I am often asked how I got to Oxford. I remember when I wanted to consider the NT Intervention, and realised that no one had evaluated it using any real evidence. Consequently, I searched the internet looking for a course that I could take that would give me the skills, knowledge and language that would allow me to do this. The only course I could find was the one at Oxford. I thought, 'well, that would be interesting', never thinking even for a milli-second that I would ever be considered for entry there...
Aunty Kerrie undertook a Master of Science in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy at Wolfson College, Oxford, having received a Roberta Sykes Scholarship in 2012.
Aunty Kerrie is a mission-born Winninninni woman who grew up on Darkingjung country in New South Wales. Her father was a well-known Aboriginal artist and her mother was one of the first Aboriginal Education Assistants in primary school settings.
Aunty Kerrie left school at 16, and after a three year stint at Gosford District Hospital on the Central Coast, became a general nurse. She then went on to gain additional certificates in Psychiatric and Mental Retardation Nursing as well as Renal Nursing and Disaster Medicine. At 33 years of age, she enrolled at university and became the first Aboriginal person to graduate from the University of Newcastle with a Psychology degree. She also holds a graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing from the University of Southern Queensland, a Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Indigenous Health from the University of Wollongong.
Aunty Kerrie has lived and worked all over Australia in various academic and health executive roles. She has worked for the World Health Organisation as a nurse consultant in the Middle East on models mental health and health management. Her awards include an AIATSIS grant; the Endeavour Fellowship; and a University of Melbourne Indigenous Research Scholarship.
She is the Associate Professor of Indigenous Health and the Coordinator of Indigenous Health for the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT.
Meet Aunty Kerrie Doyle: Research leader and Indigenous health expert, RMIT University, May 2017
Engaging Aboriginal communities in healthcare, The Sphere
If I were to point out the single most important factor in successfully completing an Oxford degree, I would have to say [Aurora's CEO] Richard Potok. Richard is always available and can solve any problem. Without his support, I would have never applied, and I am sure I would not have finished. I will never be able to repay the Aurora Foundation, the Roberta Sykes Foundation, UC and especially, Richard. I will ever be grateful for the sacrifices made on my behalf, for the friendships I have forged, and the person I have become.