Issue 3- 5 May 2021
Wednesday, 05 May 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Menzies principle research fellow Professor Joan Cunningham has been awarded a special commendation in the Australian Council of Graduate Research Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision.
Menzies principle research fellow Professor Joan Cunningham has been awarded a special commendation in the Australian Council of Graduate Research Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision.

Joan’s Research Excellence

Menzies School of Health Researcher Professor Joan Cunningham has been awarded a special commendation in the Australian Council of Graduate Research Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision.

The awards publicly promote outstanding performance in higher degree research supervision, leadership and industry engagement.

A senior principle research fellow at Menzies, Professor Cunningham is a principle supervisor for PhD students at Charles Darwin University (CDU) with a core focus is on equity in health and health care. 

Her work on the social and system determinants of Indigenous health has illuminated critical shortcomings in health system performance for Indigenous Australians and identified pathways to improve equity of access and outcomes.

Professor Cunningham has dedicated her career to training and supporting people and teams to undertake research to help improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

Joan has made a significant contribution to mentoring her students to become research leaders in their field, supporting them to apply for scholarships, co-publish papers, and providing advice to early career researchers and students who are new to supervision.

She has a long record of success in building research capacity and in mentoring and developing emerging research leaders, including Indigenous researchers, and was awarded the Australasian Epidemiological Association’s Mentoring Award in recognition of her achievements.