Dr Kalinda Griffiths
Senior Lecturer

Dr Kalinda Griffiths

PhD (epidemiology), MPH, BBMSc, Cert III in Laboratory Techniques

Medicine & Health
Centre for Big Data Research in Health

Kalinda is an early career Scientia Lecturer at the Centre for Big Data Research at UNSW, holds honorary positions at Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Melbourne, and is also Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Education Lead at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Kalinda is an epidemiologist who has worked in the research sector in a number of roles for over 20 years. Her interest is in empirically addressing complex health disparities in populations through existing data. Her research currently addresses issues of quality and the utilisation of data pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her areas of focus include the measurement of health disparities, with a particular focus on cancer and Indigenous Data Governance.

Location
I spend half my time at UNSW (Kensington Campus) in Sydney and half my time at Menzies School of Health Research (Royal Darwin Hospital Campus) in Darwin. Please contact me by email.
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Griffiths K; Diaz A; Whop LJ; Cunningham J, 2022, 'The health and wellbeing of indigenous and tribal peoples around the globe: Ensuring and promoting best practice in research', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, pp. 261 - 261, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010261
    Journal articles | 2022
    Johnston M; Smith-Vaughan H; Bowman-Derrick S; Hopkins J; McCrory K; Collins R; Marsh R; Griffiths K; Mayo M, 2022, 'Building health workforce capacity in Northern Australia', Microbiology Australia, vol. 43, pp. 93 - 97, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/ma22031
    Journal articles | 2022
    Miller P; Coomber K; Smith J; Livingston M; Stevens M; Guthridge S; Room R; Wright CJC; Rung D; Clifford S; Baldwin R; Das S; Paradies Y; Scott D; Griffiths KE; Farmer C; Mayshak R; Silver B; Moore S; Mack J; Mithen V; Dyall D; Ward J; Boffa J; Chikritzhs T, 2022, 'Learning from alcohol (policy) reforms in the Northern Territory (LEARNT): protocol for a mixed-methods study examining the impacts of the banned drinker register', BMJ Open, vol. 12, pp. e058614, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058614
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ring IT; Griffiths K, 2022, 'Life expectancy for Indigenous people is improving, but closing the gap remains unacceptably slow', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 217, pp. 26 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.51606
    Journal articles | 2022
    Trudgett S; Griffiths K; Farnbach S; Shakeshaft A, 2022, 'A framework for operationalising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data sovereignty in Australia: Results of a systematic literature review of published studies', eClinicalMedicine, vol. 45, pp. 101302 - 101302, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101302
    Journal articles | 2021
    Clifford S; Smith JA; Livingston M; Wright CJC; Griffiths KE; Miller PG, 2021, 'A historical overview of legislated alcohol policy in the Northern Territory of Australia: 1979–2021', BMC Public Health, vol. 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11957-5
    Journal articles | 2021
    Connolly M; Griffiths K; Waldon J; King M; King A; Notzon FC, 2021, 'Overview: The international group for indigenous health measurement and COVID-19', Statistical Journal of the IAOS, vol. 37, pp. 19 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/SJI-210793
    Journal articles | 2021
    Diaz A; Cunningham J; Lindsay D; Callander E; Sverdlov A; Shaw J; Griffiths K; Garvey G, 2021, 'Adverse cardiovascular events after cancer in Queensland, Australia', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY, vol. 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyab168.159
    Journal articles | 2021
    Green M; Cunningham J; Anderson K; Griffiths K; Garvey G, 2021, 'Measuring cancer care experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia: Trial of a new approach that privileges patient voices', Patient Experience Journal, vol. 8, pp. 43 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.35680/2372-0247.1585
    Journal articles | 2021
    Green M; Cunningham J; Anderson K; Griffiths K; Garvey G, 2021, 'Measuring health care experiences that matter to Indigenous people in Australia with cancer: identifying critical gaps in existing tools', International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-021-01433-2
    Journal articles | 2021
    Griffiths K; Ring I; Madden R; Pulver LJ, 2021, 'In the pursuit of equity: COVID-19, data and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia', Statistical Journal of the IAOS, vol. 37, pp. 37 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/SJI-210785
    Journal articles | 2021
    Griffiths KE; Blain J; Vajdic CM; Jorm L, 2021, 'Indigenous and tribal peoples data governance in health research: A systematic review', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, pp. 10318 - 10318, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910318
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ring I; Griffiths K, 2021, 'Australian aboriginal and torres strait islander health information: Progress, pitfalls and prospects', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph181910274
    Journal articles | 2021
    Smith JA; Griffiths K; Nash R; Elmer S; Ireland S; Wright CJC; Gupta H, 2021, 'Equity and health literacy: Using emerging evidence to inform the development of the National Preventive Health Strategy', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 32, pp. 3 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.446
    Journal articles | 2021
    Stacey I; Hung J; Cannon J; Seth RJ; Remenyi B; Bond-Smith D; Griffiths K; Sanfilippo F; Carapetis J; Murray K; Katzenellenbogen JM, 2021, 'Long-term outcomes following rheumatic heart disease diagnosis in Australia.', Eur Heart J Open, vol. 1, pp. oeab035, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ehjopen/oeab035
    Journal articles | 2020
    Bond-Smith D; Seth R; de Klerk N; Nedkoff L; Anderson M; Hung J; Cannon J; Griffiths K; Katzenellenbogen JM, 2020, 'Development and evaluation of a prediction model for ascertaining rheumatic heart disease status in administrative data', Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 12, pp. 717 - 730, http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/CLEP.S241588
    Journal articles | 2020
    Clifford SC; Griffiths KE; Smith JA, 2020, 'The impact of an alcohol floor price on critical care admissions in Central Australia', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 212, pp. 385 - 385.e1, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50543
    Journal articles | 2020
    Griffiths K; Smith J, 2020, 'Measuring health disparities in Australia: Using data to drive health promotion solutions', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 31, pp. 166 - 168, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.340
