Bobby Whybrow is a Wiradjuri man born and raised on country in Albury, NSW. He joined the Kirby Institute as research officer in August 2020 to work on two qualitative Aboriginal health research studies. The first, entitled “Girinyalanha Giilang, learning from regional Aboriginal young people about sexual health in Murrumbidgee Local Health District”, explores young Aboriginal people’s experiences and perceptions of sexual health care for STIs and BBVs in MLHD. The second is a national qualitative study exploring issues related to preventing STIs and BBVs among young Aboriginal people of diverse sexualities and genders, including Sistergirls and Brotherboys, which aims to inform the development of sexual health promotion and service delivery strategies.
Bobby has 15 years’ experience working in Aboriginal health, justice, education and arts in NSW and VIC with a focus on sexual health, harm reduction and public health practice. He completed his Master of Public Health at UNSW Sydney in 2020, and the Aboriginal Population Health Traineeship Initiative (APHTI) with the Ministry of Health based at Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) Public Health Unit in Albury between 2017-2020. He has worked at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) as the Sexual Health & Blood Borne Virus Project Officer where he provided support and education to 28 Aboriginal Medical Services across Victoria, assisted in implementing the Needle and Syringe Exchange Program (NSP) and delivered LGBTQ awareness training. His work with VACCHO also included contributing to research studies such as The Goanna Survey (2011, with The Kirby Institute) and the Koori Prisoner Mental Health and Cognitive Function Study (2013, with Monash University).
Bobby’s research interests include social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the social aspects of sexual health and sexual health promotion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a focus on LGBTQ populations across Australia.