Sarah Ireland


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Dr Sarah Ireland is a post-doctoral researcher at the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, Charles Darwin University. Her research focuses on  women’s reproductive health, health literacy, two-way learning and knowledge translation, First Nations research methodolgies, and the influence of culture. Sarah enjoys innovating non-traditional outputs to communicate research findings and is one of the filmmakers behind the international award winning documentary DJÄKAMIRR.

Sarah is a medical anthropologist, nurse and midwife; and is trained in community development. She has a clinical background in nursing and midwifery with extensive experience delivering healthcare in collaboration with First Nations health practitioners and communities in remote areas of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Since completing First Class Honours and a PhD in medical anthropology, she has held academic positions at Charles Darwin University. In these roles she has collaborated with First Nations co-researchers to undertake and complete research projects and commissioned evaluations on a diverse range of First Nations topics. Much of  Sarah’s most recent work deals with the cultural interface of First Nations knowledge systems and Western midwifery practice. She is an Associate Editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

Sarah and her team are currently seeking passionate Masters and Doctorate students to undertake a range of projects as part of the study To Be Born Upon a Pandanus Mat Yothuw gayatha dhäwal guyaŋa' nharaw

If you are interested in research student opportunities reach out and email [email protected]


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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