Researcher biography

Dr. Toombs is the Director of Indigenous Health, Rural Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Toombs holds a Childrens Hospital Foundation Fellowship and leads three NHMRC project grants and part of a number of other research grants. Her expertise is in mental health amongst Indigenous Australians and exploring the interface between Indigenous and Western research methodologies. Dr Toombs is the chair of Carbal Aboriginal Medical Services, a leading health facilities servicing the Darling Downs region. Dr. Toombs sits on a number of National and International committees. Her current role, in addition to research, includes curriculum development. Dr. Toombs has >20 years' experience in teaching and developing curriculum with an Indigenous perspective and has published a text book, Indigenous Health perspectives:The wombat in the room', which is widely used in Medical and Health Faculties across Australia. Dr. Toombs is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship that focused on working with Universities in Canada to improve retention rates for Indigenous Students.