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Dr Mandy Truong is a public health researcher, educator and health professional with experience in qualitative, mixed methods and evidence synthesis studies on topics including: cultural competency in health care, racism and health and wellbeing, healthcare provision for refugee and migrant populations and family violence. At present, she is a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies working in the Child and Family Evidence team. 

Dr Truong has extensive research and teaching experience in the areas of cultural competence and cultural safety in health care practice and organisational change. She has experience conducting rigorous qualitative research with children and adults from diverse cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds. 

Dr Truong is also a registered Optometrist with over 17 years of clinical experience. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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, A multi-level examination of cultural competence in community health: an organisational case study, University of Melbourne

External positions

Honorary Fellow, Deakin University

Jul 2020 → …

Senior project officer, Menzies School of Health Research

Jul 2019Jul 2022

Research area keywords

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

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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