Achieving health equity


The burden of disease falls unevenly in populations, our research seeks to decrease these health inequalities.

These disparities are visible in Australia and throughout the world, including Indigenous populations, and many people living in low and middle income countries.

These groups are disproportionately affected by infectious and chronic diseases, lack of services, conflict and natural disasters.

Our research covers studies measuring occurrence of behavioural risk factor and disease, the social and cultural causes of health inequalities,   testing interventions to reduce behavioural risk factors and improve disease control, and evaluations of health services and emergency responses. 


Academic staff

Professional staff

  • Executive Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program
  • Mayi Kuwayu Study Manager - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program

Visiting staff



Project Status
(S)WASH-D for WORMS Completed
A Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of Implementation of ‘The Patient Enablement Model’     Current
A systematic review of the literature examining the relative efficacy of peridischarge strategies to reduce unplanned 30-day readmission rates after knee and hip arthroplasty Current
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and tobacco control Current
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chronic disease management models Potential
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural determinants of health and wellbeing Potential
Absolute Risk Approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cardiovascular Disease Current
Addressing the hour-glass ceiling: New case for action on gender equality Current
Ageing Health and Wellbeing in China and India Completed
Ageing-in-Place for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Current
Anaemia among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and women in Australia: Assessing risk factors and control strategy Current
Barriers to and enablers of participating in the NBCSP among migrant Current
Building capacity for evidence-based health development in Indonesia Current
Bushfire smoke and health protection Current
Cancer survivorship Potential
Cancer survivorship: large-scale data on person-centred outcomes Current
Cardiovascular disease: risk factors, outcomes and prevention. Current
Centre of Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing (CREMA) Current
Chronic disease and healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including tobacco Current
Comparative performance of migrant vs non-migrant doctors in OECD countries: a systematic review Current
Conquering schistosomiasis in China – the last mile (QIMR) Current
CVD risk, prevention and implementation Current
Developing methods to measure and monitor health inequalities using large-scale, linked data Current
Developing new measures of socioeconomic status for practice and policy Current
Developing technologies to support patients’ transition from acute to primary care: enabling orthopaedic patients and preventing unplanned 30-day readmissions.    Current
Does environmental change drive the spatiotemporal transmission dynamics of Echinococcus spp. in Ningxia, China? Current
Effectiveness of interventions for the prevention and treatment of early childhood lower respiratory tract infections/pneumonia in low income countries Potential
Enhancing chronic disease screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Current
Experiences and impacts of discrimination among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults in Australia Current
Exploring the Potential of Justice Reinvestment in Cowra - Community Report Completed
Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children Current
Identifying determinants of childhood primary health care coverage and uptake in humanitarian crises Potential
Improving stated preference methods for measuring health gains in vulnerable populations for use in economic evaluation Current
Large-scale data to improve Aboriginal child health: seeding success and beyond Completed
Measuring inequalities in mortality Current
Measuring the financial burden of tuberculosis in the Asia-Pacific region Current
Migrants and Health system literacy Current
MS service availablity and patterns of care in the ACT region Current
Multiple causes of death and their contribution to population attributable fractions Potential
Multiple imputation algorithms for dealing with longitudinal panel data Potential
Nutrition in rural Bali and Central Java Current
Outcomes of primary healthcare use for depression and anxiety Completed
Pharmacoepidemiology and chronic disease Current
Reducing family violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Current
Risk factors for malnutrition in resource-poor countries Potential
Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) seeks regular medical and public health students to conduct research on a range of public health and aeromedical/emergency medicine topics. Completed
Sleep quality rating and mental health Current
Smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults: health impacts, associated factors, and trends over time Current
Smoking and health: large scale data on important outcomes Current
Social engagement and workforce participation among cancer survivors Potential
Social security systems in relation to healthcare cost and utilisation, health status, and health behaviours in different populations in China and Australia Current
Social, cultural and health service determinants of adolescent family planning uptake in humanitarian crises Potential
Stated preference methods for exploring health preference and decision making heterogeneity in complex health interventions and decisions Current
Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health Current
Surveillance and Monitoring to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis from the Samoan Islands Completed
Systematic review of Bayesian network decision support tools in clinical medicine and/or public health Completed
Tackling Indigenous Smoking Current
Thai Health-Risk Transition Project Current
The Australian tuberculosis risk factor survey Current
The effect of goals on participation of exercise and nutrition programs Current
The effectiveness, acceptability and cost effectiveness of the 'BALatrine' Current
The Magic Glasses Research Programme Current
Understanding information needs about COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination program among migrants in Australia Current
Variation in CVD risk, incidence, care and outcomes Current
Variation in fatal burden of disease, preventive CVD care and end-of-life care Current
WASH for WORMS Current
Work characteristics, major life events, shocks to health, sleep quality and mental health Current
Work, nutrition, sleep, exercise inequality, and health outcomes Current
Working longer, staying healthy and keeping productive Current
Working time and type of work, and impact on workers' sleep Current