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. I serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, The Women’s Studies Journal (The Women’s Studies Association, NZ) and The Australian College of Nursing (ACN)’s Hive publication. I am a member of: the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (Department of Premier and Cabinet, State Government of Victoria) and on the Scientific Committee of the 1st World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health – Diversity and Health, 17-19 May 2018 – Edinburgh, Scotland. To read more about my research see my research page.
I contribute to other migration and health related activities through roles including being on the sub-working group on refugee women’s health within The Migrant and Refugee Women’s Health Initiative (a joint project by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Migration Council Australia); being a reference group member of the Victorian Transcultural Mental Health Education and Service Development Consultancy at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and a member of the working group for VicForum 2017, Disrupt-Create-Connect – The Business of Multiculturalism in Victoria. There’s a fun interview with me you can read at Women’s Agenda , another in the Inner North West Primary Care Partnership feature: Under the Spotlight and this one I did for The Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA).
I blog on this site and aim to contest the representation of racialised ethnic identities in the public sphere and offer an alternative to dominant discourses. Tseen Khoo has added me to the blog roll of Asian voices in Australia, a list for “savvy, highly intelligent, research-oriented newcomers”. I am also the founder and moderator of the Aotearoa Ethnic Network (AEN), a multiple award winning email list 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.
You can contact me at ruth at ruthdesouza.com