Ruth DeSouza

Thanks for visiting my website.

I am a nurse, writer, speaker and researcher with a passionate interest in culture and health. I have combined my academic career with governance and community involvement. I talk and write in popular and scholarly venues about mental health, maternal mental health, race, ethnicity, biculturalism, multiculturalism, settlement, refugee resettlement, and cultural safety.

There’s a fun interview with me you can read at Women’s Agenda and another recently recorded in the lead up to an event I was co-hosting on wearable health technologies.  I serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Transcultural NursingThe Women’s Studies Journal (The Women’s Studies Association, NZ) and The Australian College of Nursing (ACN)’s Hive publication.DSC_0015

I am the  Stream Leader for Research, Policy and Evaluation at the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) in Richmond, a really exciting organisation based at North Richmond Community Health Centre. The Centre has had a reputation for serving a culturally and linguistically diverse community in North Richmond and beyond since 1974. To read more about my research see my research page.

I have a blog on this site where I research and rehearse ideas in different formats and for different audiences than my scholarly work—Thanks Tseen Khoo for mentioning my blog in your list of Asian voices in Australia. Its purpose is to contest how racialised ethnic identities are represented in the public sphere and to offer an alternative to dominant discourses. This aim is common to the Aotearoa Ethnic Network (AEN), a decade old email list I maintain that connects New Zealanders interested in the “ethnic” question.

My work explores alternative frames such as postcolonial feminist theory and cultural safety, that highlight the political economy of colonisation, and racialisation. As a migrant who has grown up and been professionally socialised in a settler context, I see indigenous rights as a fundamental basis for a broader social justice agenda to eliminate health inequities.

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