Chris McKay

Chris McKay

2022 Fellow

Chris is a Wiradjuri man and a current PhD Candidate at The University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health.

Chris is part of the Indigenous Epidemiology and Health unit led by Professor Sandra Eades. His PhD research is focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescent health and risk and protective factors for chronic disease during this phase of life. Chris’s research is part of the Next Generation Study, an adolescent cohort study, which is Aboriginal-led and designed and implemented in partnership with Aboriginal community organisations around Australia.

Prior to commencing his PhD, Chris worked as a science communicator at the CSIRO, focussing on environmental research and management of natural resources. He previously undertook research looking at how environmental scientists engage with Indigenous ecological knowledge, while completing a Master of Science Communication at ANU, and his undergraduate studies were in biological sciences at The University of Wollongong. He has an overarching interest in understanding health holistically, particularly the links between environments, culture and health.

Chris is keen to explore how Indigenous epidemiologists can help provide the right health data to support community controlled health services, and also play a role in promoting Indigenous data sovereignty and governance.

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