    Journal articles | 2020
    Judd JA; Griffiths K; Bainbridge R; Ireland S; Fredericks B, 2020, 'Equity, gender and health: A cross road for health promotion', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 31, pp. 336 - 339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.422
    Journal articles | 2019
    Griffiths K; Coleman C; Al-Yaman F; Cunningham J; Garvey G; Whop L; Pulver LJ; Ring I; Madden R, 2019, 'The identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in official statistics and other data: Critical issues of international significance', Statistical Journal of the IAOS, vol. 35, pp. 91 - 106, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/SJI-180491
    Journal articles | 2019
    Smith JA; Herriot M; Williams C; Judd J; Griffiths K; Bainbridge R, 2019, 'Health promotion: A political imperative', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 30, pp. 133 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.242
    Journal articles | 2019
    Smith JA; Livingston M; Miller P; Stevens M; Griffiths K; Judd JA; Thorn M, 2019, 'Emerging alcohol policy innovation in the Northern Territory, Australia', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 30, pp. 3 - 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.222
    Journal articles | 2018
    Green M; Anderson K; Griffiths K; Garvey G; Cunningham J, 2018, 'Understanding Indigenous Australians' experiences of cancer care: Stakeholders' views on what to measure and how to measure it', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3780-8
    Journal articles | 2018
    Sarfati D; Garvey G; Robson B; Moore S; Cunningham R; Withrow D; Griffiths K; Caron NR; Bray F, 2018, 'Measuring cancer in indigenous populations', Annals of Epidemiology, vol. 28, pp. 335 - 342, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annepidem.2018.02.005
    Journal articles | 2018
    Smith J; Griffiths K; Judd J; Crawford G; D'Antoine H; Fisher M; Bainbridge R; Harris P, 2018, 'Ten years on from the World Health Organization Commission of Social Determinants of Health: Progress or procrastination?', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 29, pp. 3 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.48
    Journal articles | 2018
    Smith JA; Judd J; Bainbridge R; Griffiths K; D'Antoine H; Cargo M; Ireland S, 2018, 'Are we going “co-crazy”? An opportunity to learn from health promotion foundations', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 29, pp. 223 - 224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.215
    Journal articles | 2016
    Griffiths K; Coleman C; Lee V; Madden R, 2016, 'How colonisation determines social justice and Indigenous health—a review of the literature', Journal of Population Research, vol. 33, pp. 9 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12546-016-9164-1
    Journal articles | 2016
    Madden R; Axelsson P; Kukutai T; Griffiths K; Storm Mienna C; Brown N; Coleman C; Ring I, 2016, 'Statistics on indigenous peoples: International effort needed', Statistical Journal of the IAOS, vol. 32, pp. 37 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/SJI-160975
    Journal articles | 2014
    Condon JR; Zhang X; Baade P; Griffiths K; Cunningham J; Roder DM; Coory M; Jelfs PL; Threlfall T, 2014, 'Cancer survival for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: A national study of survival rates and excess mortality', Population Health Metrics, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1478-7954-12-1
    Journal articles | 2014
    Lawrence JG; Carapetis JR; Griffiths K; Edwards K; Condon JR, 2014, 'Reply to letter regarding article, "Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease: Incidence and progression in the Northern Territory of Australia, 1997 to 2010"', Circulation, vol. 129, http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.008028
    Journal articles | 2013
    Lawrence JG; Carapetis JR; Griffiths K; Edwards K; Condon JR, 2013, 'Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease: Incidence and progression in the Northern Territory of Australia, 1997 to 2010', Circulation, vol. 128, pp. 492 - 501, http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.001477
  • Conference Papers | 2022
    Clifford S; Wright CJC; Miller PG; Coomber K; Griffiths KE; Smith JA; Livingston M, 2022, 'What are the impacts of alcohol supply reduction measures on police-reported adult domestic and family violence in the Northern Territory of Australia?', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. S45 - S46, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000862018700079&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Clifford S; Smith JA; Livingston M; Griffiths K; Miller PG, 2021, 'A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF ALCOHOL-FOCUSED LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTIONS IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY OF AUSTRALIA: 1979-2020', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY, pp. S57 - S57, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000715073200144&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Other | 2021
    Griffiths K; Johnston M; Bowman-Derrick S, 2021, Indigenous Data Sovereingnty: Readiness Assessment and Evaluation Toolkit, Lowitja Institute, Melbourne
    Conference Abstracts | 2021
    Griffiths K; Wallace T; Vajdic C; Jorm L, 2021, 'Global Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Data Governance in Health Research: A systematic review', in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY, OXFORD UNIV PRESS, Vol. 50, pp. 87 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyab168.241
    Preprints | 2021
    Howard J; Griffiths K; Thomas R, 2021, Six failures of the Doherty Modelling Report, http://dx.doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/an2w6
    Preprints | 2020
    Green M; Cunningham J; Anderson K; Griffiths K; Garvey G, 2020, Measuring Health Care Experiences that Matter to Indigenous People in Australia with Cancer: Identifying Critical Gaps in Existing Tools, http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-67830/v1
    Preprints | 2020
    Green M; Cunningham J; Anderson K; Griffiths K; Garvey G, 2020, Measuring health care experiences that matter to Indigenous people in Australia with cancer: identifying critical gaps in existing tools, http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-67830/v2
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Griffiths KE; Cunningham J; Yu XQ; Simonella L; Young J, 2014, 'SOCIOECONOMIC AND GEOGRAPHIC DISPARITIES: CONCORDANCE WITH TREATMENT GUIDELINES AND TIME TO TREATMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH LUNG CANCER', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 169 - 169, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000346343700511&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Dr Griffiths is chief investigator on several nationally competitive grants including: 
 
