- Indigenous Health & Wellbeing
- Health Promotion
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Indigenous Research
- Rural and Remote Health
- Indigenous health & wellbeing
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth health promotion
- Health policy – indigenous school settings
- Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in university curriculum
Melody Muscat has a background in health promotion and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. Before joining the University of the Sunshine Coast, Ms. Muscat was employed in an academic role with the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at James Cook University for 7 years. Her roles included Course Coordinator/Lecturer for Indigenous Health in undergraduate and Master of Public Health programs, as well as coordinating/lecturing into rural and remote health, health promotion and qualitative research methods courses. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. Muscat was a senior research fellow with the Griffith Indigenous Research Unit. Professionally, Ms. Muscat was a health promotion Project Officer with Drug Arm Australia and Cancer Council Queensland. Her role was to design, implement and evaluate programs to support maternal smoking cessation amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Ms. Muscat is currently completing her PhD (College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at James Cook University with Prof. David Plummer and Dr. Roxanne Bainbridge [CQU]. Her PhD explored the development of model for co-designing and alternate reality games, as a participatory health promotion approach, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in a school setting. Her current research interests include examination of the intersection between health and education service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in school settings; pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth into health science degrees; developing innovative strengths based approaches to teaching and learning for Aboriginal and Torres Islander wellbeing in universities; and embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge’s and perspectives in a regional university setting.