PhD candidate in Nura Gili Indigenous Studies, UNSW

David Coombs is a non-Indigenous student of public policy and politics and has a particular interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. His PhD research project focuses on the government policies that affect the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, looking specifically at funding models. David has taught public policy and politics to undergraduate and graduate students in a number of different contexts including Nura Gili’s Indigenous studies courses. David's PhD research has taken him to Biripi, Worimi, Gumbaynggirr, Kamilaroi, Ngemba, Wiradjuri, Anaiwan, Wailwan, Awabakal, Darkinjung, and Yorta Yorta Country, where he has met many kind, knowledgeable and inspiring people. He currently lives on Gadigal Country and has a fond relationship with members of the vibrant and resilient Mt Druitt Aboriginal Community. David also has an interest in Spanish and Latin American politics and culture.

David has a Bachelor of International Studies from UNSW and a Master of Research from Macquarie University.


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    PhD candidate, UNSW