About Indigenous Health
About Girra Maa
Girra Maa means ‘lively’ and ‘active’ in the language of the Wiradjuri people of central NSW, Girra Maa encourages staff and students to develop a lifelong commitment to respectful engagement with Indigenous peoples.
Our guiding values
Girra Maa’s teaching, research and engagement is guided by nationally recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values of equality, reciprocity, respect and responsibility to ensure the survival and protection of Aboriginal people and cultures, bound together with spirit and integrity.
It is also informed by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, other human rights agreements and a social-ecological model of health, as well as public health and allied health curriculum frameworks and industry accreditation standards. These values recognise that the social determinants of health are vital, including housing, income and employment, human rights, healing intergenerational trauma from colonisation, and respecting local community initiatives.
Our vision is for GSH staff to be confident in engaging with Indigenous health issues, models, research ethics and community members, as leaders in their Disciplines and role models for the next generation of health and social support providers. This involves facilitating staff and student experiences that they will learn from, to develop professionally and personally and carry into the future.
Associate Professor Megan Williams, Honorary Appointment
Head, Indigenous Health Discipline (2017 - 2020)
- Improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and all Indigenous peoples
- Value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ knowledges, experiences, methods and care-giving practices
- Deliver world-leading Indigenous health education, research and community engagement models
- Produce graduates with professional capabilities who can deliver holistic, 21st Century healthcare to Indigenous peoples and communities throughout their careers.
Learn more about Graduate School of Health’s Indigenous Health Strategy.