Ms Mary-Jane Heron

Research Officer

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (RMIT University)

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Mary-Jane Heron joined NCIS as a Research Officer in February 2017 to assist on the research project Reframing Discourse and Changing the Narrative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing: An Analysis. She is also studying for a Master of Public Policy degree with Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU.


Mary-Jane has over ten years' community development experience, with a particular focus on nutrition, health and wellbeing. She has also worked in care coordination and case management roles, working with those seeking asylum and with people with a disability and their families to remain living in the community.

Scholarly interests

In addition to Indigenous concepts of wellbeing, Mary-Jane has particular interest in urban design and planning and how vernacular architecture can contribute to sustainable and culturally appropriate designs in rapidly urbanising Pacific island nations. She is also interested in the interaction of space and how the design of a space can affect health and wellbeing.

Her fields of interest within NCIS include

  • Policy, development and engagement
  • Social determinants of a healthy life
  • Education and knowledge
  • Representation and identity.

Updated:  9 February 2017/ Responsible Officer:  NCIS Project Coordinator/ Page Contact:  NCIS Administrative Officer