Associate Professor in Public Health, Indigenous Health
College of Medicine and Public Health
Associate Professor 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 from UNSW (2021): ‘Discovering the Interwoven Health Inequities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children with an Acute Burns Injury.
In 2020 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:
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!
Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical)(Honours) 2006
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2021
Honours and Awards
2022: Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Research Award
2022: College of Medicine and Public Health Early Career Research Award
2022: College of Medicine and Public Health Reconcilation Award
2020: College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University Teaching Innovations and Scholarship Award.
2017: NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship
2013: Churchill Fellowship
2022. Transforming Injury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children through Innovative Knowledge Gain and Co-designed Intervention. NHMRC, ($642,650).
2022. Knowledge interface co-design of a diabetes and metabolic syndrome intervention with andfor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living on Ngarrindjeri country. MRFF, ($756,623).
2022. The Patient Journey for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with a Road Traffic Injury. Lifetime Support Authority, ($424,140).
2022. National Injury Surveillance Unit, AIHW-funded work (2021–23),($320,000).
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).
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).
Discipline Lead Injury Studies, Public Health Discipline Group, 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
South Australian Public Health Council
Indigenous Engineering Group Executive (Engineers Australia)
Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) Indigenous Genomics Steering Committee
Sex and Gender Policies in Medical Research
Nasal Oxygen Therapy After Cardiac Surgery
Safer Pathway Project
Public Health Association Australia
Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education
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