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Career Summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney, 14/04/2004

Research

Research keywords

  • Anthropology of the body and embodiment
  • Critical Medical Anthropology
  • Gestational surrogacy
  • Indigenous Anthropology
  • Indigenous health and well-being
  • Personhood, dividuality and social selves
  • Policy in praxis
  • Social Anthropology

Research expertise

My research expertise is in social and medical anthropology. I have established a sound reputation in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing research. My research expertise derives from, and works with, the conjunctures and disjunctures of Australian Indigenous practices and mainstream health approaches. The overall aim of my research has been to set up, develop, elaborate and maintain approaches that mediate national Indigenous health policy agendas with the socio-cultural differences of localised Indigenous knowledges, practices and understandings. To date, my anthropological fieldwork and related research have been situated in Australian Indigenous communities in New South Wales, Western Australia and the Torres Straits.

Further research interests address gestational surrogacy experiences and practices.

Languages

  • English
  • German

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160100Anthropology50
160104Social And Cultural Anthropology50

Memberships

Other

  • Member - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
  • Member - American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • Fellow - Australian Anthropological Society (AAS)
  • Member - European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

Appointments

SOCA Honours Convenor
School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle (Australia)
01/01/2010

Awards

Teaching Award

2010Inaugural Online Teacher of the Year Award (OTOYA)
University of Newcastle Postgraduate Students' Association (Australia)
Nominated No 1

Invitations

Body Politics and their Medicalization in Aboriginal Australia: Mobile Bodies Keep the Ngyiampaa Healthy?
CASCA Conference, University of Victoria, Department of Anthropology, Canada (Invited Presenter)
2013

Collaboration

Medical anthropology, Critical medical anthropology, Australian Aboriginal anthropology, Indigenous health, Indigenous health policy, Anthropology of the body, personhood and self, Anthropology of health and well-being.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Sociology and Anthropology Honours Convenor (since January 2010)

Research Ethics Advisor (REA), Arts and Social Science, Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), March 2012-June 2014

Acting Deputy Chair (HREC), August 2013-June 2014

Progress and Appeals Committee, School of Humanities and Social Science Representative (since January 2013)

Acting Program Convenor, Master of Social Change and Development (Sem 1, 2013; Sem 1, 2014)

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Teaching:

SOCA1020 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology

SOCA2325 Cultural Worlds of Health and Illness

SOCA3315 Living the Body

SOCA3630 Drugs in Culture

SOCA4090 Honours I

SOCA4100 Honours II

SOCA6190 Gender and Social Change

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Heil D, 'Embodied selves and social selves: Aboriginal well-being in rural New South Wales, Australia', Pursuits of Happiness: Well-Being in Anthropological Perspective, Berghahn Books, New York 88-108 (2009) [B1]

Publications

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Chapter (3 outputs)

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2014Heil D, 'Well-being and wellness', Second Opinion: An Introduction to Health Sociology, Oxford, Melbourne 40-58 (2014)
2012Heil D, 'Happiness in an Aboriginal Australian community: What it means 'to be well' and 'to enjoy life' in Central-Western New South Wales, Australia', Happiness Across Cultures: Views of Happiness and Quality of Life in Non-Western Cultures, Springer, Dordrecht 195-208 (2012) [B1]
2009Heil D, 'Embodied selves and social selves: Aboriginal well-being in rural New South Wales, Australia', Pursuits of Happiness: Well-Being in Anthropological Perspective, Berghahn Books, New York 88-108 (2009) [B1]

Journal article (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Heil D, MacDonald G, ''Tomorrow comes when tomorrow comes': Managing Aboriginal health within an ontology of life-as-contingent', Oceania, 78 299-319 (2008) [C1]
2007Heil D, 'Benelong's Haven: Recovety from alcohol and drug abuse within an Aboriginal Australian residential treatment centre', AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL STUDIES, 184-185 (2007)
2006Heil D, 'Shifting expectations of treatment: from 'patient as individual' to 'patient as social person'', Australian Aboriginal Studies, - 98-110 (2006) [C1]

Conference (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Heil D, 'The Social and the person, not the individual: Traces and legacies of Australian Aboriginal Ngyiampaa understandings of obligations to and responsiveness from 'the social'', Abstracts of the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, Quebec (2011) [E3]
2010Heil D, ''Renting a womb': surrogacy in Ukraine and genetic parents from Germany', American Anthropological Association 2010 Annual Meeting Program and Abstracts, New Orleans, LA (2010) [E3]
2009Heil D, 'Mediating bureaucratic imperatives with Australian Indigenous understandings of well-being', Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinarity: Conference Session Abstracts, New Haven (2009) [E3]
2009Heil D, ''Health' as a human right: Addressing Aboriginal understandings of 'well-being' in rural Australia through institutional approaches', AAA Annual Meeting Program, Philadelphia, PA (2009) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$9,000

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2011 (1 grants)

Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies (AAA2011), Montreal, QC, Canada, 16 - 20 Novemeber 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Daniela Heil
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100747

2010 (1 grants)

Circulation, Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), New Orleans, Louisiana, USA,, 17 - 21 November 2010$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Daniela Heil
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020102010
GNo:G1000877

2009 (2 grants)

Caring to Close the Gap: Indigenous Health in Policy and Practice$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Daniela Heil
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020092009
GNo:G0190607

The End/s of Anthropology, Philadelphia, USA, 2-6 December 2009$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Daniela Heil
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020092009
GNo:G0190331
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions6
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL2.9

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorWomen's Stories and What They Tell About Indigenous Health Behaviours: An Exploration Into Stories About Pluralistic Healthcare Practices
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorExamining Holistic approaches to Policy Supporting Australian Aboriginal Women in the Criminal Justice System: From the Perspectives and Experiences of Aboriginal Women
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorNovocastrian Witchcraft: A Study of Witchcraft and Pagan Practices in Newcastle
20142018PhD (Gender & Health)Co-SupervisorAn Exploration into the Role of Relationship Status and the Contraceptive Practices of Young Female Adults
20122016PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Principal SupervisorThe Experiential Constituting of Everyday Life for Central African Refugee Women Living in Australia
20082017PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorThe Politics and Experience of Contemporary Motherhood

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorA Sociological Investigation of Trust in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use
2012PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorObesity is Killing our People: Social Constructions of Obesity and the Impact on the Health and Well-being of Maori and Pacific Island Migrants in Australia
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Dr Daniela Heil

Work Phone(02) 4921 6790
Fax(02) 4921 6902
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Office
W343,
Behavioural Sciences Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/daniela-heil