Dr Stewart Sutherland

Senior Lecturer and Chair Indigenous Health Framework, ANU School of Medicine and Psychology
Associate Dean First Nations ANU College of Health & Medicine

Dr Stewart Sutherland was born and raised in Wellington NSW the heart of Wiradjuri country. For over a decade he has worked in Indigenous health, in more recent years focusing on identity and mental health particularly Social and Emotional Wellbeing of the Stolen Generations (people forcibly removed from their families). Stewart has just finished his PHD, at the Australian National University Canberra, the focus of which was the interplay between reconciliation (apology) and the social emotional wellbeing of people forcibly removed from their families.


Research interests

Education, Social and Emotional Wellbeing; Cultural Identity; Trauma; Forced Removal, Cultural Transference, Cultural Knowledge Systems, Food Traditions and Security, Indigenous Health and Reconciliation.

  • Williamson Smith, R, Banwell, C, Calear, A et al. 2022, 'Bushfire Smoke in Our Eyes: Community Perceptions and Responses to an Intense Smoke Event in Canberra, Australia', Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 10, pp. 1-11.
  • Gaborit, L, Robinson, M & Sutherland, S 2022, 'Characterising health promotion in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages: A content analysis of COVID-19 and maternal health resources', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 33, no. S1, pp. 207 - 221.
  • Dudgeon, P, Alexi, J, Derry, K et al. 2021, 'Mental health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia during COVID-19', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 485-502.
  • Moodie, N, Ward, J, Dudgeon, P, McDonnell, S et al. 2020, 'Roadmap to Recovery: Reporting on a research taskforce supporting Indigenous responses to COVID-19 in Australia', Australian Journal of Social Issues, p. 13.
  • Sutherland, S 2017, Reconciliation: The Effects of Reconciliation Initiatives (Apologies) on the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of People Affected by Past Forced Removal Policies – A Transnational Comparative Study (Australia, Canada, and New Zealand).
  • Sutherland, S, Russell, L, Adams, M et al 2014, 'Attending the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada National Event in Vancouver, September 2013: a narrative report', Australian Aboriginal Studies, no. 1, pp. 125-131.