Dr Kalinda Griffiths
Kalinda is a Yawuru woman of Broome, born and living in Darwin, Australia. Sheis an early career Scientia Lecturer at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at UNSW and Research and Education Lead for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Kalinda is an epidemiologist who has worked in the research sector for over 20 years.Her interest is in empirically addressing complex health disparities in populations through existing data. Kalinda’s innovative research focuses on Indigenous Data Governance, the measurement of health disparities, improving cancer services and outcomes as well as building health research capabilities in regional and remote Australia.
Dr Griffiths is on the steering committee for the Indigenous Data Network in Australia and holds a number of national and international committee roles, including the Australian Bureau of Statistics Health Surveys Advisory Group, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Indigenous Statistical and Information Advisory group as well as the Clinical Advisory Group of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and the International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement.
Kalinda holds a Certificate III in Laboratory Techniques, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Master of Public Health and a PhD in Cancer Epidemiology. Dr Griffiths also holds honorary positions at the University of Melbourne and Menzies School of Health Research and is also Deputy Editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.
She is the recipient of a number of awards. Notably, she was awarded the ‘Northern Territory Young Australian of the Year’in 2011 and more recently, the 2019 Lowitja Institutes ‘Emerging Researcher Award’. She was also a 2019-2021 Science and Technology Australia ‘Superstar of STEM’ and is currently the Australian Health Promotion Associations‘Thinker in Residence’.