Raelene Nixon

  • Raelene Nixon

    Research Fellow

    Contact for:
    Board and governance
    Media and publications
    Public speaking


Raelene Nixon is a Dungala Kaiela Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. With many years’ experience working in welfare, health, project management, Indigenous community development and education. Skilled in Research, Ecological Evaluations, Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, Governance, Organizational Development, Community Development and Engagement. Her interests are in strength-based research and building the capacity and leadership in Aboriginal communities. She has Certificates in Community Services, Indigenous and Youth Mental Health and Indigenous Research, a Diploma in Aboriginal Family and Community Counselling, a Masters in Health and Social Science and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy with the University of Melbourne looking at Prosperity on Country: re-imagining and re-positioning the social, economic and cultural value of Indigenous people in the Goulburn Murray region.

Professional Details

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – University of Melbourne (current)
  • Master of Health and Social Science – University of Melbourne
  • Diploma of Aboriginal Family and Community Counselling
  • Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research – University of Melbourne
  • Company Directors Course – Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Area of Expertise

  • Research
  • Governance
  • Community service


  • Board Director with Rumbalara Football Netball Club
  • Director with Winya Aboriginal Women’s Group
  • Member with Algabonyah Community Cabinet

Areas of current leadership enactment

  • Strength based Indigenous research
  • Indigenous community development and leadership
  • Public speaking


  • Malatzky, C., Nixon, R., Mitchell, O., & Bourke, L. (2018). Prioritising the cultural inclusivity of a rural mainstream health service for First Nation Australians: an analysis of discourse and power. Health Sociology Review, 27(3), 248–262. https://doi-org.ezp.lib.unimelb.edu.au/10.1080/14461242.2018.1474720
  • Bourke, L., Malatzky, C., Terry, D., Nixon, R., Ferguson, K. & Ferguson, P. (2017) Perspectives of Aboriginal issues among non-Aboriginal residents of rural Victorian communities. Australian Journal of Social Issues 52(3): 278-293.

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:

Email:              poche-alumni@unimelb.edu.au

Phone:             03 9035 8185