Simone Sherriff

  • Simone Sherriff

    Project Officer and Academic

    Contact for:
    Education and training
    Media and publications
    Public speaking


Simone Sherriff is a project officer on the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) project based at the Sax Institute, where she has worked for the past 8 years. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Sydney looking at healthy weight status and protective factors against child obesity among urban Aboriginal children and adolescents, and the barriers to food security in urban Aboriginal communities in NSW.  

Simone has experience working in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector in NSW, in Aboriginal health research and in the implementation of services and programs relating to ear health, speech and language development, knowledge translation, co-creation, child obesity, and food security in urban Aboriginal communities.

Simone was the first person in her family to go to University and has completed a Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion and a Master of Public Health at The University of Sydney. Simone holds a Turner PhD scholarship through the Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney.

LinkedIn: Simone Sherriff
Twitter: @Simone51289

Professional Details

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Medicine, Sydney University (Currently Undertaking)
  • Master of Public Health, Sydney University
  • Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion, Sydney University

Area of Expertise

  • Qualitative research
  • Food security
  • Co-creation
  • Child obesity
  • Health promotion

Areas of current leadership enactment

  • The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health Data Access Committee
  • Mentoring Our Brothers and Sisters (MOBS) program, Sydney University
  • Aboriginal Food Security Advisory Committee
  • Participant in a pursuit on co-creative capacity at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland
  • Delivering lectures to the Aboriginal Community Research Skillset course, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Sydney
  • Delivering lectures to Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion and Master of Public Health students, University of Sydney


  • Sherriff S, Miller H, Muthayya S, Williamson A, Eades S, Bailey S, Redman S, Banks E, Craig JC, Tong A, Haynes A. Building trust and sharing power for co-creation in Aboriginal health research: a stakeholder interview study. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, vol 15, no 3, pp. 371-392(22). Epub 2019 Aug 19.
  • Kalucy D, Nixon J, Parvizian M, Fernando P, Sherriff S, McMellon J, D'Este C, Eades S, Williamson A. Exploring pathways to mental healthcare for urban Aboriginal young people: a qualitative interview study. BMJ open. 2019;0:e025670. Doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025670.
  • Gunasekera H, Miller H, Burgess L, Chando S, Sherriff S, Tsembis J, Kong K, Coates H, Curotta J, Falster K, McIntyre P, Banks E, Peter N, Craig JC. Agreement between diagnoses of otitis media by audiologists and otolaryngologists in Aboriginal Australian children. MJA. 2018 Jul. doi 10.5694/mja18.00249.
  • Young C, Tong A, Sherriff S, Kalucy D, Fernando P, Muthayya S, Craig JC. Building better research partnerships by understanding how Aboriginal health communities perceive and use data: A semi-structured interview study. BMJ Open. 2016:6(4):e010792.
  • Young C, Gunasekera H, Kong K, Purcell A, Muthayya S, Vincent F, Wright D, Gordon R, Bell J, Gillor G, Booker J, Fernando P, Kalucy D, Sherriff S, Tong A, Parter C, Bailey S, Redman S, Banks E, Craig J. A case study of enhanced clinical care embedded in Aboriginal health research: the Hearing, EAr health and Language Services (HEALS) project. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2016 Dec;40(6):523-528. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12586. Epub 2016 Oct 23.
  • Young C, Tong A, Gunasekera H, Kong K, Sherriff S, Kalucy D, Fernando P, Craig J. Health professional and community perspectives on reducing barriers to accessing specialist health care in metropolitan Aboriginal communities: A semi-structured interview study: Reducing barriers to health care. J Paediatr Child Health. 2016 Oct 17. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13374.
  • Young C, Tong A, Nixon J, Fernando P, Kalucy D, Sherriff S, Craig JC, Williamson A. Perspectives on childhood resilience among the Aboriginal community: an interview study. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2017 Aug; 41 (4): 405-410. Doi:10.1111/1753.12681. Epub 2017 Jul 16.

To get in contact and engage any of the Fellows, please contact the Alumni Manager (Indigenous Leadership) at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health on:


Phone:             03 9035 8185