Associate Professor David Thomas
Head, Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Disease,
Menzies School of Health Research
Associate Professor David Thomas has worked in Aboriginal health and health research for nearly 30 years. He has worked both as a doctor and a researcher and is particularly interested in the translation of research into policy and practice through advocacy, collaborations with policy makers and practitioners, and his membership on several important national and NT committees.
Associate Professor Thomas established and has led the Tobacco Control Research Program at Menzies since 2007. He has completed research about many aspects of Aboriginal tobacco control, including the national cohort study Talking About The Smokes, a Randomised Control Trial, a Cochrane review, qualitative research, evaluations of local and national policies and projects, and monitoring trends in smoking. This work has been in collaboration with Australian and international researchers, including many Aboriginal researchers, and in close partnership with Aboriginal communities and organisations.