Sharon Dennis

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Sharon Dennis

Associate Lecturer

Room Room B1-45, Cradle Coast Campus, Cradle Coast Campus

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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Higher Education


Sharon has a variety of experience. She has worked as a nurse for over 12 years that has involved care in a rural mining community to working in a regional hospitals operating theatre. 

Sharon has also had more than one small business, with one of the business's still current, involving customer service and has won awards in recognition of excellent service.

Complementing the business Sharon has a Diploma in Frontline Management.

Aboriginal Studies at the University of Tasmanian and being an active Aboriginal community member Sharon has an understanding of issues that affect Aboriginal People. This has been demonstrated with several funding submissions that have been successful and delivered by Sharon including improving the health and well being of Aboriginal Women in the North West of Tasmania. Other successful projects she has assisted with in research have been Alcohol and other Drugs, Information Technology in remote areas and the Tiagarra and the Mersey Bluff Project.

Sharon has a commitment to Aboriginal issues in Tasmania has recently been elected to the Aboriginal Land and Council of Tasmania (ALCT) as well as other state advisory boards.  Other commitments have involved a National representation with the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN) and the Indigenous Staff Network (ISN) with the University Centre of Rural Health (CRH).

Currently working with the CRH Sharon has a focus in the delivery of programs for Aboriginal people to enrol in University studies both distant and at the Cradle Coast Campus towards a career in health. She has also assisted and delivered cultural awareness programs both to University students and staff and Aboriginal health and higher education key stakeholders.

Career summary

Languages (other than English)

  • BN, University of Tasmania

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Fields of Research

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Nursing (111099)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (210301)
  • Language, Communication and Culture (209999)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Health Informatics (080702)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Management (080701)

Research Objectives

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) (920303)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes (920302)
  • Rural Health (920506)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health (920301)


Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2017Cross M, Sculthorpe J, Barnett T, Dennis S, 'Preparing students for placement in Aboriginal health services using online virtual orientation tours: A Participatory action approach', Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin, 17, (2) pp. 1-7. ISSN 1445-7253 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Cross M; Barnett T


Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
2008Dennis SL, 'Community Voices', Reading Robinson: Companion Essays to Friendly Mission, Quintus Publishing, Anna Johnston & Mitchell Rolls (ed), Hobart, pp. 181-182. ISBN 9780977557257 (2008) [Other Book Chapter]

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2005Dennis SL, 'In Our Own Right - Black Australian Nurses' Stories', Black Australian Nurses' Stories, eContent Management Pty Ltd, Sally Goold Oam & Kerrynne Liddle (ed), Sydney, pp. 58-62. ISBN 0975742221 (2005) [Other Book Chapter]

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(1 outputs)
2014Barnett T, Auckland S, Bridgman H, Cross M, Dennis S, et al., 'Rural Health Benchmarking Project 2013/14: Final Report and Recommendations' pp. 1-25. (2014) [Substantial Review]

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Co-authors: Barnett T; Auckland S; Bridgman H; Cross M; Feely A; Kirschbaum M; Booth S

Conference Publication

(8 outputs)
2017Cross DMG, Barnett T, Dennis SL, 'Expanding horizons: Using virtual orientation tours to promote rural, remote and Aboriginal health', 35th Annual CRANAplus Conference, 18-20 October 2017, Broome, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2017Dennis S, 'Research and teaching in a rural setting', Cradle Coast Academic Community of Practice Symposium, 2 November 2017, Burnie, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2017Dennis SL, 'The health of native food and native food for health', 11th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference 2017, 5-7 September 2017, Cairns, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2017Dennis SL, 'The Consciousness of Tasmanian Native Food and Aboriginal People', UTAS School of Land and Food Conference, 13-15 June 2017 (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2017Dennis SL, Naden K, Walke E, Hunter K, 'The Aboriginal Staff Alliance Network, Succeeding in the Educational Health Workforce', 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation, co-hosted by NHMRC and the Lowitja Institute (2017) [Conference Extract]

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2016Dennis SL, 'Partnerships and Aboriginal Community', Youth Family and Community Connections Conference, 2016, 11-12 October 2016, Burnie, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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2012Dennis SL, 'A University shift towards Aboriginal cultural inclusion', Conference proceedings, 1 August 2012, Mount Isa, pp. 1. (2012) [Plenary Presentation]

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2005Dennis SL, 'Helping Nurses work effectively in Aboriginal Communities', AARN Tasmania Victoria State Conference, 17-18 November 2005, Melbourne (2005) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
2013Barnett AP, Auckland SRJ, Stewart FE, Dennis SL, 'Evaluation of the young Aboriginal drug and alcohol service (yAdas)', Cornerstone Youth Services, 1 (2013) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Barnett AP; Auckland SRJ; Stewart FE

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Preparing students for placement in Aboriginal Health (2014)$21,965
The aims of the project are, at the behest of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) to: collaboratively develop, trial and evaluate Virtual orientation Tours of three Aboriginal Health Services in Tasmania. Methodology: An action research approach will be adopted to guide the collaborative development, trialing and evaluation of the Virtual Tours of three Aboriginal Health Services. The outcomes will be three virtual orientation tours hosted online via the Tasmanian Clinical Education Network (TCEN) and TAC websites with links to other areas of the TAC website that the TAC considers appropriate for increasing students cultural awareness and competence. These virtual orientations will prepare students for professional experience placements in Aboriginal Health services in a way that is timely and cost-effective for students and placement providers, alleviates reality shock, increases students understanding of the local culture, nature of the services and learning opportunities available and what will be expected of them. In addition to preparing students for placement in Aboriginal Health, these Virtual orientation programs will be accessible to all health professional students via the TCEN website and potentially other students and prospective employees via the TAC website and thus help to address the identified need to expose more health professionals and students to Aboriginal Health issues and Aboriginal Health Services (Australian Government Mason Review, 2012; Closing the Gap; 2008-14; TCEN 2014-15).
Health Workforce Australia ($21,965)
Grant-Tasmanian Clinical Education Network
Administered By
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc
Research Team
Sculthorpe J; Cross DMG; Barnett Tony; Valk M; Dennis SL