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Our Students

Our Students


Mayi Kuwayu encourages and supports the development of students through continuing education at a postgraduate level.
Our current students include:

Makayla-May Brinckley

PhD scholar


Makayla is a Wiradjuri woman with family ties to Cootamundra, NSW.

After graduating from Psychology Honours from the ANU in 2019, she worked as a research assistant in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program in the Research School of Population Health. Makayla is now completing her PhD on knowledge translation with the Mayi Kuwayu Study.

Makayla is passionate about holistic health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Leonie Williamson

Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology scholar


Leonie is a descendent of the Butchulla and Gubbi Gubbi people of south-east Queensland on her father’s side and north-west Queensland on her Mother’s side.

Leonie has resided in Canberra on beautiful Ngunnawal Land for a number of years. She has extensive experience working in Indigenous policy and programs for both government and Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander organisations. Policy areas she has been involved in include truth telling, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control and leadership, and the cultural determinants of health and wellbeing. All of which has driven an interest for Leonie to better understanding health and wellbeing research and data, and the role it can play in changing the way policy conversations and decisions are made.

Alyson Wright

PhD scholar


Kirsty Nichols

Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology scholar