Dr Paul Lawton

Senior research fellow


PhD, Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, 2016; Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2000; Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Melbourne, 1992


Darwin Royal Darwin Hospital


Dr Paul Lawton is a kidney specialist who has been working as a clinician across the Northern Territory since 1999, including four years as Director of NT Renal Services. He now splits his clinical time between work for Top End Health Services and Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations, including telehealth and outreach clinics to all of East Arnhem.

In his work at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, he addresses questions about the health care and outcomes for First Nations Australians not only in the Northern Territory but also nationally, using larger already existing clinical, registry and administrative datasets, including some data linkage. Where aren’t we doing well for First Nations Australians in the health system, why aren’t we, and how can we do better?

Research Themes
Media Expertise
  • Disparities in care affecting Indigenous Australians
  • Chronic conditions care/management, including kidney disease, diabetes, vascular disease