Abbey Diaz

Senior research officer


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 a member of the cancer research team in the Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Disease division at Menzies. Abbey’s research has focused on better understanding and improving 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 a particular focus on understanding the relationship between pre-diagnosis comorbidity and cancer outcomes for this population group. 

As a PhD student and currently as a postdoctoral research fellow, Abbey has been an integral member of a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)-funded data-linkage study investigating cervical screening and cervical cancer outcomes for Indigenous women. Abbey also currently manages a national study measuring the unmet support needs of Indigenous people and is currently investigating change in support needs over time.

Extending on this work, Abbey is an investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded grant which aims to develop a culturally-relevant tool to assess the unmet needs of carers of Indigenous people diagnosed with cancer. Abbey currently collaborates with colleagues at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Queensland Cancer Council to further her research interests and experience. 

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).
  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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