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Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Island in Queensland. She has over 20 years work experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, the last 15 specialising in health.
Professor Shannon was appointed as the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) at The University of Queensland in early 2011 - its first senior management position dedicated to improving Indigenous education - and is responsible for leading the implementation of the Indigenous strategy and strengthening leadership within the University in relation to Indigenous Education, as well as building links with the community. She is also the Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.
Cindy previously held the position as Director of the Centre for Indigenous Health and guided the development and implementation of Australia's first degree level program that specifically targeted Aboriginal health workers and also led the establishment of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in South East Queensland in 2010.
She chaired the national Indigenous Australians' Sexual Health Committee for the period 2001-2008 and in 2008 was appointed chair of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on AIDS, Sexual Health and Hepatitis. She also participated in the 2020 Summit as a member of the group advising on a long term national health strategy.