Australian Anti-racism in Perinatal Practice (AAPP) Alliance


An Aboriginal-led initiative, the Australian Anti-racism in Perinatal Practice (AAPP) Alliance is a group comprising First Nations and non-Indigenous academic and industry experts with an interest in generating knowledge and action to improve First Nations women’s experiences and outcomes within the perinatal sector in Australia.

Members come from a range of social, cultural and professional backgrounds with areas of expertise including First Nations health and culture, public health, nursing and midwifery, community and clinical mental health, obstetrics, social work, health services research and health economics. We share a commitment to culturally safe, anti-racist health and social care practices, as well as First Nations self-determination, in perinatal service systems.

The Alliance is supported by the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Health in Preconception and Pregnancy (CRE HiPP).

The Alliance acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands we live and work on, and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise First Nations holders of maternity knowledge and wisdom, perinatal practitioners and all First Nations mothers, grandmothers and families.

For more information please contact Dr Rochelle Hine at or Karinda Taylor at

AAPP Alliance Members

Karinda Taylor

Wamba Wamba woman, CEO, First Peoples’ Health and Wellbeing

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Dr Jacinta Elston

Aboriginal woman from Townsville, Consultant

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Professor Bronwyn Fredericks

Murri woman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), The University of Queensland

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Sue-Anne Hunter

Wurundjeri and Ngurai Illum Wurrung woman

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Tracey Stephens

Kurnai woman, Aboriginal Midwifery Coordinator, Monash Health

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Dr Vicki Couzens

Gunditjmara woman, Vice Chancellors Indigenous Research Fellow, RMIT; Hissing Swan Arts, Artist Designer Curator Consultant

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Esmai Manahan

Yorta Yorta woman, National Leader, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Service Development, MacKillop Family Services

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Professor Helen Skouteris
Lead Mentor

Non-Indigenous woman, Director of CRE HiPP; Monash Warwick Professor in Health and Social Care Improvement and Implementation Science; Head of Health and Social Care Unit, Co-Lead of the Division of Evidence Synthesis, Qualitative and Implementation Methods, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

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Dr Rochelle Hine

Non-Indigenous woman, Lecturer, Monash Rural Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

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Dr Ruth DeSouza

Non-Indigenous woman, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, School of Art and Design, RMIT University

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Associate Professor Jacqueline Boyle

Non-Indigenous woman, NHMRC Career Development Fellow; Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Monash Health; Deputy Director of MCHRI, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University; Honorary appointment at the Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin

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Professor Emily Callander

Non-Indigenous woman, Head of Discipline for Health Services Management, School of Public Health, University of Technology Sydney

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Helen Cunningham

Non-Indigenous woman, Director of Clinical Innovation and Development , The Queen Elizabeth Centre

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Dr Robyn Miller

Non-Indigenous woman, CEO, MacKillop Family Services

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Dr Suzanne Willey

Non-Indigenous woman, Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University

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Kellie Wilton

Non-Indigenous woman, Principal Midwifery Officer, Australian College of Midwives

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Hine*, R., Krakouer*, J., Elston, J., Fredericks, B., Hunter, S-A., Taylor, K., Stephens, T., Couzens, V., Manahan, E., DeSouza, R., Boyle, J., Callander, E., Cunningham, H., Miller, R., Willey, S., Wilton, K., & Skouteris, H. (2022). Identifying and dismantling racism in Australian perinatal settings: Reframing the narrative from a risk lens to intentionally prioritise connectedness and strengths in providing care to First Nations families. Women and Birth. DOI:
* Joint first authors