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Dr Mandy Truong is a Research Fellow who works on a range of projects within multi-disciplinary teams examining and addressing the social determinants of health. Her primary interests are: institutional racism, cultural safety and health equity. Mandy 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, with particular focus on health service provision, racism and family violence. She has extensive research and teaching experience in the areas of cultural competence and cultural safety in health care practice and organisational change.

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’. Mandy is a lecturer in the NUR1013 unit Indigenous Health for Nursing and Midwifery Practice and a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Development Group, Health Education Research Network, Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE).

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.

Mandy 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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • 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, University of Melbourne

External positions

Associate Member, Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies

Feb 2021 → …

Honorary Fellow, Deakin University

Jul 2020 → …

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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