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Dr Mandy Truong is a Research Fellow who works on a range of projects related to the social determinants of health and health equity. At present, her main work centres on a project investigating the risk factors for family homicide with A/Prof Lyndal Bugeja at Monash University. She is also a Senior Project Officer on the NHMRC project ‘Return to Country: A national platform study to return Indigenous renal patients home’ (Menzies School of Health Research).

Mandy is a passionate and highly motivated researcher whose primary research and teaching interests centre on examining and addressing the social determinants of health and social inequalities related to racism, discrimination and gender. She draws on interdisciplinary work within the social sciences to analyse how gender, race, religion and class intersect on a broad range of public health issues, including health service provision and family violence.

Her doctoral research involved a case study of organisational cultural competence in a community health setting, exploring client and staff perspectives of the impact of cultural background in health service utilisation and the utility of cultural competence organisational assessment.

Mandy has experience conducting rigorous qualitative research with children and adults from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds.  She also has experience using surveys and mixed methods in research. 

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics, University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Optometry, University of Melbourne

Masters of Public Health, University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

External positions

Senior project officer, Menzies School of Health Research

Jul 2019 → …

Research area keywords

  • health equity
  • race and racism
  • health services research
  • Indigenous health
  • cultural safety
  • cultural competency
  • family violence

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Research Output

Addressing racism to improve healthcare outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a case study in kidney care

Bourke, C., Truong, M., Jones, Y., Hunyor, J. & Lawton, P., 1 May 2020, Deeble Institute Perspectives Brief, 9 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleOther

Open Access

Caring for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients

Truong, M., Jun 2020, Pharma, p. 7-8 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleOther

COVID-19 racism is making kids sick

Priest, N., Thurber, K. A., Maddox, R., Jones, R. & Truong, M., 11 May 2020, Insight+.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Experiences of racial discrimination and cardiometabolic risk among Australian children

Priest, N., Truong, M., Chong, S., Paradies, Y., King, T., Kavanagh, A., Olds, T., Craig, J. M. & Burgner, D., 29 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Faith-based communities' responses to family and domestic violence: CSRM Working Papers: No. 1/2020

Truong, M., Sharif, M., Pasalich, D., Olsen, A., Calabria, B. & Priest, N., Feb 2020, Canberra: The Australian National University, 54 p. (CSRM Working Paper).

Research output: Working paperWorking PaperResearch

Open Access


  • 6 External research and teaching
  • 6 Peer review responsibility
  • 2 Non-HDR Supervisions
  • 1 Contribution to conference

Supervision - Honors Student

Ensieh Fooladi (Supervisor), , Mandy Truong (Supervisor), & Miranda Davies (Supervisor)


Activity: Other Teaching Engagements and non-HDR SupervisionsNon-HDR Supervisions

Health Expectations (Journal)

Mandy Truong (Peer reviewer)

May 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Physiotherapy Theory and Practice (Journal)

Mandy Truong (Peer reviewer)

Jun 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Foundations of cultural competency and cultural safety

Mandy Truong (Speaker)

Dec 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research and teaching

Introduction to the social determinants of health

Mandy Truong (Speaker)

Jul 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research and teaching

Press / Media

New study finds family violence is often poorly understood in faith communities

Mandy Truong, Bianca Calabria, Mienah Sharif & Naomi Priest


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Domestic violence and Australian churches: why the current data have limitations

Naomi Priest, Mandy Truong & Nicholas Biddle


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature