Research Fellow & PhD Student
Shane Bawden is a Research Fellow and a PhD candidate with the Indigenous Studies Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Shane comes from a legal studies and social work background. He has a Bachelor of Legal Studies from Murdoch University. A Bachelor of Social Work, University of Melbourne and a Master of Social Work from Monash University. Shane has extensive experience working in the health sector starting his career as a Royal Australian Navy Medic. He went on to study law, going on to work in the Civil Appeals Office, Royal Courts of Justice, London, United Kingdom. On returning to Australia he worked for Indigenous community-based organisations. He gained further qualifications in Social Work, practising in the primary and secondary health sectors in Victoria. He has been involved in social justice advocacy, policy development, research and has worked collaboratively with Indigenous community organisations in the areas of health. Shane’s PhD research is examining the alcohol supply and its harmful impacts on Aboriginal communities in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.