Researcher biography

Dr Abbey Diaz is a Faculty of Medicine 5-year Research Fellow in the School of Public Health, University of Queensland. Prior to joining UQ in October 2020, Dr Diaz worked with the Menzies School of Health Research for the previous ten years.

Dr Diaz was awarded her PhD in epidemiology from the Charles Darwin University and Menzies School of Health Research in 2018. Her thesis investigated whether the higher comorbidity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer was associated with lower cancer survival and supportive care needs. For this project she was part of the National Indigenous Cervical Screening Project. In 2011 Dr Diaz was awarded her Masters by Research in Applied Science from the University of Queensland. For her Masters thesis, she conducted a quasi-experiemental study to investigate whether the type of sunscreen used by primary school age children determined how much screen they used, and ulimatey, whether the sunscreen was applied at a thick enough application to achieve the advertised 30+ Sun Protection Factor.

Currently, Dr Diaz's program of work is broadly concerned with the quality and equity of cancer care during cancer survivorship, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for people with, or at risk of, other chronic disease. Recently, Dr Diaz was part of an investigator team (CID; 2021-2024) awarded a $1mil National Heart Foundation Strategic Grant in Cardio-oncology that aims to better understand the risk of adverse cardiovascular events in Australian's diagnosed with cancer, identify potential high-risk groups and health service gaps, and understand how cancer treatment decision-making by patients and their health professionals are influenced by their cardiovascular risk.