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Ms Vanessa Lee

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health Sciences, Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health, C43T T Block Cumberland Campus, 75 East St
Lidcombe NSW, 2141
Tel: (02) 9351 9538
Fax: (02) 9351 9566


Dr Vanessa Lee, of the Yupungathi and Meriam people, is a Social Epidemiologist, and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. She is also currently working as Director of Suicide Prevention Australia.

Vanessa is a member of the National Public Health Association of Australia, Indigenous Allied Health Association and the International Group of Indigenous Health Measurement. She is also Chair of the Public Health Indigenous Leaders in Education Network, an executive board member of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance and co-chair of the Public Health Association of Australia, where from 2011-2015, she was the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Vice President. Vanessa holds advisory positions with National Advisory Group Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Information and Data (NAGATSIHID), the Close the Gap Steering Committee and the Sydney Centre of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics.

Vanessa’s area of interest is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service delivery. She is interested in improving the determinants of health, efficacy and linkages of services for better health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She has national and international research experience in public health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

In July of 2016, Vanessa completed her PhD as the first Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Public Health graduate from Griffith University’s School of Medicine.

Last updated: 5 June 2017
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