Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan
Principal Research Fellow, Associate Director for Research (HDR and ethics)
PhD, University of Sydney, 2000; Bachelor of Science, Griffith University, 1989.
Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:
Principal Supervisor for PhD
Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus
Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan has researched at Menzies since 1990. She is a microbiologist passionate about growing the next generation of biomedical scientists, and particularly building capability among those with least opportunity.
At Menzies she currently holds several research and administration roles. As Principal Research Fellow with the Child Health Division she works with local, national and international teams generating biological outcomes for clinical trials. She has attracted 35 grants to the value of $23.6 million and published >100 papers. In her role as Associate Director of Research (HDR and ethics) she coordinates ~60 Masters by Research and PhD candidates studying through Menzies and CDU.
Heidi developed and trialled the biomedical pathways model at Menzies which culminated in her co-leading the new Ramaciotti Regional and Remote Health Sciences Training Centre which aims to develop a sustainable, local, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander biomedical and health sciences workforce in the Northern Territory. She also leads HealthLAB, a hands-on health education lab that travels to schools and communities across the NT and encourages healthy lifestyles and pathways into health sciences. To date >11,000 Territorians have participated in HealthLAB.
- HealthLAB project
- Ramaciotti Centre
- AUSBREATHE CRE
- Amanda’s PREVIX trials
- Microbiology coordinator for a pneumococcal vaccine trial in Vietnam
Click here to view Heidi Smith-Vaughan publications in PubMed.
Media Release | Opportunities for the next generation of local scientists
A new training centre aimed at developing a sustainable, local biomedical and health sciences workforce has been launched at Menzies School of Health Research.
Celebrating 30 years of service
Healthy Tomorrow December edition | Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan celebrates 30 years of service.
Dr Aho aspires to lead scientific research
Dr Celestine Aho has always aspired to lead scientific research that translates into practical results for Papua New Guinea.
NT News | $300k raised to assist in bridging gap
SMALL acts of charity and an AFL legend from the Territory have played a crucial role in raising $300,000 for five new traineeships at a cutting-edge research centre in Darwin.
This 'Time Machine' is showing what the future holds - for your face
NITV - Ever wondered how you'll look at 60? What if you're a smoker? This new app will show you the difference.
NT News | App gives peek into future self
The Menzies School of Health Research has launched a new app using facial remodelling technology to illustrate the long-term impact of unhealthy lifestyle choices for young people.
Look into a time machine to see where your health choices will lead
IBM and Menzies School of Health Research today launched a 'HealthLAB Time Machine' app hosted on IBM Cloud.
Media alert | Outcomes of protracted bacterial bronchitis in children: A 5‐year prospective cohort study
Findings from the first prospective longer-term outcome NHMRC-funded study for children with protracted bacterial bronchitis (PBB) in children have identified a link between children with PBB and asthma, highlighting the importance of identifying potentially treatable symptoms in children with chronic respiratory diseases.
HealthLAB pops up in town to encourage youth to be healthy
The Menzies School of Health Research’s free, fun and informative HealthLAB sessions began on Wednesday evening at YouthLinx where they joined forces with the John Moriarty Football program.
Shining A Much-Needed Light On Aboriginal Health Education
Zoe Fitzpatrick is talented member of Menzies HealthLab, she helps to deliver health education programs to remote communities.
Acute lower respiratory infections in Indigenous infants in the NT
Menzies senior research fellow Dr Michael Binks examined acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) hospital admissions among Indigenous infants in the Northern Territory from 2006 to 2015, across three periods of different pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) use.
Reimagining health education in remote communities
Pop-up labs have been transformed to encourage healthy lifestyles and teach communities about how to stay healthy during lock-down and beyond. HealthLAB, a Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) initiative, is a pop-up lab where you can have an...
ABC News: Impact of services to remote Indigenous communities
A/Prof Heidi Smith-Vaughan, leads a mobile educational training service team in Darwin called Healthlab. She says while coronavirus has restricted travel, social media has opened up access to communities.
CDU Origins Edition 1 2020 | Award secures future of NT biomedical services
Associate Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan and her Menzies team are using the 2019 biennial Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award to establish a sustainable centre for excellence focussing on biomedical career entry and progression for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
2019 Ramaciotti AWARD WINNER
View a short film of the 2019 Ramaciotti BioMedical Research Award recipients.
