Dr Tinashe Dune’s research, teaching and publications focus on sexual marginalization and health inequities. Namely she explores the phenomenological experiences of sexuality, sexual health, sexual wellbeing and cross-cultural understandings of sexuality in marginalised populations (i.e., GLBTIQ people, ageing populations, people with disabilities, women’s health, African women, Indigenous women). Her academic pursuits and interests are supported by several years of hands-on community outreach work. For instance, she has dedicated herself to the Sex Worker Outreach Program (SWOP) in Sydney and made trips to Western Australia and Queensland to provide support to sex workers from various backgrounds. Tinashe has also been a Disability Support Worker for several years in Canada for students attending Carleton University with physical disability. Tinashe has also interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland with the Violence, Injury and Disability and Reproductive Health Research Units. She also functions as an Honorary Research Associate for the Collaborative Research Network Mental Health and Well-being (funded by the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations) at the University of New England and has been an Honorary Research Associate for Australian ICF Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program (AIDARRP) at the University of Sydney. In her role as Vice-Chair, Research and Development for African Women Australia she actively seeks funding for, conducts and disseminates findings from research done by AWAU and its collaborators.
At the University Tinashe is a Lecturer in Interprofessional Health Science and Academic Course Advisor and Online Curriculum Coordinator for the Master of Public Health and the Master of Health Science. 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. She co-chaired the Inagural UWS Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Float 2015 which brought together staff, students and community to demonstrate the University’s commitment to insitutionalising acceptance. Since completing her PhD in 2011 she has published a multitude of books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at conferences. She also led a group of fellow academics towards the collaborative development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled “Sexuality-Based Prejudice and Discrimination” and is utilising this expertise in her coordination of the development of both the University’s Master of Public Health and Master of Health Science online curriculum. As a result of her work Tinashe 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 dissemination of her research in a multitude of media outlets such as SBS and the ABC.
- Culture and Health
- Indigenous Health
- Interprofessional Education (IPE) in Health
- Marginalised Communities
- Migrant Health
- Sexual Health and Wellbeing