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DR Bill Genat


  • Ethnographic Research (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's Health)
  • Health Program Evaluation (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's Health)
  • Qualitative Research (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's Health)



  • Dr. Bill Genat is an Senior Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and works with the Public Health Research Unit at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) on the integration of systematic data collection to assist evaluation research across nutrition, smoking cessation, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health and harm reduction programs. He is a joint author of Aboriginal Healthworkers: Primary Health Care at the Margins, UWA Press: Perth, WA. 2006 and Action Research in Health, Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ. 2004.   


Member of

  • Action Research Issues Association. Member 2008 -
  • Action Learning Action Research Association. Executive Committee - Treasurer 2005 - 2007 2004 -
  • The Australian Sociological Association. Member 2003 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Western Australia 2001
  • GDip, The University of Western Australia 1994
  • BSc, The University of Western Australia 1982

Awards and honors

  • Norman Curry Teaching Award, University of Melbourne, 2010



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My theoretical and methodological interests concern how we access and report local understandings and meanings that people, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's bring to their lives for the purpose of developing effective health and social programs. For me, these questions are informed by community development theory and practice, action research methods and practice and the contemporary fusion of Chicago School Sociology, Cultural Studies, Feminism and Decolonising Methodologies.