Dr Kootsy Canuto

Dr Canuto is a Torres Strait Islander who commenced his health research career in June 2014 and has quickly emerged as one of Australia’s most promising Indigenous male health researchers. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who leads the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men’s Health Research of the Aboriginal Health Equity Theme within the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). His PhD (conferred December 2018) produced recommendations and strategies to improve the utilisation of Primary Health Care Services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. Not only has his work added to the limited evidence available to inform health services and policy makers enhance and reorientate their services, but his recommendations are already being implemented in South Australia. He has also published in high-tier national and global health and medical journals, such as Lancet Global Health, primarily on topics related to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. In 2020, he was named SAHMRI Early Career Researcher of the Year. Indeed, his potential to become a future leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s health research is well recognised nationally, and his leadership qualities that bring researchers together to work on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s health is impressive. Reinforcing his potential to become a future leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s health research, Dr Canuto was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Investigator Grant (2019-2024) to work with health services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men to co-design continuous quality improvement strategies to increase and improve health service utilisation. Further, and more recently, Dr Canuto has shifted his research focus towards co-designing Social and Emotional Wellbeing programs, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men an health services. Through Dr Canuto’s research and innate ability to listen and learn, he has developed strong meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, Traditional Owners, and leaders of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and community organisations across the country. These relationships are of the utmost importance and guide all elements of Dr Canuto’s research and personal development. Dr Canuto continues to leverage opportunities to further his men’s health research agenda in Australia and internationally.

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