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The Australian National University

Dr Phyllis Dance

ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 02 61259541

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health 111701

Research interests

Indigenous health


Dr Phyll Dance RN, RM, BA (ANU), PhD (ANU)

For the past 13 years Phyll has held research and teaching positions at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University. During this time she has largely focused on projects related to Indigenous health. This work has always been conducted in collaboration with Indigenous organisations and individuals, and has always included two-way transfer of skills. Projects have included: research on bloodborne viruses; problematic alcohol use; investigations of the service and treatment needs of Elders, and of Indigenous people who use illegal drugs; and estimates of the number of Indigenous people in the ACT and region using heroin.

During 20101-21011 Phyll was employed at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. In the second half of 2013 she took up a part time fixed term position at the ANU Medical School working in Indigenous health.

Phyll established the Indigenous Health Interest Group at the College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment in 2008 and has continued to be an active member of the Group. She is also involved in developing the College’s Reconciliation Action Plan. In 2010 Phyll was presented with the inaugural Vice Chancellor's Award for Reconciliation.

Researcher's projects

Reducing incarceration using Justice Reinvestment:an exploratory case study.

Current student projects

Medical students' research projects.

Past student projects

Analyses of anthropometric data in the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children and methodological implications

Improving alcohol screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT and Region.

Analyses of anthropometric data in the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children and methodological implications.

Experiences of fertility among Australian women living with hepatitis C.

Comparing samples of urban and rural methadone clients.




Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  20 November 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers