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Professor Odette Best

Name Odette Best
Position Professor (Nursing)
Section School of Nursing and Midwifery
Office I419c
Location Ipswich Campus
Phone +61 7 3812 6280
Extension 6280
Qualifications BHlthSc Sydney , MPhil Griffith , PhD USQ

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History ( 210301 )
  • Nursing not elsewhere classified ( 111099 )
  • Biography ( 210304 )

Research interests
First Nations Health, First Nations Nurses and Midwives historiography, Cultural Safety, Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Professional memberships
Churchill Fellow
Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses
Fellow Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
Member Australian College of Nurses
Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union

Industry affiliations
Board Member Catherine Freeman Foundation

Currently teaching courses/programs
NUR 3030 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
NUR 1120 - Health and Illness
HEA 8302 - Culture as a Determinant of Helath

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
17 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Associate Head - Indigenous Community Engagement and Research

Research most notable
First Editor and co-author: Yatdjuligin: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing and Midwifery Care. (2014, 2017) Cambridge Press.

Publications in ePrints

Best, Odette and Ward, RaeleneORCID: and Johnston, Elizabeth and Easton, Caitlin (2020) The Research Higher Degree Journey for Aboriginal Students. In: Indigenous Postgraduate Education: Intercultural Perspectives. Research in Multicultural Education and International Perspectives. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, United States, pp. 179-189. ISBN 9781648021107

Best, Odette and Carey, MelissaORCID: and Rigg, Elizabeth (2019) A mixed method case study: the preparedness of a school of nursing and midwifery in teaching mandated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in undergraduate nursing curriculum. In: National Nursing Forum 2019: Nursing Now - Power of Policy, 21-23 Aug 2019, Hobart, Tasmania.

Best, Odette and Gorman, Don (2016) 'Some of us pushed forward and let the world see what could be done': Aboriginal Australian nurses and midwives, 1900-2005. Labour History: a Journal of Labour and Social History (111). pp. 149-164. ISSN 0023-6942

Best, Odette and Grehan, Madonna (2015) Not domestic servants: Aboriginal Australian women as trained nurses and midwives 1900-1949. In: 32nd Annual AAHN Nursing & Health Care History Conference, 17-20 Sep 2015, Dublin, Ireland.

Best, Odette (2015) Training the ‘natives’ as nurses in Australia: so what went wrong? In: Colonial caring: a history of colonial and post-colonial nursing. Nursing History and Humanities. Manchester University Press, Manchester, MI, United States, pp. 104-125. ISBN 9780719099700

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History ( 210301 )
  • Nursing not elsewhere classified ( 111099 )
  • Biography ( 210304 )