CQU - Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research
Katrina Rutherford is a researcher at the Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research at Central Queensland University. She is a teacher who has worked in the education sector for the past 19 years with extensive experience in remote Indigenous communities across primary, secondary and adult education. Katrina is a strong advocate for equitable access to education and has a keen interest in the development of social ecologies which promote and sustain the resilience and wellbeing of Indigenous youth. For the past 8 years Katrina has supported students and families from Cape York who, due to limited access in their home communities, have transitioned to secondary boarding schools. This includes her current involvement in a CQUniversity research project aimed at improving the pyschosocial resilience and wellbeing of remote Cape York and Palm Island students attending boarding schools. Katrina is also undertaking her PhD studies exploring the post-schooling transitions of Indigenous boarding school graduates from remote communities.