Ms Sally Fitzpatrick

Ms Sally Fitzpatrick

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Office PVC - Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Career Summary


Sally is a public health academic with a strong focus on learning and teaching scholarship in Aboriginal health and wellbeing. Born in Gadi, Sydney, Sally is a sixth generation settler of English, Danish and Irish ancestry and a direct beneficiary of the ongoing invasion and colonisation of these lands and waters. Sally has worked as a lecturer and researcher in the academy for fifteen years, most recently with the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University. In doing this work Sally has had the privilege to work side by side with Aboriginal Elders, scholars and community members to educate culturally capable health and social care professionals towards a health care system that is culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Sally’s first career was in film and video production before she joined the Muru Marri unit at UNSW while also undertaking a Master of Public Health (UNSW). Since then, she has also completed a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching (UNSW).

Currently Sally is a DrPH candidate in UNSW's Future Health Leaders program. Her thesis is examining change in postgraduate students who complete coursework in Aboriginal health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on how empowerment and transformative learning approaches are able to explain such change. Sally also has a long history of service in the community sector, involved in advocacy, organisational governance and in community education. While seeking to build community awareness, Sally has been dedicated to the reconfiguration of fundamental power relations and achieving social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This commitment is personal through her relationships and obligations to family around the country. It is through this direct experience that Sally has developed both a research and practical interest in empowerment and healing, including serving for many years as President of the specialist homelessness service for young women and girls, the Lillian Howell Project, and in research and advocacy work with Stolen Generations. Sally is very grateful for the opportunity to learn from and further these aspirations through being part of the Banga-ma-la-nha project.


  • Master of Public Health, University of New South Wales
  • Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, University of New South Wales


  • Aboriginal Health
  • Empowerment
  • Learning and teaching
  • Social and cultural determinants of health
  • Social and emotional wellbeing
  • Transformative Learning
  • Youth Homelessness

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
450212 Cultural responsiveness and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities education 30
450213 Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, histories, culture, country, perspectives and ethics in education 30
450420 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
Office PVC - Health, Medicine and Wellbeing


Teaching Award

Year Award
2015 Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
University of New South Wales


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Fitzpatrick SA, Haswell MR, Williams MM, Nathan S, Meyers L, Ritchie JE, Pulver LRJ, 'Learning about Aboriginal health and wellbeing at the postgraduate level: novel application of the Growth and Empowerment Measure', RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 19 (2019)
DOI 10.22605/RRH4708
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 6
2016 Jersky M, Titmuss A, Haswell M, Freeman N, Osborne P, Callaghan L, et al., 'Improving health service access and wellbeing of young Aboriginal parents in an urban setting: mixed methods evaluation of an arts-based program', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 40 S115-S121 (2016)
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12448
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12
2008 Pulver LRJ, Fitzpatrick SA, 'Beyond Sorry - the first steps in laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 188 556-558 (2008)
DOI 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01788.x
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4

Research Projects

Banga-Ma-La-Nha: Better care for young Aboriginal women from prison to community 2021

I work to support the project under the direction of Professor Elizabeth Sullivan and Associate Professor Megan Williams.


Ms Sally Fitzpatrick


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Office PVC - Health, Medicine and Wellbeing
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

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