Ruth De Souza

Speaker, writer, researcher and consultant
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Currently Academic Convenor of The Data, Systems and Society Research Network (DSSRN) and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Informatics and Population Health Informatics 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.

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Wearable devices and the potential for community health improvement

Written for and first published in in the August 2016 edition of Nurse Click  (the Australian College of Nursing’s monthly electronic, interactive PDF publication available to ACN members, and to stakeholders, the wider nursing and non-nursing community who subscribe...

Sensing horizontality: I bought a wearable device to monitor my sleep

Are you a  night owl or an early bird? Or do you fall in between? I succumbed and bought a wearable device because I thought it could be useful to track my sleep. I spend a few nights in the city every week and I notice that I feel less rested than when I am...

Smells and bodies out of place: Microaggressions on public transport

A winter evening, wet and cold. Squashed into a tram. When a seat became available, I swooped down into it, finding myself next to a woman who proceeded to cover her nose. As she fanned her face with her other hand, I asked her with gentle concern if she was ok. She...

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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