Dr Maree Toombs

Director of Indigenous Health

Rural Clinical School
Faculty of Medicine
m.toombs@uq.edu.au
+61 7 4633 9703

Overview

Dr. Toombs is the Director of Indigenous Health, within the Rural Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Toombs holds a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and leads two NHMRC project grants. She has a strong focus on mental health amongst Indigenous Australians and exploring the interface between Indigenous and Western research methodologies. Her expertise is in Indigenous Mental health and suicide prevention. Dr Toombs is the chair of Carbal Aboriginal Medical Services, a leading health facilities servicing the Darling Downs region. Dr. Toombs sits on a number of national and international committees. Her current role, in addition to research, includes curriculum development. Dr. Toombs has >20 years’ experience in teaching and developing curriculum with an Indigenous perspective and has published a text book, Indigenous Health perspectives: The wombat in the room’, which widely used in Medical and Health Faculties across Australia. Dr. Toombs is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship (2011) that focused on working with Universities in Canada to improve retention rates for Indigenous Students.

Research Impacts

Dr. Toombs’s expertise is Indigenous qualitative methodology. In the past 5 years Dr. Toombs has published 34 journal articles and book and book chapters relating to Indigenous health. She was invited to present at the NHMRC Council dinner on her work in March 2015. Her work on aspects of social and emotional wellbeing has improved health outcomes for Indigenous people. Also, through her book, lectures, research and appointments, Dr. Toombs has improved the way people culturally work with Indigenous Australians in regional and remote areas. She has also provided/is providing leadership in cultural and ethical guidelines and expertise in qualitative data collection and dissemination. As the Chair of a large Aboriginal Medical Services, Carbal, Dr. Toombs provides leadership and feedback to the community and is directed by community into what areas of research are important to the participating communities. In 2011, she received a Churchill Fellowship: 'Will the development of resilience and self-esteem training program increase retention rates of Aboriginal students at university?’.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southern Queensland
  • Grad Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, University of Southern Queensland
  • Bachelor of Eductation (Primary), University of Southern Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Hampton, Ron and Toombs, Maree (2013). Culture, identity and Indigenous Australian people. In Ron Hampton and Maree Toombs (Ed.), Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room (pp. 3-23) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Hampton, Ron and Toombs, Maree (2013). Final word. In Ron Hampton and Maree Toombs (Ed.), Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room (pp. 300-302) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Toombs, Maree, Hampton, Ron and Ward, Raelene (2013). Impacts of substance abuse, violence, and self-harm in Indigenous communities. In Ron Hampton and Maree Toombs (Ed.), Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room (pp. 225-233) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Hampton, Ron and Toombs, Maree (2013). Indigenous Australian concepts of health and well-being. In Ron Hampton and Maree Toombs (Ed.), Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room (pp. 71-75) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Hampton, Ron, Toombs, Maree and Crawford, Michelle (2013). Indigenous access to health and health services. In Ron Hampton and Maree Toombs (Ed.), Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room (pp. 91-113) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Hunter, Ernest, Gill, Neeraj and Toombs, Maree (2013). Mental health among Indigenous Australians. In Ron Hampton and Maree Toombs (Ed.), Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room (pp. 206-224) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Hampton, Ron and Toombs, Maree (2013). Racism, colonisation/colonialism and impacts on Indigenous people. In Ron Hampton and Maree Toombs (Ed.), Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room (pp. 28-48) South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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