Dr Courtney Ryder

Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Indigenous Health

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences (3.19)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Courtney Ryder is an ECR injury epidemiologist, Aboriginal academic and Discipline Lead for Injury Studies in the College of Medicine and Public Health. Her research is leading new ways of working with Indigenous Data through knowledge interface methodology and Indigenous Data sovereignty to change the deficit discourse surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health statistics, particularly in injury. Ryder earned her BScBEng(Biomed)(Hons) in 2006 from Flinders University and her PhD, entitled ‘Discovering the Interwoven Health Inequities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children with an Acute Burns Injury,’ from UNSW in 2021.

In 2021 Ryder returned to Flinders as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health. On her return Ryder has made a substantial contribution to scholarship through building high-impact cross-disciplinary education teams as a previous Teaching Program Director (TPD) of Public Health. Ryder was also involved in establishing a Community of Practice in Indigenous Knowledge which supports staff across the University. With over a decade’s experience in higher education, Ryder is viewed as a leader transforming student learning in Cultural Safety and Aboriginal health. Work which has been recognised nationally and internationally, through keynote addresses, congress papers, good practice case studies, teaching innovation and scholarship awards and a Churchill Fellowship.

Outside of teaching and research, Ryder sits on a range of committees:

  • South Australian Public Health Council
  • Indigenous Engineering Group Executive (Engineers Australia)
  • Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) Indigenous Genomics Steering Committee 

Ryder is an advisory group member for Sex and Gender Policies in Medical Research, Nasal Oxygen Therapy After Cardiac Surgery, and Safer Pathway Project. She is a Research Fellow with The George Institute for Global Health, and Senior Lecturer at the School of Population Health UNSW. Ryder also LOVES running, competing at SAAL!

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)(Honours) 2006
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2021

Honours, awards and grants

Honours and Awards
2020: College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University Teaching Innovations and Scholarship Award.
2017: NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship
2013: Churchill Fellowship
2006: Rotary Alumni Award
2006: Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School Alumni Award
2005: AHCSA Scholarship                              
2002: Australian Rotary Health & Health Services Department Scholarship

Research Grants
2021. Implementing holistic burn care through a culturally safe integrated model. NHMRC RART, ($2,410,958).
2021. Research with the Riverland Academy of Clinical Excellence, ($400,000).
2021. Maternal Health Services in Rural, Regional and Remote Australia: Uptake, Barriers and Recommendations - Research (Mapping) Project ($49,575).
2021. The Australian Traumatic Brain Injury National Data (ATBIND) Project. National Health and Medical Research Council – Medical Research Foundation Funds ($365,995).
2021. Yarning Up on Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Expenditure. CRE Research Excellence in Aboriginal Child and Adolescent Health ($17,628). 
2021. Knowledge Systems Workshops – Indigenous Health, College of Medicine and Public Health Educational Uplift Grants, ($20,565)
2020. Understanding Out-of-Pocket Health Expenditure Impacts on Aboriginal Families in Australia, Flinders Health and Medical Research Council Kickstart Grant, ($21,650).
2020. Cultural training models in Indigenous health and impact on health outcomes. Flinders Foundation ($25,000)
2017. Preventing Falls in Older Aboriginal People: The Ironbark Trial, National Health and Medical Research Council, ($3,000,000).
2017. Quality of life, associated psychological and economic family impacts, and trajectory of recovery in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander paediatric burns patients. NHMRC, ($86,117).

Key responsibilities

Teaching Program Director (Public Health), College of Medicine and Public Health
Member, Flinders Health and Medical Research Council Executive
Co-convener, Indigenous Knowledges in the Curriculum Community of Practice, Flinders University
Associate Editor, Journal of Health Promotion Australia

Topic coordinator
PHCA9504 First Nations Health and Well-Being
PHCA9509 Practicum in Public Health
Topic lecturer
MMED9150 Medicine A
MMED9350 Medicine 3A
Supervisory interests
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander injury
Biostatistics and epidemiology
Health equity
Indigenous research methodologies
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (1)
Associate supervisor: Genetic Councelling (1), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (1)
Expert for media contact
Child/Youth health
Children/Youth
Community/Public health
Data mining
Diversity and Inclusion
Education - Aboriginal
Epidemiology
Head injuries
Injury
Public health
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Big Data
Clinical Quality Indicators
Clinical Registeries
Indigenous Data Sovereignty
Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Expenditure
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Child/Youth health
  • Children/Youth
  • Community/Public health
  • Data mining
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Education - Aboriginal
  • Epidemiology
  • Head injuries
  • Injury
  • Public health
Interests
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Big Data
  • Clinical Quality Indicators
  • Clinical Registeries
  • Indigenous Data Sovereignty
  • Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Expenditure