Associate Professor Lisa Whop

PhD (Epidemiology), CDU, MAppEpi, ANU, BMedSc, QUT
Senior Research Fellow


Associate Professor Lisa Whop is a Torres Strait Islander NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow and epidemiologist. She is Australia’s leading authority on cervical cancer control in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Her research program focuses on cervical cancer control (screening and vaccination) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. She is Chief investigator on the Centre for Research Excellence on Targeted Approaches To Improve Cancer Services (TACTICS) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians where so co-leads the Prevention and Screening stream and Principal Investigator on an ARC Discovery Indigenous grant focused on understanding the modifiable factors that influence uptake and completion of HPV vaccination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents.  She brings research experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, creating meaningful ways of engagement and community empowerment within an Indigenist research approach to direct her program. She has special interests in achieving equity by process and outcomes in epidemiology, vaccine preventable disease and translation of research into policy and practice.


Research interests

  • Equity focused research
  • Cervical cancer prevention
  • Health systems
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health



  1. Butler TL, Anderson K, CondonJR, Garvey G, Brotherton JML, Cunningham J, Tong A, Moore SP, Maher CM, Mein JK, Warren EF, Whop LJ. (2020) IndigenousAustralian women’s experiences of participation in cervical screening. PLoS ONE 15(6):e0234536. 10.1371/journal.pone.0234536
  2. Bond C & Whop LJ (2020) The answer to Indigenous vulnerability to coronavirus: a more equitable public health agenda. The Conversation.
  3. Bond C, Whop LJ, Drummond A (2019) The Blackfulla Test: 11 reasons that Indigenous health research grant/publication should be rejected. IndigenousX
  4. Whop LJ (2019) When numbers and stories collide – the fight for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. IndigenousX.
  5. Brotherton, J. M., K. L. Winch, G. Chappell, C. Banks, D. Meijer, S. Ennis, K. Peterson, R. Webby and L. J. Whop (2019). "HPV vaccination coverage and course completion rates for Indigenous Australian adolescents, 2015." Med J Aust.
  6. Whop LJ, Cunningham J, Garvey G, Condon JR (2019). Towards global elimination of cervical cancer in all groups of women. Lancet Oncoloy.
  7. Whop, L. J., Baade, P., Garvey, G., et al. Inequalities in time to clinical investigation after a high-grade abnormal Pap smear between Indigenous women and non-Indigenous women in Queensland, 2000-2009. Medical Journal of Australia. 2017
  8. Whop LJ, Garvey G, Baade P, et al. The first comprehensive report on Indigenous Australian women’s inequalities in cervical screening: a retrospective registry cohort study in Queensland, Australia (2000-2011). Cancer. 2016
  9. Whop LJ, Baade P, Garvey G, et al. Cervical abnormalities are more common among Indigenous than other Australian women: a retrospective record-linkage study, 2000-2011. PLOSOne. 2016
  10. Whop LJ, Diaz A, Baade P, et al. Using probabilistic record linkage methods to identify Australian Indigenous women on the Queensland Pap Smear Register: the National Indigenous Cervical Screening Project. BMJ Open. 2016;6(2):e009540.