Warwick Padgham

Warwick Padgham is smiling at the camera, he has short hair and stubble. Hw is wearing a checked shirt

Thesis title

How do health justice programs in Indigenous community-controlled health organisations give effect to Indigenous self-determination?

Description of PhD project

This project seeks to understand the experiences of Indigenous community members who access health justice programs within Indigenous community-controlled health organisations. Whilst this research project will explore the models in which these programs are established and delivered, for the purposes of this introductory work I will divide these between formal (specifically referred to as partnerships) and informal (programs).

To be able to understand how these services might benefit the communities they serve, the PhD project will explore how these two services have been established in the past, in Australia and internationally, and in various settings including health services, refugee centres and schools. Issues such as community politics, funding models and partnership types will all be explored.

The importance of this PhD centres around developing an evidence base and better understanding of models of health justice co-delivery which are already providing benefit for Indigenous communities. With the outcomes of this PhD demonstrating these examples of good health service delivery I aim to provide resources across other Indigenous community organisations and other non-Indigenous specific health services.



Warwick Padgham is a Taungurung man and is the Manager of Indigenous Student Programs where he oversees Indigenous graduate research student development.

Over the past decade Warwick has worked in several roles in Indigenous higher education including Associate Director of Murrup Barak, Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development and Program Manager of the Indigenous Law and Justice Hub in the Melbourne Law School.

He has a Bachelor of Business, LaTrobe University;  Master of Public Health, University of Melbourne; and Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research, University of Melbourne


  • Research Training Program stipend
  • Indigenous Knowledge Institute PhD Bursary
  • MDHS Indigenous Research Training Support Scheme