Associate Professor Annabelle Wilson

Associate Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences (2.16)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am an Associate Professor and Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) in the Discipline of Population Health at Flinders University. I am driven to undertake research, educate and collaborate in a way that reflects my values of integrity, high ethical standards, and for the betterment of the local, national and global community.

I have extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and food systems research. My PhD, awarded in 2012, is entitled 'Addressing Uncomfortable Issues: The role of White health professionals in Aboriginal health'. My research looks at ways in which health professionals, especially those that are non-Aboriginal, can work best with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It also explores how approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health can be strengths-based, rather than focussed on deficits. My work in food systems explores how trust in the food system can be maximised, especially during a food incident. I have also undertaken research about attitudes and behaviours related to COVID-19 testing.

I recently delivered a lecture as part of the BRAVE Lecture Series at Flinders University entitled 'Courageous Questions: Transforming non-Indigenous leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health' which can be accessed here:


Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) 2008
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2012

Honours, awards and grants

Honours and Awards

2022 InDaily 40 Under 40 Finalist

2015 Flinders University Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers

2009 Australian Postgraduate Award

2008 SA Health PhD Scholarship

2004 Chancellor's Commendation for Outstanding Academic Achievement

2003 Chancellor's Commendation for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Recent Grants

2021. Schuwirth L, Schultz T, Karnon J, Isaac V, Ryan V, Wilson A, Dennis C, King S, Ryder C, Aitken R & van Doorn H. The Riverland Academy of Clinical Excellence (RACE) Medical Academy Pathway. Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network. $399 570.

2021. Mackean T, Wilson A, Coveney J, Hayes C, Tonkin E, Palermo C, Delbridge R and Pillen H. Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant. Identifying how First Nation food knowledges are used in the creation and interpretation of nutrition textual information: a mixed-methods study involving Kaurna Knowledge Holders in Adelaide and Arrernte Knowledge Holders in Alice Springs, $24 919.

2021. Wilson A. COVID-19 testing attitudes and behaviours in South Australia. SA Health. $37 373.

2020. Wilson A, Wilson R, Jackson K and Agnew D. “Exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander understandings of health and wellbeing in the Australian Football League”. Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute Kickstart Grant, $21 750.

2019. Wilson A, Delbridge R, Palermo C and Mackean T. Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grants, ‘Peer mentoring for dietitians working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health: scaling up to a national intervention study’, $24 911.

2017. Mackean T, Baum F, Wilson A, Willis E, Kelly J, Taylor K, Gibson O, Hunter C & O’Donnell K. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers’ and Liaison Officers’ role in quality acute health care services. NHMRC Project Grant. $1 571 334.20.

Key responsibilities

Teaching Program Director, Public Health Teaching Program

Co-Chair, College of Medicine and Public Health Reconciliation Action Plan Implementation Group

Topic coordinator
PHCA9506 Program Planning and Evaluation in Public Health
PHCA9507 Health Promotion for Public Health
Supervisory interests
Aboriginal health
Food and nutrition
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Aboriginal health - Palliative care (1), Dementia and homelessness (1), Aboriginal health - wellbeing (1), Aboriginal health - food and nutrition (1), Food systems (1)
Associate supervisor: Public health nutrition (1), Aboriginal health - food and nutrition (1)
  • Aboriginal health
  • Food and trust