Research Fellow & PhD Student
Tahlia Eastman grew up on Wurundjeri Country and has Palawa ancestry from the north-west coast of Tasmania. Tahlia has recently completed a post-graduate thesis with first-class Honours at the University of Melbourne on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity politics.
Tahlia is currently a PhD candidate where she is exploring the mental health outcomes of transgenerational passing from an Indigenous perspective. Tahlia’s PhD focuses on strengthening identity, aiming to contribute to better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Tahlia is a research fellow in the Indigenous Studies Unit at the University of Melbourne, where she has been investigating family violence policy, service delivery, and legal assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiencing family violence and is also part of the team working on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curricula Project. Tahlia previously worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy as a research adviser at the Lowitja Institute, playing a vital role as key researcher on multiple research projects.