Dr Kate Anderson

Senior Research Fellow

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 64631


Dr Kate Anderson is a researcher based on the Sunshine Coast who has worked as an ally in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and communities for more than 15 years across the areas of cancer, kidney disease and wellbeing. Her current program of research at FNCWR is focused on understanding and measuring the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the lifespan.

Kate has extensive qualitative research skills and experience, with >50 peer-reviewed journal publications, 22 in the past five years alone. She is currently a Chief/Associate Investigator on grants totalling over $14 million, including:

Research Impacts

Kate is group lead of the growing Wellbeing Group within UQ’s First Nations Cancer and Wellbeing Research Team (FNCWR team). Since its inception in 2017, our Wellbeing Group’s research program has been dedicated to improving understanding, measurement, and evaluation of what matters to the wellbeing of First Nations adults, youth, and children. Our team is made up of First Nations and non-Indigenous researchers and professional staff from around Australia. We are committed to privileging First Nations experiences and perspectives in our research, and to implementing research methods to ensure cultural-appropriateness and responsiveness.

She has been awarded as CI/AI over $14 million in competitive peer reviewed grants. She has successfully designed, led, and delivered multiple large qualitative and mixed-method studies, including all four What Matters projects (NHMRC GNT1125434; MRF1199854; NHMRC APP2020636; MRF2007834), several cancer and kidney related projects (ARC IN190100050; NHMRC APP236204) and a growing number of projects focused on developing novel and culturally appropriate research methodologies for First Nations peoples.


  • Graduate Certificate in Management, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Cass, Alan, Devitt, Jeannie, Preece, Cilla, Cunningham, Joan, Anderson, Kate, Snelling, Paul, Eris, Josette and Ayanian, John (2004). Barriers to access by Indigenous Australians to kidney transplantation: The IMPAKT study. National Indigenous Dialysis and Transplant Symposium, Richmond, VIC, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1797.2004.00352.x

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor