Sharon Chirgwin

Associate Dean Teaching & Learning


Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (International Teacher Training Academy); Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Knowledges (Batchelor Institute); PhD (Griffith University); MSc (University of Queensland); Dip Education (Adelaide University); BSc (Adelaide University)

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:



Darwin: Casuarina Campus Red 9


Sharon manages Menzies' Education and Training division, providing leadership and support to the staff who deliver on behalf of Charles Darwin University, postgraduate public health and health research courses and the Vocational and Education (VET) Certificate II in Community Based Research. She also lectures in the postgraduate units Research Design, and Research Ethics and Impact, and assists with VET training that specifically involves research. Sharon began her academic career as a quantitative researcher both in the field and laboratory, then became a node coordinator for a CRC, supervising and undertaking qualitative research projects. Later, Sharon worked as a project manager at Batchelor Institute and was involved in Indigenous research. During that time, Sharon developed an interest in the health and wellbeing of First Nations Australians, publishing across a broad range of areas from the Indigenous perspectives on birds, the issues faced by Indigenous HDR students, and the perspectives of Indigenous nurses. This interest has continued, with Sharon contributing to chapters focussing on Indigenous Health in various university public health textbooks.
Sharon currently supervises a range of Masters by coursework project students, and is co-supervising PHD students who are utilising mixed methods and qualitative designs.

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