Dr Abbey Diaz

Postdoctoral Researcher Menzies Early Career Research Fellow


PhD (Epidemiology), Charles Darwin University, 2018; Master of Applied Science, Queensland University of Technology, 2011; Bachelor of Health Science (Public Health), Queensland University of Technology, 2006




Abbey is an early career researcher in the cancer research team in the Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Disease division at Menzies. Abbey completed her PhD with Menzies in 2018 and to date her research has focused on better understanding cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, from prevention to survival and survivorship.

She has particular expertise in analysing data from large administrative linked datasets and using administrative data to investigate the relationship between pre-diagnosis comorbidity and cancer outcomes.

Abbey currently works across a number of projects. She is an investigator on an Australian Discovery Council (ARC) funded project on the supportive care needs of caregivers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer; project manager and data analyst for an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded multi-site project assessing the unmet supportive care needs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Investigator on a Cancer Australia funded project explore ways to improve the collection, transfer, and reporting of Indigenous status in the National Cervical Screening Program and the National HPV Vaccination Program information pathways; and an investigator on a the Queensland Health funded data-linkage study, Better Cardiac Care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In addition to this work, Abbey currently collaborates with Colleagues at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Queensland Cancer Council, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, as well as other organisations, groups and services, to further her research interests and experiences.

Research Themes


  1. Diaz A, Baade PD…Condon JRC (2018) Comorbidity and cervical cancer of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian women: a semi-national registry-based cohort study (2003-2012). PLOS ONE. 13(5). e0196764. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196764. 
  2. Dasgupta P, Whop LJ, Diaz A…Baade PD. (2018) Spatial variation in cervical cancer screening participation and outcomes among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in Queensland. Geographical Research. doi:10.1111/1745-5871.12281
  3. Diaz A, Kang J…Valery PC. (2017) Association between comorbidity and participation in breast and cervical cancer screening: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Cancer Epidemiology. 47. p.7-19. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2016.12.010.
  4. Diaz A, Bernardes CM, Garvey G, Valery PC. (2016) Supportive care needs among Indigenous cancer patients in Queensland, Australia: less comorbidity is associated with greater practical and cultural unmet need. European Journal of Cancer Care. 25(2). p.242-53. doi: 10.1111/ecc.12471.
  5. Whop LJ, Diaz A…Condon JR. (2016) Using probabilistic record linkage to identify Australian Indigenous women on the Queensland Pap smear Register: the National Indigenous Cervical Screening Project. BMJ Open. 6(2). e009540. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009540.
  6. Bernardes CM, Diaz A…Valery PC. (2016). Australian Indigenous cancer patients’ self-report of diagnosis, treatment and comorbidity data: How does it compare to medical chart review. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare. 4(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/ejpch.v4i2.1093
  7. Diaz A, Moore SP…Valery PC. (2015) Factors associated with cancer-specific and overall survival among Indigenous and non-Indigenous gynaecological cancer patients in Queensland, Australia: a matched cohort study. International Journal of Gynaecologic Cancer. 25(3). P.542-7. doi: 10.1097/IGC.0000000000000375.
  8. Diaz A, Whop LJ…Condon JR. (2015) Cancer outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in rural and remote areas. Australian Journal of Rural Health. 23(1). P. 4-18. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12169.
  9. Valery PC, Morris PS, Byrnes CA, Grimwood K, Torzillo PJ, Bauert PA, Masters IB, Diaz A, et al. (2013). Long-term azithromycin for Indigenous children with bronchiectasis: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. Lancet Respiratory Medicine,1(8), 610-620.
  10. Diaz, A., Neale, R.E., Kimlin, M.G., Jones, L., & Janda, M. (2012). The Children and Sunscreen study: a crossover trial investigating children’s sunscreen application thickness and the influence of age and dispenser type. Archives of Dermatology JAMA Dermatology, 148(5), 606-612.
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