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Professor Dennis McDermott

BEc, BA (Hons Psych), MA

Professor Dennis McDermott

Professor McDermott is the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Adelaide, at Flinders University. Dennis is a psychologist, academic and poet. A Koori man, his mother’s family are from Gadigal land (inner Sydney) with connections to Gamilaroi country (north-west NSW). Dennis’s teaching and research interests encompass early childhood, social determinants of Indigenous health, racism, incarceration, policy, equity, Indigenous social, spiritual and emotional well-being, workforce development, Indigenous health pedagogy, and effectiveness of service delivery. A major driver of his scholarship has been the necessity to elucidate and address barriers to health professional and institutional engagement with Indigenous health and cultural safety. The ‘problem’ of engagement is particularly pertinent to redressing the consequences of the ‘invisibility’ of interpersonal racism and the ‘opacity’ of systemic racism/discrimination for both service delivery and effective workforce training. In 2014 he was awarded a National Senior Teaching Fellowship by the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).