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Doctor Shelley Walker

Research Fellow

Shelley is a social science researcher with appointments at Burnet Institute and the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University. She has a background in nursing, community development and youth work. She completed her PhD in 2020, which was focused on the lived experiences of incarceration and drug use for a group of young men with histories of injecting drugs. Shelley has extensive experience in qualitative research spanning studies related to young people’s sexual health; incarcerated populations who use drugs; injecting drug use; hepatitis C elimination; disadvantaged populations in low-income countries; and the evaluation of external alcohol and other drugs programs. Shelley is passionate about human rights and social justice issues and the translation of research into outcomes for the empowerment of disadvantaged, marginalised and vulnerable communities.

  • 2020: PhD, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
  • 2012: MPHC, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 1999: BA Community Development, Deakin University, Australia
  • 1988: Registered Nurse, Goulburn Valley Base Hospital, Au
  • Research Fellow: Justice Health and AOD Working Groups, Burnet Institute
  • Research Fellow: National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
  • Adjunct position: School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
  • 2021. Miller Foundation Travel Scholarship. Burnet Institute.
  • 2020. Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Internship. Department of Education and Training.
  • 2019. Curtin University Bootcamp Scholarship.
  • 2016. National Drug Research Institute Travel Scholarship.
  • 2015-2019. Faculty of Health Sciences Top Up Award for best RTP application, Curtin University.
  • 2015-2019. Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) PhD Scholarship, Curtin University.
  • 2010-2011. Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development Fellowship, University of Melbourne.
Reports + Policy Briefs

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