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Dr Michelle DiGiacomo

Dr DiGiacomo leads the Vulnerable Populations research stream at the University of Technology Sydney's Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care. Her program of research centres on coping and adjustment issues associated with living with a chronic condition, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, older women, and Aboriginal children with disabilities. She applies her background in organisational and health psychology to research on the interface of health services and vulnerable populations, particularly in respect of access and appropriateness of care. Over the past seven years, she has worked with the Aboriginal community of Western Sydney on a range of projects to improve health, wellbeing, access to appropriate services and support, and to build workforce capacity. She has undertaken consultancy work for the Cancer Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sub-committee, National Heart Foundation (NSW) and TAFE (NSW), the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development, Cancer Institute NSW, and several NSW Area Health Services.


An integrated, culturally competent approach to incorporating mental health in chronic disease management

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