Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendant of the Ngugi people from Moreton Bay region in Queensland. She is Professor of Indigenous health at QUT and has previously held senior positions at The University of Melbourne and The University of Queensland.
Cindy is the chair of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sexual Health and has played a key role in policy advice and implementation for the sector, at the national, state and community levels for the past 20 years. Professor Shannon has also played a leading role in Indigenous health workforce development, having led the development of Australia’s first degree level program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. She has been a member of the Council of NHMRC and currently chairs the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation. Professor Shannon has led numerous reforms in service delivery to Indigenous communities and was recognised with a Queensland Great Award in 2017 for her contributions to Indigenous health and education.