Staff Information

Photo of Jillian Marsh
Associate Consultant
Yuraartu [Adnyamathanha woman]
Naarm (Melbourne)

Dr. Jillian Marsh is a multidisciplinary early career researcher and Adnyamathanha community linguist who has travelled and worked in various locations across Australia, predominantly in the higher education and research sector as well as in school-based settings (both primary and secondary Aboriginal Education). She graduated as a doctoral scholar in 2011, and currently lectures in Education and Planetary Health at Victoria University in Naarm [Melbourne]. In addition to teaching, Jillian’s academic role includes supervising PhD candidates and actively participating in improving academic engagement with Indigenous critical methodologies and Indigenous research ethics.

Jillian has a distinguished academic track record. She has previously worked as Research Fellow with the Department of Rural Health of the University of South Australia, and with the Rural Clinical School of Flinders University, coordinating the Flexible Pathways in Health project. She has long experience in fieldwork, literature reviews and publications in the area of Aboriginal health and wellbeing, and Aboriginal Education.

From October 2016 to January 2018 Jillian held the role of Director of the Graduate School at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. In this role she provided research leadership to the Institute and administered all aspects of Graduate School business. Jillian also previously lectured and held the role of Graduate Studies Coordinator at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University. Jillian is strongly committed to facilitating greater understandings of Indigenous knowledges, Indigenous methodologies and Critical Research Theory within Universities and the wider community particularly in the area of research, scholarship and culturally appropriate community engagement. 

Jillian worked with Lirata on the evaluation of the RMLA Girls Academy Program and worked as an independent consultant with VACCA.


2018-current Advanced Masters in Cultural Heritage and Archaeology, Flinders University
2011 Doctor of Philosophy (Geographical and Environmental Studies), University of Adelaide
1997 Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies), University of South Australia


Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies, La Trobe University
Member: Australian Evaluation Society
Lecturer – Indigenous Perspectives and Standpoints in Education, Victoria University

Key service areas



Program review


Community development
Culture and arts
Education and training
Primary health

Population groups

First Nations people

Working with Lirata

- current