Theme Member
Dr Anna Dawson


Phone: 8128 4265



Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland (2010)

Graduate Diploma International Health, Curtin University (2004)

Graduate Certificate Project Management, University of South Australia (2002)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), University of South Australia (1999)


Anna is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange (CREATE) in the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit at SAHMRI. Anna has a clinical background in physiotherapy and has been working in health research since 2002. Her work focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health and wellbeing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce, and health services research. She is currently supporting the CREATE team in developing a portfolio of best practice in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations through nationwide case studies and in providing capacity building activities for the sector. She is also working in partnership with the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia on a project funded by the Lowitja Institute which aims to understand stress and straying strong in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and human services' workforce. Anna is a mixed method researcher who has undertaken diverse research training to become proficient in a range of methodologies and culturally safe participatory approaches. She is interested in translating research findings using novel approaches that are meaningful and accessible to target audiences.

Research Interests

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce 
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health 
  •  Health services research 
  •  Knowledge translation 
  •  Mixed methods



Dawson AP, Cargo M, Stewart H, Chong A, Daniel M. Identifying multi-level culturally appropriate smoking cessation strategies for Aboriginal health staff: a concept mapping approach. Health Education Research 2013;28(1):31-45.

Dawson AP, Cargo M, Stewart H, Chong A, Daniel M. "I know it's bad for me and yet I do it": exploring the factors that perpetuate smoking in Aboriginal Health Workers - a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research 2012;12:102.

Dawson AP, Cargo M, Stewart H, Chong A, Daniel M. Aboriginal Health Workers experience multilevel barriers to quitting smoking: a qualitative study. International Journal for Equity in Health 2012;11:27.

Dawson AP, Schluter PJ, Hodges PW, Stewart S, Turner C. Fear of movement, passive coping, manual handling and severe or radiating pain increase the likelihood of sick leave due to low back pain. Pain 2011;152(7):1517-24.

Dawson AP, Steele E, Hodges P, Stewart S. Utility of the Oswestry Disability Index for studies of back pain related disability in nurses: evaluation of psychometric and measurement properties. International Journal of Nursing Studies 2010; 47(5):604-7.

Dawson AP, Steele EJ, Hodges PW, Stewart S. Development and test-retest reliability of an extended version of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ-E): A screening instrument for musculoskeletal pain. The Journal of Pain 2009;10(5):517-526.         

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