About us

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre was established in April 2019 and is dedicated to the late Molly Wardaguga, Burarra Elder, Aboriginal Midwife, Senior Aboriginal Health Worker and founding member of the Malabam Health Board in Maningrida, Arnhem Land.

 

Molly was an important contributor to the Australian discourse regarding the importance of Birthing on Country. Her work and mentoring in Aboriginal health and research; and maternal and infant health in particular, has galvanised many advocates to improve maternity services for Indigenous Australians. 

 

Molly's vision to support women’s cultural and birthing aspirations, especially those living in remote locations, will endure through the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre.

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre is an initiative of the Charles Darwin University.

Molly Wardaguga Research Centre - Video Presentation

Professor Sue Kildea and Associate Professor Yvette Roe

The Caring for Mum on Country project Invites the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre to visit Arnhem Land and exchange knowledge

Filmed in Galiwinku, East Arhnem land - 2019

Professorial Lecture Series 2019 - The Best Start to Life

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Professor Sue Kildea and Associate Professor Yvette Roe

This video presentation will provide an overview of Molly Wardaguga life and goals and explain how the new research centre is aspiring to honour her vision.

Sue and Yvette are the co-directors and in line with Molly’s ways of knowing and doing, they are working side-by-side as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers to improve the health outcomes for mothers and babies by doing research that will assist babies to get the best start to life.

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PROFESSOR

SUE KILDEA

Co-Director

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KAYLA HEINEMANN

Executive Research Assistant

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DR SOPHIE HICKEY

Postdoctoral Researcher

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DR BELINDA LEQUERTIER

Postdoctoral Researcher

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DR PENNY HAORA

Postdoctoral Researcher

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PROFESSOR

SUE KILDEA

Co-Director

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PROFESSOR

SUE KILDEA

Co-Director

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A/PROFESSOR YVETTE ROE

Co-Director

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A/PROFESSOR

YU GAO

Statistical and Health Economics Lead

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SARAH MAIDMENT

Research Assistant

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DR SARAH IRELAND

Postdoctoral Researcher

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MEL BRIGGS

Project Officer and Midwife

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PROFESSOR

SUE KILDEA

Co-Director

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PROFESSOR

SUE KILDEA

Co-Director

Art Director

JOSIE LANE

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Product Manager

CARLA JONES

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Head of Sales

MARTIN REED

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Art Director

JOSIE LANE

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CARLA JONES

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MARTIN REED

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Art Director

JOSIE LANE

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CARLA JONES

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MARTIN REED

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Co-Director of The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, Yvette Roe is a Njikena Jawuru woman from the West Kimberly region, Western Australia. Yvette grew up in Darwin where she has strong family and friend connections.
Yvette has more than 25 years' experience working in Aboriginal health. She was awarded her PhD, by the University of South Australia in November 2015.

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PROFESSOR

SUE KILDEA

Co-Director

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KAYLA HEINEMANN

Executive Research Assistant

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DR SOPHIE HICKEY

Postdoctoral Researcher

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DR BELINDA LEQUERTIER

Postdoctoral Researcher

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DR PENNY HAORA

Postdoctoral Researcher

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A/PROFESSOR YVETTE ROE

Co-Director

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A/PROFESSOR

YU GAO

Statistical and Health Economics Lead

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SARAH MAIDMENT

Research Assistant

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DR SARAH IRELAND

Postdoctoral Researcher

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MEL BRIGGS

Project Officer and Midwife

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JENNE ROBERTS

PhD, 2020-2023

A community based, participatory action research and evaluation of health and well being programs to meet the needs of principles- focused, community-controlled organisations.

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LUCIANA MASSI

PhD, 2019-2022

An exploratory study that examines antenatal programs to improve health, well-being and birthing outcomes for Indigenous women and families. 

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NERIDA GRANT

MPhil, 2020-2022

Experiences of women participating in the Empowering Mothers & Babies Always (EMBA) program at Waminda

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FLEUR MAGICK DENNIS

PhD, 2020-2023

Decolonising birthing and parenting experiences for Aboriginal women

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BIRRI O'DEA

PhD, 2020-2023

Exploring best practice for family preservation and restoration for First Nations Families

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Our team

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre Team

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PROFESSOR

SUE KILDEA

Co-Director

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KAYLA HEINEMANN

Executive Research Assistant

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DR SOPHIE HICKEY

Postdoctoral Researcher

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DR BELINDA LEQUERTIER

Postdoctoral Researcher

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DR PENNY HAORA

Postdoctoral Researcher

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JENNE ROBERTS

Research and evaluation Manager

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A/PROFESSOR YVETTE ROE

Co-Director

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A/PROFESSOR

YU GAO

Statistical and Health Economics Lead

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SARAH MAIDMENT

Research Assistant

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DR SARAH IRELAND

Postdoctoral Researcher

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MEL BRIGGS

Project Officer and Midwife

Elizabeth Luland

ELIZABETH LULAND

Research Assistant

The Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program National Support Service

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PROFESSOR

SUE KRUSKE

Professor in Primary Health Care

Kym Cunningham

KYM CUNNINGHAM

Clinical Lead

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BELINDA KRUGER

Program Administrator

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EMMA BRODIE

Data and Quality Analyst

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NIKKI MCGRADY

Family Partnership Worker Educator / Cultural Consultant

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REBECCA BOND

Nurse Consultant

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MURSAL AZAMI

Senior Program Manager

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A/PROFESSOR SANDY CAMPBELL

Systems Manager

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DR. RAE JONES

Senior Practitioner

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NZIE OKPOKAM

Data Systems Technical Lead

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STEPHANIE O'SHEA

Nurse Consultant

Students

 
 
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