Researcher biography

Dr Bena Brown is a Senior Research Fellow in the First Nations Cancer and Wellbeing Research Team, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and an Advanced Speech Pathologist (Cancer Care) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. She also has provides RHD supervision for students in the School of Health and Rehabilitaiton Sciences, Health and Behavioural Sciences Faculty. Bena is a clinician-researcher with a passion for caring for people with cancer and their families, patient-centred research, and research exploring novel service delivery models using technology. She is especially interested in addressing inequities in cancer outcomes and cancer care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Since the awarding of her PhD, Bena has worked part-time sharing motherhood with her research and clinical career. Bena is also a member of the Human Research and Ethics Committees at Metro South Health, and serves on statewide committees for the Queensland Collaborative for Cancer Survivorship, and COSA Patient-Reported Outcome Working Group. She has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, has presented at multiple national and international conferences, and has been awarded over $3.6 million in research grants. Bena is mum to 2 boisterous boys, a keen yogi, and passionate student and board member at Vulcana Circus.