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Associate Professor Jacinta Elston is a descendent of both the Kalkadoon people of north-west Queensland, and the South Sea Islander people who were bought to Australia as part of the practice of Black Birding. She is a master's graduate with Public Health and Tropical Medicine qualifications from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences at James Cook University.
Associate Professor Elston chairs the James Cook University Medical School's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Selection Committee, and is a current member of the Research Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia, having previously served on the NHMRC's Research Agenda Working Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Jacinta is also an independent ministerial appointee to the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre, and has served on the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Council.
Associate Professor Elston joined JCU in 1992 and was appointed Associate Professor Indigenous Health, in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1999, and Associate Dean Indigenous Health of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences in 2003. Jacinta was seconded to the School of Indigenous Australian Studies as the Acting Head of School.