Associate Professor Maree Toombs

Assoc Dean (Indigenous Engmnt)

Faculty of Medicine

Assoc. Professor Indigenous Health

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
m.toombs@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 65309

Overview

Associate Professor Maree Toombs is the Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) for the Faculty of Medicine. From her experience teaching Indigenous students, Maree observed a pattern in young Indigenous Australians disengaging from education and has worked ever since to understand and help bridge the gap. Maree’s expertise is in the mental health of Indigenous Australians and exploring the interface between Indigenous and Western research methodologies. Maree is heavily involved in NHMRC projects focusing on mental health, suicide prevention and other chronic disease. Maree has contributed to >$33.1M of tier one and other grants and committed to over 10 years of service including active participation on NHMRC panels, boards, committees and > 90+ National and International Indigenous partnerships/collaborations. Maree has dedicated her career to serving the community and, as such, is guided by the community in which areas are important for research. Her publications have been used to influence policy in Australia and the United Kingdom. With 20 years’ experience in teaching and developing curriculum with an Indigenous perspective both in education and health, Maree has improved the way people culturally work with Indigenous Australians in urban, rural and remote areas.

Maree is a member of the Australian Medical Council as well as an advisory board member for Darling Downs Health Services and current chair of the Carbal Medical Service (Toowoomba and Warwick).

As a recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, and a published author Maree’s research has also focused on improving retention rates for Indigenous students at Universities in Canada. Working closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit and Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, Maree will assist the Faculty of Medicine in implementing their Reconciliation Action Plan as well as ensuring the continued support of Indigenous students at UQ.

Research Impacts

Associate Professor Toombs expertise is Indigenous mixed methods and RCT research. In the past 10 years Associate Professor Toombs has published a number articles and book and book chapters relating to Indigenous health. She is regularly invited to present at International and National conferences.Her work on aspects of social and emotional wellbeing has improved health outcomes for Indigenous people. Also, through her book, lectures, research and appointments, Associate Professor 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, Associate Professor 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

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

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

  • Hampton, Ron and Toombs, Maree (2013). Final word. Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room. (pp. 300-302) edited by Ron Hampton and Maree Toombs. 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. Indigenous Australians and health: the wombat in the room. (pp. 225-233) edited by Ron Hampton and Maree Toombs. South Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford University Press.

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

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

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

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

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