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.

Video below; 4 minutes, 3 seconds

Video below; 45 minutes, 52 seconds

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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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JOSIE LANE

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CARLA JONES

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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

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.

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. 

NERIDA GRANT

MPhil, 2020-2022

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

FLEUR MAGICK DENNIS

PhD, 2020-2023

Decolonising birthing and parenting experiences for Aboriginal women

BIRRI O'DEA

PhD, 2020-2023

Exploring family preservation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have contact with child protection services during pregnancy

Honorary Appointments

Adjunct and honorary appointees will have appropriate qualifications or experience and expertise that aligns with the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre and Charles Darwin University’s values and strategic objectives. They will advise, mentor and collaborate with University staff members and students to enhance academic, research and professional achievements and outcomes.

Mel Briggs
Donna Hartz
Juanita Sherwood
Lesley Barclay
Liz Wilkes
Sally Tracy
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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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Sue Moore

Program Manager CRE - Birthing on Country

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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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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

 
Nancy Kingsland(L) and Alison Jackson(R)

Pictured Nancy Kingsland (L) and Alison Jackson (R)

Alison Mary Jackson and Nancey Rosemary Kingsland were sisters. Alison passed shortly after her 89th birthday on October 10 2012 and Nancy passed on February 18 2016, at the age of 96.

 

The sisters did not have any immediate family but were interested in supporting scholarships for Indigenous students (females initially) to study nursing or related HE health courses.  The two met with CDU in late 2010 to discuss leaving a bequest – at which time they confirmed the area of the University they would like to support would be Indigenous Students studying in Higher Education or Post Graduate studies and in the area of regional or remote Nursing, Primary Health and Land Care Management.

 

After Nancy passed, the full amount of the sisters legacy became known, as CDU received a gift of over 1 million dollars to establish the ‘Alison Mary Jackson and Namcy Rosemary Kinsland Scholarship Fund’ whose main purpose is to financially support the recruitment, retention and return of Indigenous Students from regional and remote communities into higher education and post-graduate courses in the areas of Nursing, Primary Health and Land Care Management, as well as any other areas of study which are as close as possible to the spirit and intention of the bequest.

Alison Mary Jackson & Nancy Rosemary

Kingsland Scholarships

Congratulations to our students, Birri and Fleur who were awarded this scholarship in 2020!

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