants of health while working at the Nunga Miminis Women’s Shelter and the Commonwealth Department of Housing and Regional Development. She has been employed at various universities, including the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia, as a Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal studies.

Jenny was an Australian Research Council Indigenous Research Fellow for two years from 2011-2013 and an inaugural member of the Ethics Centre of South Australia (ECSA), established in 2005. She also served on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Working Committee between 2001 and 2004. Jenny has completed a PhD, titled Theorising survival: Indigenous women and social and emotional wellbeing, and a Master of Primary Health Care from Flinders University in South Australia.

As an advocate for Aboriginal rights, Jenny’s research interests lie in Aboriginal health and the social determinants of health; health discourse analysis; governance and Aboriginal self-determination within the Australian health system; and social and emotional wellbeing.

In 2010, Jenny was awarded with a $105,756 grant, under the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Fund, to research intersectoral collaboration and capacity building to improve the social determinants of health and outcomes for Aboriginal people in Port Augusta.

Last updated: 17 July 2017
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