The PCIC provides advice to the NHMRC Council and CEO on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and the implementation of Road Map 3.

The NHMRC has established an advisory committee to seek advice on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and health research issues.

The committee is comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives currently on NHMRC Council and Principal Committees and Early Career Researchers. The committee is chaired by Professor Sandra Eades.

The committee members for 2018 - 2021 triennium are below.

Sandra Eades


Professor Sandra is an Associate Dean (Indigenous) for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne.
Sandra, whose family are Noongar from the Minang, Goreng and Kaniyang clans in south-west Western Australia, has made outstanding contributions to the epidemiology of Indigenous child health in Australia, as well as national leadership in Indigenous health research. 
In 2003, Sandra was Australia's first Aboriginal medical doctor to be awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy, at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, in Perth. That same year, she was recognised as NSW Woman of the Year for her work in paediatric and perinatal epidemiology, identifying links between social factors, such as housing, and infant health.
Sandra leads a new NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence focused on Aboriginal child and adolescent health, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science.



Prof Cadet-James has an extensive background in health spanning some 40 years. She is currently the Chair of Indigenous Australian Studies at James Cook University where she is responsible for providing leadership in education and research especially in matters which affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She has been involved in national reform regarding improving research health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

Her research expertise includes empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to identify their own issues and practical solutions to those issues. Her other research interests lie in community based models to address alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use. Yvonne is particularly focused on strengthening the capacity of researchers and communities to ensure that research addresses their priorities and needs.

She provides representation on international, national and local boards, committees and working groups and is an invited keynote speaker at forums and conferences. Prof Cadet-James is a Gugu Badhun Aboriginal person from the Valley of Lagoons in north Queensland.



Dr Gilroy is an Aboriginal health sociologist, specialising in disability and ageing research.

He is currently doing research relating to disability services and the NDIS.


Associate Professor

Associate Professor McAullay has considerable experience in health research, policy and practice. He has worked in a number of senior positions in these areas as well as in tertiary education. He is a registered nurse with post graduate qualifications. He has a strong research track record including presentations, publications and grants. His primary research areas of interest include maternal, infant and child health, primary health care and other health services research.

He currently works as Director of the Centre for Improving Health Services for Aboriginal Children (ISAC). He also runs his own consulting company (Dan McAullay Consulting) and is a Director with the majority Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and managed communication consulting company, Mode Black.



Dr Pearson is a Kuku Yalanji/Torres Strait Islander woman jointly appointed as a Senior Research Fellow with Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute and the Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia. She holds a PhD (2013) from the University of South Australia and Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Indigenous Primary Health Care) (1998) from the University of Queensland. 

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, Dr Pearson seeks to understand how institutional policies and practices drive health and social inequities experienced by Indigenous peoples. 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. Dr Pearson has experience 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.



Dr Yvette Roe is Njikena Jawuru woman from the West Kimberley region, Western Australia who has more than 20 years’ experience working in the Indigenous health sector.  As an Aboriginal scholar, her research and priority has been to identify opportunities to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by delivering and evaluating services that are patient, family and community focused. Dr Roe has diverse interests across a number of disciplines such as public health, sociology and research methodology.

As an early career Aboriginal scholar, the areas of expertise she aims to develop are: critical Indigenous mix methodology that focuses on health system reform (effectiveness & efficiencies, coverage, effort); Indigenous realism, continuity of care (primary, acute and secondary-prevention); innovative models of health care; clinical response to social complexity, patient engagement, health service advocacy, quality of care and quality of life epidemiology and biostatistics.

Dr Roe is a Senior Research Fellow, Midwifery Research Unit, Mater Research South Brisbane. Dr Roe is the Indigenous lead on two NHMRC grants focused on undertaking high quality research to improve Indigenous birthing by redesigning health systems that will ensure a healthier start to life for Indigenous babies and their families.



Dr. Sean Taylor is descendent of the Dauareb Tribe, one of the eight tribes of Mer Island in the Eastern Torres Strait region.

Sean has over twenty years of clinical experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health working at different levels across Australia in range of academic and research interest, as well as clinical practice. He started his career as an Indigenous Health Worker in his home community of Mer (Murray) Island in the mid-1990’s and then became a registered nurse.

Sean has completed a Graduate Certificate in Health: Diabetes Management & Education, Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and a Doctor of Public Health (Research) focusing on Diabetes Care and Management in remote communities. The Overall aim of his doctorate was to provide epidemiological evidence to support the development of community level interventions to address some of the most important risk factors associated with the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the remote regions with Type 2 diabetes.

Previously, Sean held positions at Aboriginal Health Council of Australia, the Centre for Kidney Research - University of Sydney, Sansom Institute for Health Research – University of South Australia, Centre for Research Excellence in Chronic Disease Prevention in Rural and Remote Communities – University of South Australia, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention –Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, James Cook University and Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service.

Sean is currently the Executive Director Aboriginal Health Practitioner for Top End Health Service, Darwin, Northern Territory Government.



Ms Laura Thompson is a proud Gunditjmara woman and is an experienced and respected leader in Aboriginal Health and in Health Promotion. With 18 years' experience, a Masters of Public Health and a Business and Education background, Laura has led numerous successful health promotion initiatives in the Aboriginal Community. Many of which, have been recognised as being the gold standard. 

The "Coach" Program received the 2016 Minister's Award for Early Years Education and another three projects led by Laura, have been finalists at the VicHealth Health Promotion Awards, including #HerTribe Aboriginal women's health and empowerment program that received the highly commended award at the 2017 VicHealth Awards for 'improving mental health and wellbeing'. 

Laura is a strong advocate for public health initiatives and healthy environments. She is also the Spark Health team Aboriginal artist designing all the artwork for the Spark Health merchandise.