Associate Professor Karla Canuto

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Research Biography

Associate Professor Karla Canuto is a Torres Strait Islander, descendent of the Naghir Tribe of the Kulkagul Clan. Karla has over 20 years’ experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health/ health research. Karla's qualifications include a Bachelor of Sports & Exercise Science (JCU), a Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion (Uni Syd) and a PhD (UniSA) conferred in 2013. Karla has experience across a wide range of research projects all focused on improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Research topics include cancer screening, chronic disease prevention, cardiac rehab, mums and bubs and the promotion of physical activity and nutrition.  She is also passionate about building the capacity and capabilities of researchers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, in particular, growing the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers.​

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of South Australia

Award Date: 15 Aug 2013


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  • Rural and remote health


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