Dr Simone Nalatu has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities much of her life. First in her PhD work, then with Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC). Hailing from a Fijian family, Simone knows a thing or two about of the role of culture, ceremony, tradition and values.
Simone’s PhD was focused on understanding the health and wellbeing factors influencing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the period immediately following childbirth. What she found was universal: that women everywhere are driven by deep instincts to mother first—often even at the expense of their own health and wellbeing. That regardless of cultural or social-economic factors, happy mum, generally means happy baby.