Ms Summer May Finlay (CSCA, TAE, BSocSC and MPHA) is a Yorta Yorta woman who grew up in Lake Macquarie near Newcastle. Summer has extensive experience in social marketing, social media, communications and Aboriginal health research and policy.
Summer is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of South Australia. She is currently an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research consultant on #chatsafe with Orygen and is a Research Assistant on a NHMRC funded project with Canberra University. Once her PHD is submitted she will be a post-doctoral researcher on the project with the University of Canberra.
She currently works for Croakey.org in a number of capacities, including as a contributing editor, and formally as a member of the #IHMayDay, #JustJustice and #JustClimate projects, and has reported for the Croakey Conference News Service which includes live tweeting. She also writes for NITV and has written for the Guardian Australia and IndigenousX. Summer has also worked in a variety of different capacities with a variety of organisations across the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector, not-for profit, university and for profit sectors.
She is currently the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President for the Public Health Association of Australia and was previously the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Group Co-Convener. She is also the Co-Vice Chair of the World Federation of Public Health Associations Indigenous Working Group. She is also a member of a Aboriginal youth suicide prevention not for profit board; Cultural Choice Association.