Dr David Coombs

Research Consultant


David has a PhD in Indigenous Studies from the University of New South Wales (2020), a Master of Research from Macquarie University (2015) and a Bachelor of International Studies also from UNSW (2010). His PhD research focused on Indigenous health policy in Australia and was conducted with representatives from Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in NSW. David also has a deep interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education policy.

Artwork: Rene Kulitja, 'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019)


David has taught public policy, politics and Indigenous studies to undergraduate and postgraduate students at both UNSW and Macquarie University. Most recently he ran a course on policy and digital activism. He has also worked as a Spanish interpreter and as an English language teacher in Spain.

Recent publications


David volunteered with the Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation in Mt Druitt from 2017 to 2019 and has an ongoing affiliation with the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs unit at UNSW. He cherishes his personal and professional connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations.

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All professional photography is by Jamie James at James Photographic Services.

The painting  'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019) by Rene Kulitja has been used under license in the firm photographs on the TJC website homepage, staff profiles and careers page. See Maruku Arts for more work by Rene Kulitja.

The visual artwork ‘Freshwater Lagoon 1’ by Lisa Michl Ko-manggen has been used under license in some photographs and videos. See Cape York Art for more work by Ko-manggen.

The painting ‘My Country’ by Bibi Barba has been used under license in some photographs and Law Way videos. Visit her website to see more.

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