Dr Mark J Lock

The Mongrel Researcher

I am a descendent of the Ngiyampaa people (a tribe of Australia’s First Peoples), English and Scottish Convicts on the First Fleet (the Lucas Clan), Latvian immigrants, and Australian free colonists. My grandmother, Marjorie Woodrow, encouraged me to become educated and make changes for Australia’s First Peoples, as I wrote in an award-winning article for the Medical Journal of Australia’s Dr Ross Ingram Memorial Prize.

“That’s why Mum and Dad called me a mongrel!” I quip in public forums, “It had nothing to do with my behaviour!” Now, I claim my Mongrel and own challenge the intersectional stigmas thrown at my about being white, Aboriginal, male, and a researcher.

(w)hite divided by (a)boriginal plus (m)ale multiplied by (r)esearcher divided by (c)ulture plus (i)ntersection equals the mongrel researcher

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 The Bright Sides of Assimilation – Embracing the positive consequences arising from adverse circumstances underpins an optimistic future.

In 2016, I founded Committix Pty Ltd, based on the importance of committees in the corporate governance of organisations and the value of engaging with employee voice for better knowledge gathering  into organisational decision making processes. The company is based on a research career focussed on the governance dimensions of public administration in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy.

PhD in Public Health (2004-2008). University of Melbourne. The Participation of Indigenous People in National Indigenous Health Policy Processes (see here).

Awarded Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Research Fellowship 2014-2016, total funding of $736,000. Aboriginal Voice Integration and Diffusion.

Master of Public Health (2003) Charles Darwin (Menzies School of Health Research). Aboriginal holism and Australian health policy (see here).

Bachelor of Science (hons) (1996) Deakin University. The Estimation of Skeletal Muscle Mass in Humans.

Prior career spanning 15 years in Aboriginal health as a health promotion officer, government policy officer, lecturer and researcher.


I am a leading advocate for transparency and accountability in the governance of Australian national nutrition policy and nutrition policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This advocacy is demonstrated through two Freedom of Information Applications that resulted in the release of 1) Scoping paper to develop Australia’s National Nutrition Policy, and 2) Review of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition Strategy and Action Plan 2000-2010. See the blogs below.

LinkedIn Blogs on Nutrition Governance

  1. Australia Snubs UN Decade of Action on Nutrition http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/australia-snubs-un-decade-action-nutrition-mark-lock?trk=mp-author-card
  2. Stewardship of Nutrition Governance – Invisible Stewards on Secret Committees http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stewardship-nutrition-governance-invisible-stewards-mark-lock?trk=mp-author-card
  3. Leadership in Nutrition Governance http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/leadership-nutrition-governance-mark-lock?trk=mp-author-card
  4. Governance in Nutrition Policy – who is accountable for the stalled development of the national nutrition policy? http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/governance-nutrition-policy-who-accountable-stalled-mark-lock?trk=mp-author-card
  5. Governance in National Nutrition Policy – FOI Request Highlights lack of Transparency https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/governance-national-nutrion-policy-foi-request-highlights-mark-lock?published=u

