Brett Shannon

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2018 Fellow

Brett is a descendant of the Ngugi people and has a keen interest in research, particularly related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Brett commenced the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) training through the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental medicine (AFOEM). This training provided a unique opportunity to develop clinical, policy-making and public health management skills to work in an emerging field of great need in Australia. Of specific relevance is his interest in Indigenous health and the impact of excess morbidity and mortality, along with the disparities in social and economic indicators that contribute towards much lower workforce participation rates and productivity loss.

Prior to this, Brett he has been involved in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled health sector in a number of roles, including Deputy Chair of the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service, and a non-executive Director role with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health board.

Brett graduated from the AICD Company Directors Course and is committed to practising good governance. He has a passion for medical education and successfully created the first Indigenous peer tutoring program in medicine at University of Queensland during his medical degree.


  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, (UQ)
  • Master of Applied Epidemiology, (ANU)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science, (QUT)
  • Bachelor of Business, (QUT)
  • Company Directors Course,  Australian Institute of Company Directors

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