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.
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, 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.