Publications – Peer-Reviewed

  1. Mark J.L., Amber L.S., Jill B., Jonathan R., Marissa S.E., Kathleen R., (2017). Voice of the Clinician: The Case of an Australian Health System. Journal of health organization and management. Vol.31(6):665-678. Available: https://doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-05-2017-0113. Accessed: 2017/11/13.
  2. Whalan S., Farnbach S., Volk L., Gwynn J., Lock M., Trieu K., Brimblecombe J., Webster J., (2017). What Do We Know About the Diets of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia? A Systematic Literature Review. Aust N Z J Public Health.n/a-n/a. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1753-6405.12721.
  3. Gwynn, J., M. Lock, N. Turner, R. Dennison, C. Coleman, B. Kelly and J. Wiggers (2015). “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community governance of health research: Turning principles into practice.” Aust J Rural Health 23(4): 235-242. Available: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ajr.12182
  4. Kelaher, M., H. Sabanovic, C. La Brooy, M. Lock, D. Lusher and L. Brown (2014). “Does more equitable governance lead to more equitable health care? A case study based on the implementation of health reform in Aboriginal health Australia.” Social Science & Medicine. Available: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953614004614
  5. Duncanson, K., Hills, A., Lock, M., & Collins, C. 2014. Nutraditions: Does a traditional worimi diet achieve the current Australian dietary guidelines? Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism, 1: 28. (Abstract). Available: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-nutrition-and-intermediary-metabolism/vol/1/suppl/C
  6. Lock, M. and L. Holt (2013). “Aboriginal leadership–Resilience as a key ingredient to social mobility for minority groups in colonial Australia.” WINHEC Journal 2013: 1-15. Available: http://winhec.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2013-WINHEC-Journal.pdf
  7. O’Brien, A. P., M. J. Bloomer, P. McGrath, K. Clark, T. Martin, M. Lock, T. Pidcock, P. van der Riet, M. O’Connor and A. O. B. M. B. Pam (2013). “Considering Aboriginal palliative care models: the challenges for mainstream services.” Rural Remote Heal 13: 2339. Available: http://dro.deakin.edu.au/eserv/DU:30082176/bloomer-consideringaboriginal-2013.pdf
  8. Kelaher, M., Sabanovic, H., LaBrooy, C., Lock, M., & Brown, L. 2013. Can shared governance lead to better service integration? International Journal of Integrated Care. (Abstract) Available: https://www.ijic.org/articles/abstract/10.5334/ijic.1465/
  9. Lock, M. J. 2012. The Bright Sides of Assimilation. Med J Aust, 197, 417-8. Available: https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2012/197/7/bright-sides-assimilation
  10. Mark J Lock, David P Thomas, Ian P Anderson, Philippa Pattison, (2011) Indigenous participation in an informal national Indigenous health policy network. Australian Health Review 35(309-315). Available: http://www.publish.csiro.au/ah/AH09812
  11. Lutschini, M. (2005). “Engaging with holism in Australian Aboriginal health policy-a review.” Australian and New Zealand Health Policy 2(15). [Note my name change from Lutschini to Lock] Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1187865/
  12. LS Piers, B Diffey, MJ Soares, SL Frandsen, LM McCormack, MJ Lutschini, and K O’Dea.  1997 “The validity of predicting the basal metabolic rate of young Australian men and women”, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 51, 333-337. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9152685

Publications – Non-peer reviewed

  1. Lock, M. (2016). Governance issues. The Health Advocate, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Feb 2016: 20.
  2. Lock, M. J. (2015). “Promoting better food and nutrition for Australia’s first peoples.” Nutridate 26(2): 2.
  3. Edited and compiled by Mark Lock – Charles Perkins Centre Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nutrition and Physical Activity Node (2016). Food and Nutrition: The Gap in Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Proceedings of the seminar held 30 September, 2015 at the Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney.
  4. Lock, M. and J. Doggett. (2015). “Shame and disgrace in the governance of food and nutrition policy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.”   Retrieved 22 Sept, 2015, from http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2015/07/01/shame-and-disgrace-in-the-governance-of-food-and-nutrition-policy-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples/.
  5. Lock, M. (2015). “Strong statements from hurt hearts and sad voices – review of The Intervention-An Anthology.”  Retrieved 6 October, 2016, from https://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2015/06/28/read-and-listen-to-the-hurt-hearts-and-sad-voices-in-this-new-book-the-intervention-an-anthology/
  6. Lock, M. (2007). Aboriginal Holistic Health: A Critical Review. Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health Discussion Paper Series: No.2. Darwin.

Acknowledgement for reviewing articles

  1. Gould, G. S., L. C. Stevenson, Y. Cadet-James and A. R. Clough (2016). “Cultural challenges when developing anti-tobacco messages for Indigenous Australians.”Health Promotion International. (Health Promot Int)
  2. Browne, J., K. Adams and P. Atkinson (2016). Food and nutrition programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: what works to keep people healthy and strong? Deeble Institute Issues Brief no. 17. Canberra.