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National award for Indigenous medical data researcher

Image: Dr Kalinda Griffiths, via Facebook

Kalinda Griffiths, a data analyst at the University of New South Wales, has won a major national award for her research into cancer diagnosis and treatment of Indigenous patients.

Griffiths, a research fellow at the centre for big data research at UNSW, has received the Lowitja Institute’s Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researcher Award for 2019. The award was announced in Darwin at the institute’s international conference on Indigenous health and wellbeing. 

Her work involves using Indigenous health data to improve cancer support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. She said the award recognised “the power of data to shift the way we screen, diagnose and treat cancer in remote communities”.

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