Professor Ernest Hunter trained in adult, child and cross-cultural psychiatry in the USA, after undertaking doctoral research in the Kimberley. He subsequently published his book Aboriginal Health and History: Power and Prejudice in Remote Australia (Cambridge University Press, 1993).
Ernest has worked in the Indigenous communities of Cape York and the Torres Strait as a Regional Psychiatrist (Queensland Health) and Foundation Chair of Mental Health/Public Health (University of Queensland). As an Adjunct Professor at the Cairns Institute (JCU), he remains active in capacity-building in the Western Pacific. When not kayaking, he lives on the beach in Cairns and has recently fused his professional and paddling interests in a historical novel set against the history and characters of Far North Queensland – Vicarious dreaming: With Jack Idriess on Madman’s Island (ETT, 2019).