Ms Lorna Murakami-Gold

Lecturer in Indigenous Health

Flinders Northern Territory

place Alice Springs (Rubuntja Building ASH)
PO Box 2234, Alice Springs 0871, Northern Territory

Lorna is a Lecturer in Indigenous Health with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health & Wellbeing in Alice Springs. Lorna has a background in health, education and training and Indigenous health research.


Bachelor of Teaching (EBTCHA), Northern Territory University, Casuarina, 1995.

Masters of Education in Adult Education (MEd) University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, 2005.

Enrolled in Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH), Flinders University, SA, 2018. Lorna’s DrPH thesis aims to explore Aboriginal patient’s perceptions of ‘wellbeing’. 

Honours, awards and grants

Award - Indigenous E- Learning Champion Networks for Very Remote Community Microbusiness, School of Australian Indigenous Knowledge Systems, (SAIKS), Charles Darwin University (CDU), 2006.

Key responsibilities
  • Networking with key stakeholders to identify and collaborate on Indigenous research priorities.
  • Involvement in specific research priorities identified by Poche Centre for Indigenous Health & Wellbeing in Alice Springs.
  • Collaborate with Poche Colleagues in the implementation of research knowledge and translation policies.
  • Involvement in the development of specific courses and assist with the delivery of specific courses that benefit Indigenous communication.
  • Team teaching and curriculum writing in the areas of cultural safety and intercultural communications.
Research interests
  •    Qualitative Research
  •    Mixed methods research
  •    Indigenous research methodologies
  •    Cross cultural education
  •    Workforce

Lorna has worked in several research projects in Top End and in Central Australia. More recently she worked as Research Fellow on an Australian Research Council Discovery (ARC) research project on the ‘Fly in fly out’ workforce with the NT Department of Health, Far West Local Health District, University of Melbourne, Adelaide University, Monash University, Macquarie University and Flinders University. Lorna has been involved in clinical research looking at episodes of staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia and a bronchiectasis study and has been involved in NT government program evaluations and has project managed a homelessness research project with Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation (LNAC).

Teaching interests
  •      Adult Education
  •      Culturally safe communication
  •      Health Literacy
  •      Mentoring