Kootsy Canuto

  • Kootsy Canuto

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Contact for:
    Board and governance
    Media and publications
    Public speaking


Justin (Kootsy) Canuto is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. With a diverse career across education and training, and within the public service, Kootsy has acquired many transferable skills including developing high-level management, interpersonal and communication experience. Kootsy has extensive capabilities in liaising with individuals from a wide variety of professional and cultural backgrounds and is now demonstrating these skills as a research academic in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Overtime Kootsy has developed and maintained meaningful relationships and has built an extensive network of colleagues across industries, including law, research, fisheries, education and politics throughout the country. Kootsy utilises this network to seek guidance and support when navigating his academic and personal ambitions and to inform and provide advice to others when required.

Kootsy's postgraduate studies have enabled him to develop research skills, including qualitative research and systematic reviews. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wardliparingga, Kootsy is working across a number of Aboriginal Health Research projects providing an Indigenous male lens to research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men as well as collaborating with fellow researchers in qualitative data collection and analysis.

Kootsy currently reviews for the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health and International Journal for Equity in Health and also mentors two Ph.D. candidates and one Master of Epidemiology student.

Twitter: @DrKootsy

Professional Details

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), School of Medicine, the University of Adelaide, 2018.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of South Australia, 2013.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Studies), the University of Adelaide, 2011.

Area of Expertise

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's health and social and emotional wellbeing.


  • Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health (Adelaide)
  • Reconciliation South Australia
  • Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University
  • Australian Men's Health Forum
  • Public Health Association Australia

Areas of current leadership enactment

  • Board member KWY Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Services (2018 - current).


  • Canuto, K. (2019) Time to Stop Flogging a Dead Horse: Unpublished manuscript, University of Adelaide. (Accepted for publication ‘in-press' the Medical Journal of Australia 29/01/19).
  • Canuto, K., Wittert, G., Harfield, S., & Brown, A. (2018). “I feel more comfortable speaking to a male": Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's discourse on utilizing primary health care services. Int J Equity Health, 17(1), 185. doi:10.1186/s12939-018-0902-1.
  • Canuto, K., Brown, A., Wittert, G., & Harfield, S. (2018). Understanding the utilization of primary health care services by Indigenous men: A systematic review. BMC Public Health,18(1) doi:10.1186/s12889-018-6093-2.
  • Gomersall, J.S, Gibson O, Dwyer J, O'Donnell K, Stephenson M, Carter D, Canuto K, Munn Z, Aromataris E, Brown A: What Indigenous Australian clients value about primary health care: a systematic review of qualitative evidence. Aust N Z J Public Health, 2017. 41(4): p. 417-423.
  • Canuto K, Harfield S, Brown A, Wittert G: Strategies that target the utilization of primary health care services by Indigenous men in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America: a comprehensive systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports 2015, 13(9):95-111.

To get in contact and engage any of the Fellows, please contact the Alumni Manager (Indigenous Leadership) at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health on:

Email:              poche-alumni@unimelb.edu.au

Phone:             03 9035 8185