Heidi Smith-Vaughan

Menzies School of Health Research

Registered to supervise postgraduate research

1993 …2022

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Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan has researched at Menzies since 1990. She is a microbiologist passionate about growing the next generation of biomedical scientists, and particularly building capability among those with least opportunity.

At Menzies she currently holds several research and administration roles. As Principal Research Fellow with the Child Health Division she works with local, national and international teams generating biological outcomes for clinical trials. She has attracted >60 grants as chief investigator to the value >$36 million and published >120 papers. In her role as Associate Director of Research (HDR and ethics) she coordinates ~65 Master by Research and PhD candidates studying through Menzies and CDU.

Heidi developed the biomedical pathways model at Menzies which culminated in her co-leading the new Ramaciotti Regional and Remote Health Sciences Training Centre which aims to develop a sustainable, local, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander biomedical and health sciences workforce in the Northern Territory. She also leads HealthLAB, a hands-on health education lab that travels to schools and communities across the NT and encourages healthy lifestyles and pathways into health sciences. To date >13,000 Territorians have participated in HealthLAB. 

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