Researcher biography

Sandi is a Research Fellow in the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Queensland. She has over 25-years of clinical and research experience working throughout Australia and Canada in diverse settings focusing on public health, sexual and reproductive health, HIV and other BBVs. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy in 2017 at the University of Sydney titled What do we Know about Women’s Experiences of Living with Hepatitis C? An Analysis of Canadian Women’s Journey with Hepatitis C Care. 

Prior to joining the UQ Poche Centre, Sandi worked as a Sexual Health Research Officer at Apunipima Cape York Health Council leading the project which explored the Awareness, Prevention and Testing of Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples living in Cape York Communities. She has also been involved with the Per-SVR study at the BC Centre for Excellence, which is a prospective longitudinal cohort of patients who have successfully completed DAA treatment seeks to characterise rates of HCV reinfection and examine the threshold of risk behavior that protects against HCV reinfection. 

Sandi is committed to addressing inequities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly young people, in relation to sexual health, BBVs and access to care.