Professor Kathy Heathcote has worked in the public health system for over 30 years and has spent at least half of this time working as a University lecturer. She has general nursing and midwifery experience and public health expertise, specializing in epidemiology, research methods and biostatistics.

Kathy holds a Masters of Public Health, Diploma of Applied Epidemiology and a PhD in traumatic injuries and disability. After many years working in large institutions at the government level, it was her PhD work that inspired Kathy to strengthen her connections with the community and apply her knowledge and skills in ways that are practical and applied.

She is strongly committed to addressing social and structural inequalities in health care and outcomes, strengthening the evidence base in this area, and continually strive for the best ways to translate evidence into practice.

Having lived in the Byron Bay community for over 25 years, Kathy has a strong understanding of the area and loves to make the most of it in her spare time. You’ll find her unwinding by swimming, cooking and taking her Golden Retriever for walks.

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