  1. Langton M, Russ V, Smith K, Corn A, Griffiths K, Smith L, Provost S, McEachern S, Strelein L, Porther T, Pollock-Harris A, McLaughlin A, von Gavel S, Bourke C, Mengerson K, Anderson P, Bellgard M, Thomas R, Thorpe K. Australian Research Data Commons. Improving Indigenous Research Capabilities: An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Data Commons. 2022; $1,610,830.
  2. Brown A, Hermes A, Pratt G, Griffiths K, Mann G, Easteal S, Llamas B, Baynam G, Huebner S, MacArthur D. NHMRC. Respecting the Gift – Empowering Indigenous Communities in Genomic Medicine. 2022-2027; $5million.
  3. Langton M, Clinch D, Smith K, Rose J, Smith L, Griffiths K, Pearson O. National Indigenous Australians Agency. Indigenous Data Network Closing the Gap on Community Data Project. 2021-2022; $380,412.
  4. Bradley C, Ward J, Bickerstaffe A, Marshall H, Guy R, Pearson O, Jacups S, Griffiths K, Cadet-James Y. Medical Research Futures Fund. Improving surveillance infrastructure for Indigenous primary health care. $1,998,000.
  5. Garvey G, Eades S, Anderson P, Brown A et al. National Health and Medical Research Council. National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers. 2021; $10million.
  6. Griffiths K & Abbey Diaz. Cardiovascular Research Network & National Heart Foundation. Developing a cardiovascular risk assessment tool for people with cancer: analysis of a linked administrative dataset of the New South Wales 45 and Up Cohort. 2021-2022; $25,000.
  7. Smith Vaughan H, Griffiths K, Marsh R, Mayo M. Perpetual - Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award. Ramaciotti Centre for Excellence in Building Regional and Remote Biomedical Capability. 2019-2023; $1,000,000. 
  8. Houston S, Perdue S, Griffiths K, Watts S. Commonwealth of Australia. Development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Medical Workforce Plan (the Workforce Plan). 2019-2020. $217,382.
  9. Miller P, Smith J, Livingston M, Guthridge S, Whyte C, Boffa J, Paradies Y, Griffiths K, Chikritzhs T, Room R, Mayshak R, Smith L, Stevens M, Paterson J, Ward J, Crane M, Thorn M, Scott D. Australian Research Council – Linkage Project. Investigating the Impacts Of The Banned Drinker Register Re-Introduction in the Northern Territory. 2019-2023; $1,191,949
  10. Garvey G, Cunningham J, Whop L, Brotherton J, Girgis A, Olver I, Howard K, Griffiths K, Baxi S. National Health and Medical Research Council. Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. 2018-2023; $2,499,981
 
