Dr Corinne Walsh

Ph.D. Indigenous ear & hearing health (ANU); Master of Applied Anthropology & Participatory Development (ANU); Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Anthropology (Macq Uni)
Research Fellow
College of Arts and Social Sciences


Corinne commenced as a Research Fellow at ANU's Centre for Social Research & Methods (CSRM) in January 2022 and is co-Investigator on several research and evaluation projects. She previously worked at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, where she co-led a series of systematic reviews on culturally-safe services and supports for Indigenous and First Nations people with disability.

In late 2020, Corinne completed her Ph.D. at ANU’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS), titled: Falling on deaf ears? Listening to the Indigenous voices regarding ear disease (otitis media) and hearing loss. Her Ph.D. was a community-based/ethnographic analysis of middle ear disease (otitis media) and hearing loss, with the Aboriginal community of Yarrabah in Far North Queensland as the case study site. Having a hearing loss herself since infancy, Corinne has personal, lived experience with this topic.

Recognising that the research to-date on Indigenous ear and hearing health has largely been from a clinical and non-Indigenous perspective, and that the very high rates of ear infections and hearing loss amongst Indigenous Australians are showing little sign of improvement, Corinne’s thesis argues that a new approach must be taken. Drawing on discourse theory, Indigenous Standpoint Theory and post-colonial theory, Corinne’s Ph.D. focused on amplifying narratives on ears, hearing, the body, health and healing which tend to have been ignored or silenced – particularly the voices and discourses of Indigenous community members themselves. 

Before undertaking her Ph.D. in 2016, Corinne worked for four years as a Research Officer at ANU's National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS), playing a key role a number of significant research projects pertinent to Indigenous peoples.

Prior to working and studying at the ANU, Corinne worked for several years in policy and research roles at NSW Department of Health, as well as the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). She also has experience working in non-government and community organisations (e.g. Carers NSW).

In addition to her Ph.D., Corinne has a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) from the ANU (2015) and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Macquarie University (2008). 


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Updated:  04 October 2022 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers