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
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.
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.
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; birthing and mental health.
FROM THE BLOG
- The Nurses’ and Midwives’ art exchangeIt has been a privilege to be a part of the team who created The Nurses’ and Midwives’ art exchange, at the RMIT Design Hub Gallery as part of the Big Anxiety Naarm/Melbourne. The exhibition highlights creative responses and stories from nurses … Continue reading “The Nurses’ and Midwives’ art exchange”
- Birthing and Justice: From intimate, asynchronous, mobile media to a scheduled live audienceWhen I was twelve years old I went on a work experience trip to a Radio station 1ZM in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland with my pal Mandy Cunningham. I had big dreams of being a DJ and radio announcer but I was disappointed that … Continue reading “Birthing and Justice: From intimate, asynchronous, mobile media to a scheduled live audience”
- NEW MOTHERS AND APPS DURING COVID-19Sukhmani Khorana, Bhavya Chitranshi and I recently completed research about the experiences of six cisgender South Asian-Australian women who gave birth during the COVID-19 pandemic. A note about language in this report: The South Asian “women” in our study identified as cisgender. … Continue reading “NEW MOTHERS AND APPS DURING COVID-19”
TESTIMONIALS AND 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