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Dr Oli Meredith (she/they) is an autistic and ADHD non-binary woman, originally from England, living on Ngunnawal land.

Dr Oli's research focusses on the lived experiences of women, people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), neurodiverse and First Nations peoples and the barriers and affordances to healthcare, self-care and physical activity.

They are currently leading a project entitled Hiding or Thriving: The Lived Experiences and Coping Strategies of of Women and NonBinary People with ADHD for which they have been awarded a Early Career Researcher Grant (25k). They are also  involved in research on the impact of sport and physical activity in regional areas; a regional women's health study; a study on the experiences of female referees in football (soccer) and a (UTS) study on neurodiverse students' experiences in higher education.

Dr Oli enjoys international and national cross-institutional collaboration as well as working closely with industry experts and partners. Their Hiding and Thriving project is supported, for example, by ADHD Australia.

Dr Oli has a PhD in Public Health (2021) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Their research formed part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project. The thesis examined the health service use and self-care (including CAM use and physical activity) of older Australian women with sleeping problems. As well as health and epidemiology, they have research experience in history, sociology and politics and were awarded BA double honours degrees (2000) and a MA degree (2002) from the University of London, UK.

Dr Oli has taught a variety of subjects such as public health, research methods; the social determinants of health; Indigenous sport, identity and culture; sports media; work place learning and exercise, health and disease. 

Dr Oli has worked and researched in a variety of international contexts. From 2007-2009, they worked in Phnom Penh for The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS)-in partnership with Pannasastra University-as well as other conflict transformation NGOs in Cambodia. There they undertook qualitative research in South East Asia, primarily Myanmar. As a qualified teacher, they also first taught yoga and mindfulness in Phnom Penh, where they became interested in its transformative capacity for mental and physical health. They have collaborated on research projects with academics from USA, UK, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Public Health, PhD, The health service use and self-care of Australian women with sleeping problems, University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 14 Apr 2021

Modern History of Science, Politics and Sociology, MA: Modern Power, Culture and Society, The response of the left to Darwinism in Victorian Britain, Royal Holloway, University of London

Award Date: 10 Sept 2001

Modern and Economic History and Politics, BA Double Honours, Royal Holloway, University of London

Award Date: 16 Oct 2000

Subject keywords

  • Self-care
  • LGBTIQ+
  • Women
  • Helth services
  • First Nations
  • Gender
  • Physical activity
  • Exercise
  • Sport
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • neurodiversity
  • CAM
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Sleep

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