Professor Cindy Shannon
Professor Cindy Shannon

BA, Grad Dip Ed, MBA, Dr Soc Sc, FQA, GAICD

Phone: +61 (7) 3346 0627
Office : Room 210, Bookshop Building #4 (Building 4 – see map)
Post: The University of Queensland Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia

Executive Assistant
Mrs Kelly Ryalls 
Phone: +61 (7) 3346 0627

Areas of responsibility
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), Professor Shannon is responsible for leading the implementation of the Indigenous strategy and strengthening leadership within the University in relation to Indigenous Engagement, as well as building links with the community. 

Cindy Shannon is a descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Island. In 2011 she was appointed as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at The University of Queensland. She was previously the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Queensland and guided the development and implementation of Australia’s first degree level program that specifically targeted Aboriginal health workers. Cindy also has an ongoing affiliation with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in South East Queensland, having played a key role in its establishment. Professor Shannon has played a key role nationally in Indigenous health policy development and implementation and has undertaken a number of independent primary health care service reviews, including a major report for the 2003 interdepartmental review of primary health care service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Cindy was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council, and chaired its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Advisory Committee from 2005-2012. She also chaired the National Indigenous Australians’ Sexual Health Committee for the period 2001-2008. In 2008 Cindy was appointed chair of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on AIDS, Sexual Health and Hepatitis. She also participated in the 2020 Summit as a member of the group advising on a long term national health strategy.

Cindy is also:

  • Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Member, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministerial Advisory Committee
  • Chair of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation
  • Council Member, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

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