Associate Professor Tinashe Dune

Tinashe Dune


Associate Professor in Interprofessional Health Sciences


Dr Tinashe Dune is a multi-award winning academic in the areas of health sociology and public health. Her research, teaching and practice focus on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in the context of marginalisation. This includes the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people, those living with disability, ageing populations, LGBTIQ-identifying people and Indigenous populations. Dr Dune utilises mixed-methods approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives which support multidimensional understandings of the lived experience, health outcomes and ways to improve wellbeing.

As a result of her work Dr Dune has been nationally recognised by the Council of Academic Public Health Insitutions Australia and Western Sydney University for her excellence and innovation in Public Health teaching. She has also been recognised as an ambassador against bigotry and an advocate for diversity and inclusion by the Australian National University’s Freilich Foundation. Dr Dune’s expertise in the area of marginalisation and health is also endorsed by the publication of her research in high quality journals, books, book chapters and national policy documents as well as a multitude of media outlets such as SBS and the ABC.

Her work is supported by several years of hands-on community and NGO outreach work across Australia and internationally. She worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland with the Violence, Injury and Disability and Reproductive Health Research Units. She has had roles as Honorary Research Fellows at the University of Sydney and the University of New England. In her role as Director, Research and Development for African Women Australia she actively engages with academic, industry and community stakeholders to conduct and implement translational research. Dr Dune also advocates and engages with national and international stakeholders in her role as co-Convenor of the Public Health Association Australia' Women's Health Group.

At Western Dr Dune teaches in the Interprofessional Health Science program, is Academic Course Advisor for the MPH and MHSc and led the development of its online curriculum. She is also co-Convenor of the Ally Network which is a group of staff and students who are committed to creating an inclusive and respectful culture for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community members.

Research Interests

  • Culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Health sociology
  • Indigenous health
  • Interprofessional education (IPE) in health
  • Migrant health
  • Public health
  • Sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing
  • Social determinants of health


  • Public Health Association of Australia (2014)
  • African Women Australia (2013)


  • Ally Network, University of Western Sydney
  • African Women Australia

Qualifications and Recognition

  • CAPHIA Commendation for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Teaching (Early Career) 2015-09-10
  • Researcher Development Strategic Initiative Funding Early Career Researcher Grant 2015-07-02
  • Researcher Development Strategic Initiative Funding 2015-07-02
  • Image Scholar Award for 2010-07-01
  • Western Sydney University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award 2015-12-18
  • Australian National University - Freilich Foundation ECR Award 2015-06-01
  • Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Sydney 2009-02-01
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Grant Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney 2011-06-15
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Grant Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney 2010-06-15
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) Grant Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney 2009-06-15
  • MPH Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BA(Psych)(Hons) Carleton University (Canada)

Research and Publications

Contact Details
Telephone+61 2 4620 3655
LocationCampbelltown Campus