Researcher biography

Dr Akbar has extensive experience in community development research and teaching and has contributed to the Australian and International higher education sector. Dr Akbar's teaching and research are shaping how Indigenous knowledge is used to address the health inequities and social determinants of health of First Nations Peoples including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori & Pasifika (Pacific Islander) communities through co-designed solutions with the communities, and integrating community participatory action research and Indigenous perspectives and knowledge systems with social justice principles to promote equitable health and wellbeing. Heena's research serves to address the social, cultural and economic burden of chronic conditions through a strength-based approach and impact policy development that translates to better health outcomes for First Nations peoples, particularly Māori & Pasifika peoples in Australia and Internationally.