My Story

Ngiyampaa – First Nations Australian

I am a descendent of the Ngiyampaa people (a tribe of First Nations Australians), English and Scottish Convicts on the First Fleet (the Lucas Clan), Latvian immigrants, and Australian free colonists. My grandmother, Marjorie Woodrow (1926-2016), encouraged me to become educated and make changes for First Nations Australians, as I wrote in an award-winning article for the Medical Journal of Australia’s Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Prize. I was born in 1969 in Dubbo on Wiradjuri Country. I’m a 53 year old house husband with two kids, an awesome inspiring wife, and four dogs.


Nan (Marjorie Woodrow) on the far left, former Premier of NSW Mr Robert Carr (next to Nan holder her book), former Premier of NSW Mr Barrie Unsworth, and Ms Diane Decker (far right) who wrote “Long Time Coming Home” with Nan. This picture is from 2001 (Nan passed away in 2016).


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Indigenous Cultural Identity of Research Authors Standard (ICIRAS)

Improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples worldwide requires high quality research evidence. The philosophy of cultural safety supports the purposeful positioning of Indigenous peoples within the kaleidoscope of cultural knowledges as identified contributors and authors of research evidence. The ICIRAS is a call-to-action for research journals and institutions to rigorously improve publication governance that signals “Editing with IndigenUs and for IndigenUs”.

Lock, M. J., McMillan, F., Warne, D., Bennett, B., Kidd, J., Williams, N., Martire, J. L., Worley, P., Hutten-Czapski, P., Saurman, E., Mathews, V., Walke, E., Edwards, D., Owen, J., Browne, J., & Roberts, R. (2022). Indigenous Cultural Identity of Research Authors Standard: research and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in rural health journals. Rural and Remote Health22(3), 7646. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH7646

Lock (Ngiyampaa), M. J., McMillan (Wiradjuri), F., Warne (Oglala Lakota), D., Bennett (Gamilaraay), B., Kidd (Ngāpuhi), J., Williams (Bkejwanong), N., Martire, J. L., Worley, P., Hutten-Czapski, P., Saurman, E., Matthews (Quandamooka), V., Walke (Bundjalung), E., Edwards Worimi, D., Owen (Nurrunga and Ngarrendjeri), J., Browne, J., & Roberts, R. (2022). ICIRAS: Research and reconciliation with indigenous peoples in rural health journals. The Australian Journal of Rural Health30(4), 550–558. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12905

Lock (Ngiyampaa), M. J., McMillan (Wiradjuri), F., Warne (Oglala Lakota), D., Bennett (Gamilaraay), B., Kidd (Ngāpuhi), J., Williams (Bkejwanong), N., Martire, J. L., Worley, P., Hutten-Czapski, P., Saurman, E., Matthews (Quandamooka), V., Walke (Bundjalung), E., Edwards Worimi, D., Owen (Nurrunga and Ngarrendjeri), J., Browne, J., & Roberts, R. (2022). Indigenous cultural identity of research authors standard: Research and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in rural health journals. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine27(3), 104–110. https://doi.org/10.4103/cjrm.cjrm_25_22

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