Odette Pearson


  • 205 Citations
  • 7 h-Index

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Odette is a Kuku Yalanji/Torres Strait Islander woman jointly appointed as a Senior Research Fellow with Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit at South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute and the Sansom Institute for Health Research within University of South Australia. Her experience and post-doctoral training in Aboriginal health policy, health systems and inequity comprises a unique comprehensive skillset relevant to existing and emerging complexities of Aboriginal health and well-being. Specifically, Odette seeks to understand how institutional policies and practices drive health and social inequities experienced by Indigenous populations. Her novel approach is the use of community-level information to show and explore the reasons for variations in disadvantage both within the Aboriginal community and between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community. Integral to her research is the inclusion of Aboriginal communities in defining their health and wellbeing and how Indigenous data can be governed in the future to derive greater benefit for the population. Her work traverses evidence-based policy development, health services research and epidemiology to identify and address health and social disadvantage and strengths among the Aboriginal population. Odette has expertise in (1) primary health care contexts and systems and their linkages with health and social services (2) conceptual development of Aboriginal specific well-being frameworks and indicators, and (3) using social and epidemiological research to develop policy for chronic disease prevention and management. With strong community and cross sector engagement her current research activities focus on how to reduce disadvantage by improving health and social system responses to better meet the needs of Aboriginal people.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of South Australia


Graduate Certificate, Monash University


Bachelor's Degree, University of Queensland

Feb 1996Nov 1998


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • Chronic Disease
  • Epidemiology
  • Health services research

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Research Output

Assessing the quality of health research from an Indigenous perspective: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander quality appraisal tool

Harfield, S., Pearson, O., Morey, K., Kite, E., Canuto, K., Glover, K., Gomersall, J. S., Carter, D., Davy, C., Aromataris, E. & Braunack-Mayer, A., 10 Apr 2020, In : BMC medical research methodology. 20, 1, 79.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Use and uptake of web-based therapeutic interventions amongst Indigenous populations in Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada: a scoping review

Reilly, R., Stephens, J., Micklem, J., Tufanaru, C., Harfield, S., Fisher, I., Pearson, O. & Ward, J., 31 May 2020, In : Systematic Reviews. 9, 1, p. 123

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


  • 2 Membership of board
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Other
  • 1 Oral presentation

Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association (Journal)

Odette Pearson (Reviewer)
1 Nov 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Adelaide Fringe Board (External organisation)

Odette Pearson (Chair)
31 Oct 201831 Oct 2021

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Reconciliation SA (External organisation)

Odette Pearson (Chair)
10 Dec 201810 Dec 2021

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Committee

Odette Pearson (Participant)
1 Jun 2014 → …

Activity: Other