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Associate Professor Sheree Cairney

30 May 2018

Sheree Cairney is a Neuroscientist who has spent two decades leading research and innovation projects in Aboriginal communities in the most remote parts of Australia. Her research has shed light on the transformation of brain and behaviour that happens-with petrol sniffing, alcohol and other drugs – and led to ground-breaking clinical evidence the brain can repair itself if substance abuse stops early enough. Currently an Associate Professor at Flinders University, she has published over 50 scientific articles, and produced creative and digital learning tools, and psychosocial screening instruments that are used across the country. Her science and innovation stories have been told on national media, and informed policy, education curriculum, rehabilitation programs and national clinical guidelines. She has led ‘The Interplay Project’ for 7 years with the aim of developing an Aboriginal wellbeing framework from the ground up to represent Aboriginal cultural values to policy. Sheree is passionate about bringing together people and ideas to inspire and create change through integrating science, culture, art, business and policy.