Ramaciotti Biomedical Award worth $1 million granted to Northern Territory research team
The biennial Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award, worth $1 million, has been granted to a biomedical research team at the Menzies School of Health Research, based in Darwin.
Ramaciotti Foundations recognise strides in Australian-based research
Professor Heidi Smith-Vaughan and her team at Menzies have been awarded the biennial Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award, worth $1 million.
NT News | Watch your heart beating
Report on National Science Week HealthLAB visit to Milingimbi
Media Release | HealthLAB on display during National Science Week
Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) HealthLAB will be in Milingimbi as part of National Science Week.
Discover your new world at Charles Darwin University
CDU Open Day |Elite athletes from Territory Thunder will visit the Menzies School of Health Research’s mobile HealthLAB
Sport a boost to Menzies Indigenous health research
Charles Darwin University E-news | Issue 2 Monday, 01 April 2019
$6.57 MILLION TO KICK GOALS FOR YOUTH AND DIABETES HEALTH
$6.57 million in extensive and exciting programs to tackle chronically high levels of Type 2 diabetes, and boost health and wellbeing through sport among Top End and Central Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.
Menzies Superstars of Stem
On a quiet Friday afternoon at Menzies, an emergency breaks out that only our #superstarsofSTEM can solve. An International Women's Day project.
Menzies School of Health Research home to three superstars of STEM
Three Menzies School of Health Research researchers are among the new round of 2019 Superstars of STEM.
HealthLAB in Australian Geographic
Australian Geographic July - August 2018 promotes HealthLAB National Science Week event at NT Parliament House.
Barunga cuts sugar for festival
Festival goers will also get the chance to find out more about the importance of good health and nutrition at the Menzies School of Health Research mobile HealthLAB during the Festival.
Heart Foundation partnership with HealthLAB - NT News
Heart Foundation partnership with HealthLAB - NT News report
HealthLAB expands educational offering through Heart Foundation partnership
People living in remote NT communities will benefit from an expanded health education offering through a partnership between Menzies and the Heart Foundation.
West Arnhem Wire | HealthLAB in Jabiru
The Jabiru community is reminded that the Menzies HealthLAB will be at the Bowali Visitor Centre on Wednesday, August 16 as part of National Science Week 2017.
NT News - Menzies HealthLAB at Parliament House
HealthLAB in Parliament House for Science Week pollies health checks, NT Thunder captain Shannon Rioli calls on the general public to come along.
Territory Q features HOT NORTH
Read about our HOT NORTH collaboration in the latest Territory Q Magazine.
Menzies HealthLAB to visit Bowali Visitor Centre
The Menzies HealthLAB will be at the Bowali Visitor Centre on Wednesday, August 16 as part of National Science Week 2017. Using the latest technology to measure participants’ health and inform them about the impacts of smoking, alcohol misuse and diet, which can increase the risk of diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Check-up gives health insight - HealthLAB
Darwin Sun | The Menzies School of Health and Research runs HealthLAB, a free initiative that visits public spaces and schools around the NT
HOT NORTH Fellowships to improve health outcomes in the tropics
Five post-doctoral health professionals have been awarded Fellowships to help close critical gaps in health outcomes in northern Australia and the Asia-Pacific region as part of the unique collaborative program Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North (HOT NORTH), led by the Darwin-based Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies).
Menzies HealthLAB National Science Week Grant
In August 2017, HealthLAB is planning to travel from the Tiwi Islands in the Arafura Sea across to west Arnhem Land.
Health Lab promotes healthy living in the NT
The Health Lab teaches Aboriginal children how to look after their health also look at ways to prevent chronic disease in Aboriginal communities through out the Northern Territory. Dietitian Claire Georga from the Menzies School of Health Researchers works with the kids to promote healthy living allowing them to test their heath to give them a better understanding of what is good for the body and what isn’t.
Lab teaches remote kids healthy living
IN a busy classroom on the Tiwi Islands, teacher's aide Stan blows into a breathalyser measuring carbon dioxide from smoke in the body, almost sending himself off the classroom scale. His students dissolve into laughter.WHEN asked, he sheepishly admits to smoking. "You play footy? You'll run faster if you quit," says a researcher from the Heart Foundation.