Associate Professor Chelsea Bond

Principal Research Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Affiliate Associate Professor

UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 52021


Associate Professor Chelsea Bond is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman and a Principal Research Fellow within the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland. She has worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and researcher in communities across south-east Queensland for the past 20 years with her work focused on interpreting and privileging Indigenous experiences of the health system, including critically examining the role of Aboriginal health workers, the narratives of Indigeneity produced within public health, and advocating for strength based community development approaches to Indigenous health promotion practice. Her current research supported by the Australian Research Council seeks to examine how race and racism operate within the health system in producing the persisting health disparities experienced by Indigenous peoples.

A/Professor Bond is a board member of Inala Wangarra (an Indigenous community development association within her own community), and one half of the Wild Black Women on Brisbane’s 98.9FM and NITV’s The Point.

Research Interests

  • Health justice
  • Race & racism in the health system
  • Strengths based approaches in Indigenous health


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bach. Applied Health Sciences (Honours Class 1), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Applied Health Science, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • McPhail-Bell, Karen, Nelson, Alison, Lacey, Ian, Bronwyn Fredericks, Bond, Chelsea and Brough, Mark (2019). Using an indigenist framework for decolonizing health promotion research. In Pranee Liamputtong (Ed.), Handbook of research methods in health social sciences (pp. 1543-1562) Singapore, Singapore: Springer Singapore.doi:10.1007/978-981-10-5251-4_32

  • McPhail-Bell, Karen, Nelson, Alison, Lacey, Ian, Fredericks, Bronwyn, Bond, Chelsea and Brough, Mark (2017). Using an Indigenist framework for decolonizing health promotion research. In Pranee Liamputtong (Ed.), Handbook of research methods in health social sciences (pp. 1-20) Singapore, Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-2779-6_32-1

  • Brough, Mark K. and Bond, Chelsea (2009). Little theory, big plans: social capital and community building in Aboriginal Australia. In Geoffrey Woolcock and Lenore Manderson (Ed.), Social capital and social justice: critical Australian perspectives (pp. 245-258) Darwin, Australia: Charles Darwin University Press.

  • Bond, Chelsea and Brough, Mark (2007). The meaning of culture within public health practice - implications for the study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. In Anderson, Ian, Baum, Fran and Bentley, Michael (Ed.), Beyond Bandaids: Exploring the Underlying Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health. Papers from the Social Determinants of Aboriginal Health Workshop, Adelaide, July 2004 (pp. 229-236) Darwin, Australia: Lowitja Publishing.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor