Researcher biography

Shea Spierings is a Gaangalu man from Central Queensland. Shea is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow investigating COVID-19 health messaging in Indigenous communities, health systems, health governance, and Aboriginal men’s health. Shea’s PhD research utilised both Indigenous and mainstream qualitative conceptual and methodological tools to unpack Aboriginal men’s stories to highlight the complex intersection between the criminalisation of Indigeneity, Aboriginal masculinity, and Aboriginal health. Shea has previously worked in the Indigenous Community Controlled Health Sector and has served as a Deadly Choices Ambassador. He is currently a Non-Executive Director for the Sunshine Coast Health Network. In 2015 Shea was appointed by the Australian Government to serve as the Australian Youth Delegate to the United Nations (UN). Before becoming the Australian Youth Delegate to the UN, Shea worked in various policy and community development roles, and in the construction industry.