Fiona Heerink

Research Officer


Master of Science in Medicine (MD), Maastricht University, 2014; Master of Science in Global Health, Maastricht University, 2014; Bachelor of Science in Medicine, Maastricht University, 2010


Royal Darwin Hospital


Within the Menzies Division of Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases, Fiona works as research officer on the NHMRC Return to Country project. This study aims to understand and improve the factors leading to disparities in renal health treatment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-indigenous Australians. The project tests health service changes to improve access to renal replacement therapy choices, which make it possible for Aboriginal people to live at home.

Fiona graduated with a medical degree in the Netherlands in 2014. Due to her interest in health equity and the social determinants of health, she decided to combine the degree with the Master of Science in Global Health. She has six years of work experience in research and health care, including projects in South Africa and Moldova, and working with Aboriginal families in the Northern Territory. Fiona’s professional interests focus on public health and social justice. She is passionate about working in a cross-cultural context and improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through research.

Research Themes
  • Indigenous health
  • Diabetes and kidney disease
  • NHMRC Return to Country project