Dr Griffiths is also chief investigator on Indigenous community prioritised and funded research projects:
  1. Griffiths K. Lowitja Institute. Data sovereignty tools, services and/or resources: Phase 2: Data sovereignty tools, services and/or resources: development of an education and training package for commercialisation. 2021; $64,864.
  2. Griffiths K. Lowitja Institute. Data sovereignty tools, services and/or resources: Phase 1: identification of potential and viable tools, services and/or resources. 2020; $43,960.

 

2020 - Health Promotion Association of Australia, 'Thinker in Residence'.

2019 - Lowitja Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, 'Emerging Researcher Award'.

2018 - Science and Technology Australia, '2019-2020 Superstar of STEM'.

2011 - National Australian Day Council, 'Young Australian of the Year (NT)'.

Kalinda leads the the following projects: 

  • 2021 (Current): Developing a cardiovascular risk assessment tool for people with cancer: analysis of a linked administrative dataset of the New South Wales 45 and Up Cohort. UNSW.    

  • 2020-2021: Indigenous Data Sovereingnty tools, services and/or resources. UNSW & the Lowitja Institute. 

  • 2019 (Current): Evidence-based approaches to developing data governance in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. UNSW.  

  • 2019 (Current): Exploring end-of-life care for Indigenous people diagnosed with cancer. UNSW.  

 

She is also a chief investigator on the following projects:  

  • 2021 (Current): Improvidng Indigenous Research Capabilities: An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Commons. University of Melbourne. 

  • 2021 (Current): Respecting the Gift - Empowering Indigenous Communitites in Genomic Medicine. Telethon Institute & Australian National University.

  • 2021 (Current): Improving surveillance infrastructure for Indigenous Primary Health Care. University of Queensland & UNSW.

  • 2021 (Current): National Network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers. University of Queensland, University of Melbourne, SAHMRI, Curtin.   

  • 2019 (Current): Pathways to Change: Building Biomedical Capability in Regional and Remote Northern Australia. Menzies School of Health Research & UNSW.  

  • 2019 (Current): Investigating the Impacts Of The Banned Drinker Register Re-Introduction in the Northern Territory. Deakin University.  

  • 2019 (Current): NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence - Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Cancer treatment and outcomes. Menzies School of Health Research, University of Sydney & UNSW.  

  • 2016 – 2018: Towards the systematic monitoring of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer (Patient Care Experiences).  Menzies School of Health Research.

I am on a number of national and international research committees such as the International Group for Indigenous Health Measurement, and also hold a number of different roles, including Deputy Editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

My Research Supervision

  • Associate supervisor - Madeline News. PhD. 'Exploring wormen's health policy and its implications for Aboriginal self-determination.' UNSW. 
  • Associate supervisor – Skye Trudgett. PhD ‘Improving social, economic and health outcomes for high-risk young people in remote communities: the adaptation and implementation of a transdisciplinary research approach.’ UNSW. 
  • Associate supervisor - Sarah Clifford. PhD ‘The effect of alcohol restrictions on violence against women in the Northern Territory.’ Charles Darwin University.  
  • Associate supervisor - Fiona Shalley. PhD ‘Identity Statistics: The challenge of minority population identification to demographic methods.’ Charles Darwin University.

My Teaching

I have written and taught a number of units of study. I am currently not in a teaching position although I am available for guest lectures. 

Public Health - Writer - Masters of Public Health - Menzies School of Health Research - 2009

Epidemiology - Undergraduate Health Sciences - Writer, Coordinator, Lecturer - Charles Darwin University - 2010 to 2017

Service Learning in Indigenous Communities - Multiple faculties and degree levels - Coordinator and Lecturer - University of Sydney - 2016 to 2017