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Stefanie Puszka, Research Scholar

Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Economics), Monash University

Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledges (Hons), Charles Darwin University

Graduate Certificate in Yolŋu Studies, Charles Darwin University

Stef is a PhD candidate at CAEPR and Menzies School of Health Research under the joint Australian National University & Charles Darwin University PhD program. Stef maintains a research interest in the intercultural ways that Indigenous peoples and nations interact and interface with nation states through service delivery. She has worked with Menzies School of Health Research over the last 6 years in multidisciplinary Indigenous research projects in the areas of mental health and wellbeing, chronic disease, youth health and health systems research.

Thesis (working title)

Urban Domestic Moral Economies of Indigenous dialysis patients

Stef's thesis will explore the everyday life experiences of Indigenous dialysis patients and their families in displacement from remote communities to urban areas for treatment using an ethnographic approach. Her research seeks to describe the ways in which people experience and respond to their immediate material circumstances (housing or accommodation, food security, disposable income); their experiences of and responses to the social welfare system; and the ways in which people may maintain or re-establish connections with kin, customary practices, identities and traditional estates in the urban environment to support their livelihoods. Better understandings of the urban migration experience are needed to more effectively support patients and their families and for improved integration of transfer payments and support services provided by various Federal, State and Territory, Aboriginal community controlled and non-government agencies.

Research interests

The welfare system, welfare conditionality, moral economy, governmentality, political economy, livelihoods research, Indigenous enterprises

Primary supervisor

Dr Katie Curchin


Kearns T, Ward F, Puszka S, Gundjirryirr R, Moss B, Bailie R (2017) Anaemia Health Literacy of Community Members and Health Practitioners: Knowledge of Best Practice Guidelines in a Remote Australian Aboriginal Community, Universal Journal of Public Health 5(1):32 - 39

Puszka S, Dingwall K, Sweet M, Nagel T (2016) E-Mental Health Innovations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: A Qualitative Study of Implementation Needs in Health Services, JMIR Mental Health, 3(3): e43

Dingwall K, Puszka S, Sweet M, Mills PPJR, Nagel T (2015) Evaluation of a culturally adapted training course in Indigenous e-mental health, Australasian Psychiatry, 23(6): 630-635

Dingwall K, Puszka S, Sweet M, Nagel T (2015) "Like Drawing Into Sand": Acceptability, Feasibility, and Appropriateness of a New e-Mental Health Resource for Service Providers Working With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, Australian Psychologist, 50: 60-69

Puszka S, Nagel T, Matthews V, Mosca D, Piovesan R, Nori A, Bailie R (2015) Monitoring and assessing the quality of care for youth: developing an audit tool using an expert consensus approach, International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 9(28)

Puszka S, Greatorex J, Williams G (2013) Regulating Responsibilities: Income management, community engagement and bureaucratic learning at Mäpuru, north east Arnhem Land, Learning Communities, 13


National Health and Medical Research Council

Stef Puszka
02 6125 0597

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