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Dr Robyn McDermott

Professor of Public Health Medicine and Foundation Director
Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Cairns Institute, Building D3, James Cook University Cairns Campus
Cairns QLD, 4870
Tel: (07) 4232 1575


Robyn McDermott is Professor of Public Health Medicine and Foundation Director at the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, a partnership between James Cook University and Queensland Health in Cairns.

Prior to commencing her current role, Robyn had worked for more than 30 years in rural and remote health service delivery and applied research both nationally and internationally. She served as Professor of Public Health Medicine at James Cook University from 2002-2004 and as Medical Epidemiologist in the Cairns Tropical Public Health Unit. She is a former Director of the Heart Foundation Queensland and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has also held senior management positions, such as Pro Vice Chancellor, Vice President and Foundation Director, in multiple universities.

Professor McDermott has been a Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research in the Northern Territory and spent several years working as a clinician and health services manager in rural and remote communities throughout Australia. She is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow; Practitioner Fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC); and Professor of Public Health in the School of Population Health at the University of South Australia and the Sansom Institute for Health Research (South Australia).

Robyn’s research interests are in chronic disease epidemiology, clinical quality improvement and disease prevention. Major changes to policy and practice were made from her work on improving diabetes care systems in remote Far North Queensland. More recently, her research has focussed on the effective translation of research evidence into clinical and public health practice.

In 2006, NHMRC named Robyn’s work on improving diabetes care systems in Far North Queensland as one of the ‘best 10’ projects for the year. As lead investigator and co-investigator, she has received more than $15 million in NHMRC grant funding since 1998.

Last updated: 28 February 2017
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