Dr Rona Macniven specialises in physical activity, sport, injury prevention, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and public health research and is based at the School of Population Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Her research examines physical health and social and emotional wellbeing and the impact of physical activity and sport across the lifespan, particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has published over 35 peer-reviewed journals articles, the majority as lead author as well as several book chapters and commissioned reports.
Rona co-ordinates research on programs and randomised controlled trials and leads other epidemiological and community evaluation research studies in collaboration with multiple academic institutions and community groups, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.
Dr Macniven has undertaken consultancy work and secondment placements within large Australian NGOs to translate research into practice and holds appointments at Macquarie University and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney.