Dr Mark Lock
School of Medicine and Public Health (Politics and Policy)
- Phone:02 4985 4979
I only examine policy concepts in such as holistic, participation, and integration (www.avidstudy.com) along a research trajectory where I seek to interrogate the underlying rules and resources (using Anthony Giddens' Structuration Theory) enabling and constraining Aboriginal voice integration and diffusion in social policy processes. I am a policy concept analyst with a methodology that draws-on social network analysis, structuration theory and empirical methodology.
I am descended from the Ngiyampaa people of New South Wales, from Scottish convicts of the First Fleet, from a Latvian immigrant, and from English people. My birth place is Dubbo and I mainly grew-up around Narromine, although I moved 28 times by the time is was 21 which means that a sense of displacement was a normal feeling in my life. We lived in cars, on river banks, in tents, caravans, rental houses, relatives houses, and in the bush. There was one particular farm we lived-on for awhile - Pippagitta - which I recall fondly because of milking the cow in the morning, walking for miles along the Macquarie river banks looking for good fishing spots for catfish; or finding a clear brook in which to plunge into to leave the scorching gold hush of noon behind me. The country life is still with me even in suburban Newcastle.
The path to being a full-time researcher is not a simple one, nor is there an obvious starting point. However, the impact of a $3 cheque is a defining point for my interest in policy analysis. It is a very clear memory for each fortnight that I received the $3 Aboriginal assisance cheque I proudly deposited into the bank in Narromine. That was empowering because it was an incentive for my persistence in education in a cultural environment where it would have been all to easy to give it away for sport and manual labour jobs. I could see the wrecks of my step-father and my mother who worked those casual manual labor jobs, and so I took it to heart when my Nan said to get a white mans education and make things better for our people.
Thus continuing education over twelve years - PhD thesis (The University of Melbourne) 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. Throughout that period I worked in many different roles - health promotion officer at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, administration for the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (Victoria), Policy Officer for the Victorian State Government's (then) Koori Health Unit, Research Assistant at the VicHealth Koori Health Research and Community Development Unit. Under the guidance and leadership of Professor Ian Anderson, I realised my true pathway of being a research academic. Eventually, after almost a decade of research and learning, I arrived at the idea for the AVID Study which is the pathway I continue today.
Policy analysis of critical concepts (holistic, participation) through content analysis, discourse analysis, and social network analysis.
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.
Eight years of administrative experience in Indigenous health - from community controlled organisations to state and commonwealth governments to tertiary institutions.
The AVID Study is about examing collaborative efforts in public health, and how Aboriginal voice is one aspect of the broader governance processes in public health. 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 'the structuring of social relations through time and space in virtue of the duality of structure.' Therefore, I have an empirical method matched with a social theory. It is exciting, invigorating, engaging. This underlies my motto which is research is super fun!
- PhD, University of Melbourne
- Bachelor of Science (Honours), Deakin University
- Bachelor of Science, Deakin University
- Master of Public Health, Northern Territory University
- Health policy
- Structuration theory
Fields of Research
|160501||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy||50|
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/06/2013 -||Research Fellow||University of Newcastle
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
|1/01/2011 -||Membership - International Network of Social Network Analysts||International Network of Social Network Analysts
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Journal article (8 outputs)
Gwynn J, Lock M, Turner N, Dennison R, Coleman C, Kelly B, Wiggers J, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community governance of health research: Turning principles into practice', Australian Journal of Rural Health, (2015) [C1]
Kelaher M, Sabanovic H, La Brooy C, Lock M, Lusher D, Brown L, 'Does more equitable governance lead to more equitable health care? A case study based on the implementation of health reform in Aboriginal health Australia', SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 123 278-286 (2014) [C1]
O'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]
O'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]
|2012||Lock MJ, 'The bright sides of assimilation', Medical Journal of Australia, 197 417-418 (2012) [C3]|
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Conference (1 outputs)
|2012||Lock 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 (2012) [E3]|
Other (1 outputs)
|2007||Lock M, 'Aboriginal Holistic Health: A Critical Review', (2007)|
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||3|
Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.
20141 grants / $734,726
Examination of the integration and diffusion of Aboriginal voices in public health collaboratives.$734,726
Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)
20131 grants / $53,343
2013 MATSITI Evaluation$53,343
Funding body: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
|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|
|Scheme||More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teachers Initiative|
|Type Of Funding||Other Public Sector - Commonwealth|
20121 grants / $8,534
Quantifying collaborative change processes to improve the detection and management of chronic diseases for Aboriginal people$8,534
Funding body: University of Newcastle
|Funding body||University of Newcastle|
|Project Team||Doctor Mark Lock|
|Scheme||Early Career Researcher Grant|
|Type Of Funding||Internal|
Number of supervisions
Total current UON EFTSL
|Commenced||Level of Study||Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type|
Aboriginal Child Removal Policy
PhD(Aboriginal Health Studies), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
November 8, 2013
The Australian Research Council (ARC) has today awarded $8.8 million in Discovery Project research funding to the University of Newcastle. The funding will extend across 19 projects, an increase of 6 projects and $4.2 million since last year.