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I am descended from the Waanguybuwan tribe of New South Wales, from Scottish convicts of the First Fleet, from a Latvian immigrant, and from English people. Since 1995 my work experience in the Indigenous health sector includes positions of an non-influential nature in health promotion, project management, policy advice and lecturing. These occurred in a variety of organisations—an Aboriginal Medical Service, Commonwealth and state governments, and universities. The PhD thesis is the last in a series of qualifications from a BSc in Biochemistry, Honours in Nutrition, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Menzies School of Health Research. I will continue to conduct Indigenous health policy research in order to improve national policy processes.


  • PhD, University of Melbourne, 17/12/2009
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Deakin University, 21/05/1997
  • Bachelor of Science, Deakin University, 14/05/1997
  • Master of Public Health, Northern Territory University, 10/10/2003


Research keywords

  • Indigenous health policy
  • Social network analysis

Research expertise

Policy analysis of critical concepts (holistic, participation) through content analysis, discourse analysis, and social network analysis.


  • English

Fields of Research

160501Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy50
160508Health Policy25
160512Social Policy25


Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - International Network of Social Network Analysts


Collaborative efforts are founded on how I use the tools of social network analysis to visualise and mathematically analyse indeterminate concepts such as participation, engagement, collaboration, and so on. Therefore the approach is applicable to any social policy area in Australian society. The central theory that I link to is Anthony Giddens' Structuration Theory, which 'is an attempt to formulate a framework for understanding society in terms of social structure and human agency and interaction'.

I have developed collaborative links with the University of Melbourne's Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics; where I work on a project to provide social network analysis advice and analysis. At the University of Newcastle, I have established relationships with the Research Institute for Social Inclusion and Wellbeing, the Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, and the Priority Research Centre of Physical Activity and Nutrition.

I am dedicated to establishing collaborative research with practitioners, policy makers and researchers in order to improve policy governance processes in Australia.


Administrative expertise

Eight years of administrative experience in Indigenous health - from community controlled organisations to state and commonwealth governments to tertiary institutions.


Teaching keywords

  • Health policy
  • Indigenous health

Teaching expertise

Delivery of Master of Public Health course units to Indigenous Chief Executive Officers for six months in 2003. Numerous guest lectures on aspects of Indigenous health policy.



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Journal article (5 outputs)

2013O'Brien AP, Bloomer MJ, McGrath P, Clarke K, Martin T, Lock M, et al., 'Considering Aboriginal palliative care models: the challenges for mainstream services', RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 13 (2013) [C1]
2013O'Brien AP, Bloomer MJ, Clark K, Martin T, Lock M, Pidcock T, et al., 'The Need for Rural and Regional Aboriginal Palliative Care Models', Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine, 3 (2013) [C3]
2012Lock MJ, 'The bright sides of assimilation', Medical Journal of Australia, 197 417-418 (2012) [C3]
2011Lock MJ, 'Indigenous participation in an informal national Indigenous health policy network', Australian Health Review, 35 309-315 (2011) [C1]
2005Lutschini M, 'Engaging with holism in Australian Aboriginal health policy¿a review.', Australia and New Zealand health policy, 2 15-15 (2005)
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Conference (1 outputs)

2012Lock MJ, Kelaher M, Sabanovic H, 'Planning, implementation and effectiveness in Indigenous Health National Partnership Agreements - Implications of examining a Committee Interlock Network for Aboriginal Participation', 2012 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]

Other (1 outputs)

2007Lock M, 'Aboriginal Holistic Health: A Critical Review', (2007)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants3
Total funding$796,603

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2014 (1 grants)

Examination of the integration and diffusion of Aboriginal voices in public health collaboratives.$734,726
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Mark Lock, Associate Professor Peter O'Mara
Discovery IndigenousChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2013 (1 grants)

2013 MATSITI Evaluation$53,343
Funding Body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Project Team
Professor John Lester, Associate Professor Maree Gruppetta, Associate Professor James Ladwig, Doctor Mark Lock
More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers InitiativeInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2012 (1 grants)

Quantifying collaborative change processes to improve the detection and management of chronic diseases for Aboriginal people$8,534
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Mark Lock
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Dr Mark Lock

Work Phone02 4985 4979
Cell / Mobile Phone0416871616
PositionResearch Fellow
Mothers and Babies Research Centre
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPolitics and Policy
Room 3405,
Hunter Medical Research Institute,
Lot 1, Kookaburra Court, New Lambton Heights