Ruth De Souza

Speaker, writer, researcher and consultant
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Currently Vice Chancellor’s  Fellow – Design and Creative Practice – RMIT University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Digital Transformation of Health at 
The University of Melbourne 

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Speaking and facilitation

I am an experienced speaker, presenter, MC and facilitator with specific professional expertise in cultural safety, maternity, cultural issues in health, migration and health, social inclusion, mental health and more. My style is variously described as intelligent, knowledgeable, warm, clear, dynamic, energetic and refreshing.

Consulting

I have had a consulting practice since 2000 and engaged in projects including: facilitation, consultation, strategic planning,
stakeholder engagement
organisational development,
research,
training and project management
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Research and writing

I have a passionate interest in culture and health. My main theoretical interests are feminist theory, postcolonial theory and critical qualitative research methodologies. My work includes empirical studies and theoretical investigations into sites where health inequities are found, including refugee, migrant and indigenous communities; maternity and mental health.

From The Blog

What does meaningful participation look like in Citizen Science?

On October 7th 2020 I was invited to be a keynote in The Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA) CitSciOzOnline Early-Mid Career Researcher (EMCR) 1/2 day symposium. The aim of the symposium was to unite citizen science-aligned researchers in Australia to...

Virtually Racist: Anti-racist work in the time of Zoom.

“In our continued presence, blackfullas are the uncomfortable truth that this nation must reconcile itself with. We are the most courageous when it comes to conversations about race having copped the full brunt of its violence but also because we have nothing else...

Cultural safety in the arts

Robyn Higgins and I wrote a chapter about cultural safety in the arts in an exciting new book about community engaged arts practice The Relationship is the Project edited by Jade Lillie with Kate Larsen, Cara Kirkwood and Jax Jacki Brown. It is exciting to be in such...

The potential and pitfalls of AI.

I wrote a piece for the Australian College of Nursing’s (ACN) quarterly publication. Cite as: DeSouza, R. (Summer 2019/20 edition). The potential and pitfalls of AI. The Hive (Australian College of Nursing), 28(10-11). Many thanks to Gemma Lea Saravanos for the photo....

Cultural safety: On healing the health system through partnership

Cultural safety in health is the radical idea that people who use health services should be treated with competence, care and respect, so that their dignity and sovereignty are maintained, and not compromised by the system of health care. Both an ethical framework for...

Testimonials & Featured Clients

I am your newest fan-girl! You’re terrific at what you do – so clever, engaging, insightful and you obviously live and breathe this stuff with everyone you interact with. I think you bring incredible light to new ways of thinking and on both occasions I’ve left feeling inspired (to use an over-used word), challenged, refreshed, with new knowledge and like more and better things are possible.

Verity Boaro, La Trobe University, Melbourne 

…the team absolutely loved your work and your ability to engage with all disciplines and different knowledge levels.

Chiedza Malunga, Monash Health

Ruth was wonderful to work with – responsive, highly experienced, and understood our organisational context very well. Her workshop was very engaging and appropriately challenging. I’d have no hesitation in inviting her back!

Tseen Khoo, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Ruth was wonderful to work with – responsive, highly experienced, and understood our organisational context very well. Her workshop was very engaging and appropriately challenging. I’d have no hesitation in inviting her back!

Tseen Khoo, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Ruth was wonderful to work with – responsive, highly experienced, and understood our organisational context very well. Her workshop was very engaging and appropriately challenging. I’d have no hesitation in inviting her back!

Tseen Khoo, La Trobe University, Melbourne