Master of International and Community Development, Deakin University 2016; Bachelor of Arts (Communications), Charles Sturt University, 1994
Vicki Kerrigan believes stories have the power to inspire positive change. She has two decades of experience as a reporter and presenter at ABC Radio stations across the country. As a presenter on ABC Darwin, Vicki started to question why the mainstream media dominated by non-Indigenous storytellers (herself included) struggled to tell Aboriginal stories well. So began her research journey exploring the socio-cultural factors which affect Indigenous settler communication.
Currently working with Aboriginal leaders, the Top End Health Service (TEHS) and the NT Aboriginal Interpreter Service she is undertaking a PhD, embedded in the ‘Communicate Study’. The PhD project explores the barriers to effective communication between Aboriginal patients and hospital-based doctors in Darwin and the power of patient stories to challenge negative stereotypes. Drawing on her experience as a broadcaster, Vicki is piloting a series of cultural education podcasts which reveal the patients experience of hospital.
In addition to her PhD project, she is conducting qualitative research with the SP Plus: expanding RHD prevention project. Previously she was project manager on the Social Media to Enhance Indigenous Tobacco Control research project. She has lived in Darwin for over a decade.
A new podcast released today, Ask the Specialist, reveals the reality of the hospital experience for Aboriginal patients in the Top End of the Northern Territory and offers ideas to improve the delivery of culturally respectful care.
The training comes as new research from the Menzies School of Health looking at Australia's indigenous community has shown that using Facebook to deliver health messages can be effective.
A poster presentation on a study of patient-provider intercultural communication at Royal Darwin Hospital and consequently Aboriginal patient health outcomes, measured using quantitative and qualitative data.
NT News | Sharing health message on FB
Positive health-related social media posts that provide new information are more likely to be shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to encourage healthy behaviours, a study has found.
- Kerrigan, V., Lewis, N., Cass, A., Hefler, M. and Ralph, A. (2020). “How can I do more?” Cultural awareness training for hospital-based healthcare providers working with high Aboriginal caseload. BMC Medical Education, 20(173). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-020-02086-5
- Kerrigan, V., Lee, A.M., Ralph, A.P., Lawton, P.D. (2020). Stay Strong: Aboriginal leaders deliver COVID-19 health messages. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpja.364
- Kerrigan, V, Herdman R.M., Thomas D.P. and Hefler, M. (2019). ‘I still remember your post about buying smokes’: a case study of a remote Aboriginal community-controlled health service using Facebook for tobacco control. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 25(5), 443-448. doi: 10.1071/PY19008
- Hefler, M., Kerrigan, V., Henryks, J., Freeman. B,, Boot, G. and Thomas, D.P. (2019). Using Facebook to reduce smoking among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a participatory grounded action study. BMC Public Health, 19. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6918-7
- Hughes, J., Dembski, L., Kerrigan, V., Majoni, S.W., Lawton, P.D. and Cass, A. (2018). Gathering Perspectives - Finding Solutions for Chronic and End Stage Kidney Disease. Indigenous Patient Voices - 2017 Symposium Report. Asia Pacific Society of Nephrology, 23(S1), 1-13.
- Hefler, M., Kerrigan, V., Henryks, J., Freeman, B., and Thomas, D.P. (2018). Social media and health information sharing among Australian Indigenous people. Health Promotion International, 34(4), 706–715. doi: 10.1093/heapro/day018
- Kerrigan, V. (December, 2017). Whitefella Broadcasting: Why non Indigenous journalists struggle to tell Aboriginal stories in Australia. Paper presented at the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia annual conference, Newcastle.