About Me

STp271115_0604Dr Tinashe Dune is a multi-award winning Senior Lecturer in the areas of health sociology and public health and is also a provisional psychologist. Her research and teaching focuses on marginalised populations.  This includes the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people, those living with disability, ageing populations, LGBTIQ-identifying people and Indigenous populations. Dr Dune’s practice in psychology includes evidence-based therapy and assessment with children, adolescents, adult, couples and families with a range of psychological concerns and diagnoses.

As a result of her work Dr Dune has been nationally recognised by the Council of Academic Public Health Institutions 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 has also worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland with the Violence, Injury and Disability and Reproductive Health Research Units. She has also 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, has been Academic Course Advisor for the MPH and MHSc and led the development of its online curriculum (2015-2016). She was a co-Convenor of the Ally Network (2015-16) 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. Dr Dune utilises mixed-methods approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives which support multidimensional understandings of the lived experience, health outcomes and ways to improve wellbeing.



  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
  • Physical Disability
  • Indigenous Health
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE) in Health
  • Migrant Health
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Public Health
  • Health Sociology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Community Mental Health