Congratulations Megan Williams!

Date Published:
22 Jun 2015
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CRE member Megan Williams was recently awarded her PhD at UNSW, titled Connective services: Post-prison release support in an urban Aboriginal population. Megan is a lecturer at Muru Marri, the Aboriginal health unit in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW and is a descendent of the Wiradjuri peoples of central NSW through her father’s family. She received a Lowitja Institute student research grant, a writing bursary and a travel scholarship to support her PhD research. Megan's research was also supported by the Indigenous Offender Health Capacity Building Grant at the Kirby Institute's Justice Health Program.

Megan’s PhD research was a three-stage grounded theory study of the processes, timing and strategies for support that Aboriginal service providers, family members and Elders support people use in assisting Aboriginal people transition from prison to community life, and to prevent reincarceration.

Megan will continue with Muru Marri at UNSW, contributing to teaching as well as researching Aboriginal leadership to reduce prison rates and promote health equity. For the CRE Immunisation, she is currently designing a qualitative study of immunisation among Aboriginal men’s particularly those with low levels of access to services and previous contact with the criminal justice system, with partner Mibbinbah Men’s Spaces.

Congratulations Megan!

 

From left to right: Chancellor David Gonski, Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver, Dr Megan Williams, Ms Sally Fitzpatrick, A/Professor Melissa Haswell and Professor Terry Campbell