Dennis McDermott


Dennis has a Bachelor of Economics, an Honours degree in Psychology and a Masters in Writing.

Professional Experience

Dennis is a Koori psychologist, academic and poet.  His current position is Associate Professor in Indigenous Health at Flinders University.

Previously, Dennis has worked as: a research assistant in hypnosis research; a (tertiary) student counsellor; a drug and alcohol educator; a community health psychologist/therapist; in private practice; as an academic in men’s health research and promotion; and as an academic in Indigenous health.  He has trained Aboriginal foster carers, supervised counsellors to the ‘stolen generations’ and worked with families dealing with a death in custody.

Areas of Interest / Expertise

Dennis’s teaching and research interests encompass maternal and infant health, violence and injury prevention / safety promotion, men’s and boys’ health, chronic and complex disease management and prevention, Indigenous social, spiritual and emotional well-being, incarceration and forensic mental health, Indigenous health pedagogy, and the nexus of culture and context in service delivery.

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journals

McDermott, D.(2006) ‘Growing up brown in a white-shirted time’, Med J Aust, Vol. 185 pp.464-466

McDermott, D. (2006). ‘Unknown Family at the Taxi Stand’, Med J Aust, Vol. 184, No. 10 pp.519-520

McDermott, D. (2004). ‘Ghassan’s Gran and My Mother: strategic whiteness among Aboriginal Australians and immigrant ‘others’’, Balayi: Culture, Law and Colonialism, University of Technology, Sydney, Vol. 6.

Conference Proceedings

McDermott, D. (2004). ‘Abo-Proof Fence: can poetry and prose ground a ‘virtual’ Australian apartheid?’, Ngara: Living in This Place Now, 4th Australian Poetry Festival, Sydney.


McDermott, D., Minniecon, R., Jackson Pulver, L., Clifford, A., Blignault, I. and Guthrie, J.  (2008) Bringing Them Home – Kinchela Boys’ Home Aboriginal Corporation Strategic Plan: Final Phase 5-7, World Vision Australia / Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) - Department of Health and Ageing, Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, UNSW.

Jackson Pulver, L. and McDermott, D. (Eds.) (2005) Djiadi #1: Proceedings of the Inaugural Muru Marri Indigenous Health Research Day, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW.

McDermott, D. (2003) ‘How Do You Get Cured of Spiritual Sickness?’: Discarding a ‘blacks behaving badly’ model of Indigenous Australian violence in favour of shared responsibility and a ‘men’s business’ approach’, International Health Exchange.

Current Research Activities

Dennis is a PhD candidate.