Courtney Ryder


PhD Student

BSc BEng (Biomed) (Hons)

Courtney Ryder is a PhD student in the Injury Division at The George Institute.

Her studies are part of the Coolamon study, understanding burn injuries in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: treatment, access to services and outcomes. For which she has a NHMRC postgraduate scholarship to investigate the trajectory of recovery, quality of life, parental resilience and economic impacts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families whose children are recovering from a burns injury. She is also a CI for on the NHMRC funded study, preventing falls in older Aboriginal people: the Ironbark trial. Ryder is seen as an emerging research leader in Aboriginal injury and rehabilitation, with a keen interest on equitable health outcomes for communities.

Prior to commencing her studies, Courtney worked academically, where she has over a decade’s experience in Aboriginal health education. She holds a lecturer position at Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity in the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University and an academic appointment at the Rural Clinical School in the Faculty of Medicine for the University of Queensland.