Researcher

Dr Kalinda Griffiths

My Expertise

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research; Population level data and linked-data; Health equity; Cancer epidemiology; Data governance  

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Epidemiology, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

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Biography

Kalinda is an early career Scientia Lecturer at the Centre for Big Data Research at UNSW and holds honorary positions at Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Melbourne. Kalinda is an epidemiologist who has worked in the research sector in a number of roles for over 20 years. Her interest is in empirically addressing complex health disparities in populations through existing data. Her research currently addresses issues of...view more

Kalinda is an early career Scientia Lecturer at the Centre for Big Data Research at UNSW and holds honorary positions at Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Melbourne. Kalinda is an epidemiologist who has worked in the research sector in a number of roles for over 20 years. Her interest is in empirically addressing complex health disparities in populations through existing data. Her research currently addresses issues of quality and the utilisation of data pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her areas of focus include the measurement of health disparities, with a particular focus on cancer and Indigenous Data Governance.


My Grants

Kalinda is chief investigator on several nationally competitive grants including: 

  1. Bradley C, Ward J, Bickerstaffe A, Marshall H, Guy R, Pearson O, Jacups S, Griffiths K, Cadet-James Y. Medical Research Futures Fund. Improving surveillance infrastructure for Indigenous primary health care. $1,998,000.
  2. Garvey G, Eades S, Anderson P, Brown A et al. National Health and Medical Research Council. National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers. 2021; $10million.
  3. Griffiths K & Abbey Diaz. Cardiovascular Research Network & National Heart Foundation. Developing a cardiovascular risk assessment tool for people with cancer: analysis of a linked administrative dataset of the New South Wales 45 and Up Cohort. 2021-2022; $25,000.
  4. Smith Vaughan H, Griffiths K, Marsh R, Mayo M. Perpetual - Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award. Ramaciotti Centre for Excellence in Building Regional and Remote Biomedical Capability. 2019-2023; $1,000,000.  
  5. Houston S, Perdue S, Griffiths K, Watts S. Commonwealth of Australia. Development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Medical Workforce Plan (the Workforce Plan). 2019-2020. $217,382.
  6. Miller P, Smith J, Livingston M, Guthridge S, Whyte C, Boffa J, Paradies Y, Griffiths K, Chikritzhs T, Room R, Mayshak R, Smith L, Stevens M, Paterson J, Ward J, Crane M, Thorn M, Scott D. Australian Research Council – Linkage Project. Investigating the Impacts Of The Banned Drinker Register Re-Introduction in the Northern Territory. 2019-2023; $1,191,949 
  7. Garvey G, Cunningham J, Whop L, Brotherton J, Girgis A, Olver I, Howard K, Griffiths K, Baxi S. National Health and Medical Research Council. Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. 2018-2023; $2,499,981 

Kalinda is also chief investigator on Indigenous community prioritised and funded research projects:

  1. Griffiths K. Lowitja Institute. Data sovereignty tools, services and/or resources: Phase 2: Data sovereignty tools, services and/or resources: development of an education and training package for commercialisation. 2021; $64,864.
  2. Griffiths K. Lowitja Institute. Data sovereignty tools, services and/or resources: Phase 1: identification of potential and viable tools, services and/or resources. 2020; $43,960.

 


My Qualifications

PhD (epidemiology), MPH, BBMSc, Cert III in Laboratory Techniques


My Awards

2020 - Health Promotion Association of Australia, 'Thinker in Residence'.

2019 - Lowitja Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 'Emerging Researcher Award'.

2018 - Science and Technology Australia, '2019-2020 Superstar of STEM'.

2011 - National Australian Day Council, 'Young Australian of the Year (NT)'.


My Research Activities

Kalinda leads the the following projects: 

  • 2019 (Current): Evidence-based approaches to developing data governance in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. UNSW.  

  • 2019 (Current): Exploring end-of-life care for Indigenous people diagnosed with cancer. UNSW.  

  • 2015 (Current): Counting our Babies: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Birth Registration Project. University of Sydney and UNSW.  

 

She is also a chief investigator on the following projects:  

  • 2019 (Current): Pathways to Change: Building Biomedical Capability in Regional and Remote Northern Australia. Menzies School of Health Research & UNSW.  

  • 2019 (Current): Investigating the Impacts Of The Banned Drinker Register Re-Introduction in the Northern Territory. Deakin University.  

  • 2019 (Current): NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence - Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Cancer treatment and outcomes. Menzies School of Health Research, University of Sydney & UNSW.  

  • 2016 – 2018: Towards the systematic monitoring of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer (Patient Care Experiences).  Menzies School of Health Research.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I am available to supervise all HDR students at an associate supervisor level. 

My areas of supervision include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research
  • Data governance
  • Health equity research
  • Disparity measurement

Currently supervising

  • Associate supervisor – Skye Trudgett. PhD ‘Improving social, economic and health outcomes for high-risk young people in remote communities: the adaptation and implementation of a transdisciplinary research approach.’ UNSW. 

  • Associate supervisor - Sarah Clifford. PhD ‘The effect of alcohol restrictions on violence against women in the Northern Territory’. Charles Darwin University.  

  • Associate supervisor - Fiona Shalley. PhD ‘Identity Statistics: The challenge of minority population identification to demographic methods’. Charles Darwin University. 

  • Associate supervisor - Theresa Cunningham. PhD ‘Risk and resilience: factors which impact on the educational outcomes and extent of juvenile offending of young people in the child protection system in the Northern Territory.’ Charles Darwin University. 


My Engagement

I am on a number of national and international research committees such as the International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement, and also hold a number of different roles, including Deputy Editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.


My Teaching

I have written and taught a number of units of study although I am currently not teaching. I am available for guest lectures. 

Public Health - Writer - Masters of Public Health - Menzies School of Health Research - 2009

Epidemiology - Undergraduate Health Sciences - Writer, Coordinator, Lecturer - Charles Darwin University - 2010 to 2017

Service Learning in Indigenous Communities - Multiple faculties and degree levels - Coordinator and Lecturer - University of Sydney - 2016 to 2017

 

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Location

I spend half my time at UNSW (Kensington Campus) in Sydney and half my time at Menzies School of Health Research (Royal Darwin Hospital Campus) in Darwin. Please contact me by email.