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With a strong background in education and health, Professor Shane Houston leads the University of Sydney's institution-wide strategy to advance Indigenous participation, engagement, education and research.
Professor Houston was previously executive director of systems performance and Aboriginal policy with the NT Department of Health and Families. He has been actively engaged in Aboriginal advancement issues for more than 30 years at a community level, working in government and in a number of international settings, including various United Nations-related activities. He has a long-standing interest in the development of culturally secure health services and systems, and in health economics - especially in finding greater equity in how health systems allocate and use resources.
Professor Houston took up his position as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) in April 2011. He had previously been a board member of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Lowitja Institute.