Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

Poche Research Fellows

Dr Sandy Hamilton

Poche research fellow

Dr Sandy Hamilton is the WACRH Poche Research Fellow of the UWA Poche Centre with a focus on health service interventions for better prevention and management of chronic disease for Aboriginal people. Sandy is an experienced registered nurse who undertook her nursing training in New Zealand where there was a high focus on cultural safety in the delivery of health care. She has many years of experience working as a research nurse and completed her PhD through the University of Western Australia. She has extensive experience in cardiology, cardiovascular prevention and cardiovascular and diabetes research.  Since 2011 Sandy has worked as an academic and researcher at the West Australian Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) in Geraldton.

Sandy has a strong commitment to the prevention and management of chronic disease, including self-management, health promotion, health service research and effective knowledge exchange (research translation) for Aboriginal people.  Her research interests have been focused on primary and secondary cardiovascular prevention including cardiac rehabilitation, family health history, and research translation. She is working in collaboration with the Heart Foundation undertaking a scoping consultation with a view to improving access to cardiac rehabilitation services for Aboriginal people in the Pilbara. In her role as the Poche Fellow, Sandy will extending her focus to other chronic diseases, particularly cancer and work towards health service strengthening for improved access and for Aboriginal people around chronic disease. .


Carolyn Moylan

Poche research fellow

Carolyn Moylan is a Nyungar woman from the Wajuk (Perth) area and her family connections are the Southwest Minang area and the Wheatbelt Balardung area. She is married with two children and seven grandchildren and is an active member of the Aboriginal community and participates in a variety of cultural events. Carolyn was employed at Curtin in the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) for 15 years as the manager of the Indigenous Pre-tertiary Courses and concurrently from 2000-2003 she also managed the Associate Degree in Aboriginal Art and the Associate Degree in Science and Technology. Carolyn has participated in and facilitated cultural awareness workshops for Kallip over a number of years.

Carolyn’s research background began in 2006 when she began her Doctorates of Creative Arts studies and her interest in writing a book. During this time Carolyn worked as a State Research Assistant on the AustLit website, developing the ‘BlackWords’ subset which is a section dedicated to Indigenous writers and storytellers. She returned to her PhD studies part-time in 2012-13 and in the past year Carolyn has been employed as an Aboriginal Researcher by the Telethon Institute in Child Health Research on the WANDAS Project and at Edith Cowan University on the MIRIPS Australia: Pilot Study. She was also employed as an Aboriginal Consultant on the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Project in the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. 


Chontarle Bellottie

Poche research fellow

Chontarle Bellottie is a Wardandi woman from the South West of Western Australia.  Chontarle has lived in the Midwest region for the last 7 years and has grown to love Yamtaji country. Her husband, a Mulgana man from Shark Bay and their three children are saltwater people and spend much of their time in or on the ocean.

Chontarle has extensive experience in community consultation working for various government agencies, training and education providers and as a private consultant in Aboriginal cultural heritage and interpretation. Over the past 15years she has worked in the fields of tourism, sport & recreation, conservation and land management.

Chontarle is currently completing her degree in Health Sciences externally through Deakin University. She has a keen interest in improving the health outcomes for Aboriginal people in rural and remote communities.

Chontarle’s professional interests include health promotion and preventative health, public health research, dietetics, nutrition and traditional holistic health and wellbeing.