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Associate Professor David Thomas

Head, Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Disease Division; Associate Director, Research and Innovatio
John Mathews Building (Bldg 58) Royal Darwin Hospital Campus, Rocklands Drive
Casuarina NT, 0810
Tel: (08) 8922 8196


Associate Professor David Thomas is Head of the Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Disease Division at Menzies School of Health Research and Associate Director of Research and Innovation at the Lowitja Institute.

David has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and health research for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1984 with a degree in medicine and commenced work soon after at the Nganampa Health Council in South Australia. Following this, David worked for a range of Aboriginal community controlled health services and other organisations, including the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress in Alice Springs; Danila Dilba in Darwin; the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory; and the University of Melbourne. In 2007, he also established and led the Tobacco Control Research Program at Menzies and has completed research relating to many aspects of Aboriginal tobacco control. In 2012, David became Head of the Lowitja Institute’s Northern Australian Health Research Unit, where he made contributions to programs funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

David’s research interests lie predominantly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and tobacco control. He has completed research related to differing aspects of tobacco control, including a randomized controlled trial, Cochrane review, qualitative research, evaluations of local and national policies and projects, and monitoring trends in smoking. David has worked closely and in collaboration with a range of national and international researchers. He has also worked in close partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, especially Aboriginal community controlled health services.

David has published a range of peer-reviewed research articles and has authored a book titled, Reading doctor’s writing.

Last updated: 3 July 2017
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