Researcher biography

Sophie Hickey is a mixed-methods researcher with a strong research interest in social inequalities in health. Dr Hickey's PhD thesis was on the social factors and health issues of a small group of Aboriginal people born in Brisbane who are part of the Mater-University Study of Pregnancy. This thesis explored the methodological and epistemological challenges with how Aboriginal identities are imagined, constructed, and treated within current public health research. Dr Hickey has previously worked on a nation-wide investigation into the use patterns of regular drug users and the illicit drug market, funded by the Commonwealth Government. Her current role as Research Officer at the Mater Research Institute is to provide overarching coordination of the NHMRC-funded research project - the Indigenous Birthing in an Urban Setting Study. The project is a joint collaboration between The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH), the Mater Health Service (MHS), and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS), Brisbane. It aims to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, sustainability and cost-effectiveness of best practice maternity care services in South East Queensland for women having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies, with the overarching aim to work in partnership to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal and infant health outcomes.