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Cordia Chu

Professor and Director
School of Medicine
+61 (0)7 3735 7458 (Work)
N13 -1.23B, Nathan Campus

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Research, education and professional background: With a PhD in medical sociology and medical anthropology, Chu has a keen interest on translational research. Her key areas of expertise are: environment and health, health-promoting settings, international health and development, reproductive health, health promotion and integrated health planning, workplace health and safety management, community participation and stakeholder engagement, community needs assessment and policy development. Her current focus has extended to climate change adaptation and health, collaborative partnerships, leadership, risk communication and decision-making. She has won 32 research and project grants, 48 international and 26 Australian consulting and advisory projects and served on numerous professional committees. Research Supervision and publications: Winner of Griffith University 2010 excellence in higher research supervision award, Chu has supervised to completion 6 post-doctoral fellows, 25 PHDs, 3 Mphils, 6 honours and over 45 masters. Her team is currently supervising 24 PhDs. She has published five books, over 130 Journal articles and chapters, 2 policy/guidelines, 4 commissioned research communication booklets, 5 documentaries films and has delivered 40 key note addresses and over 90 invited presentations in international conferences. Capacity building: Chu has been active in the capacity building in public health. Her team has won 11 rounds of Australian Leadership Award and trained over 200 leadership fellows from eleven countries including Australia. Education and Awards • 1986 PhD. Queensland University, in Medical Sociology & Medical Anthropology; • Honoury member of the Australian Environmental Health Association since 2007; • 2014 Vietnam Government Medal for contribution to People’s Health; 2013 Member of the Order of Australia (AM); 2012 Griffith International Inaugural Award for Internationalization; 2009 Winner of Excellence in Service for Griffith Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology; 2008 Winner of Griffith U’s Higher Degree Research Supervision; and 2008 QLD Government Edu& Training (QETI) Award for Best Practice in international collaborations. Fields of Expertise • Environment and population health, health promotion, reproductive health, workplace health, global health • Translational research, research design and planning, health planning and policy development, risk communication and decision-making, community needs assessment, climate change adaptation Selected Project Experience • 2014-15 Task Force Member, Health Promoting Hospitals and Environment Task Force, International Network for Health Promoting Hospitals. • 2013 Senior Consultant &Team leader, “Development of training material for vulnerable groups - Communicating the health risks of extreme heat in China, commissioned by DFID; • 2013 Team leader with Cunrui Huang and Dung Phung, “Climate change. Safe water and Public health in the Asia-pacific region.” Commissioned research by CSIRO-Australia; • 2007-14 Project Director, eleven rounds of Australian Public Health Leadership Professional Development Program (Global) on emerging health challenges, urban health, climate change and health, emergency management from pandemic to disasters, environmental health, maternal health . AusAID. • 2010-12 International Health Expert advising Guangdong Provincial CDC climate change and health project, Sub-Project of China-UK-Swiss Collaborative Project: Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC). • 2012-13Member of the Leadership Group in Research Integration and Publications, DFID/SWISS/China for the Adapting to Climate change in China (ACCC) project. • 2009-11 Senior consultant and project leader, Tasmania Premier Department and Cabinet for a Healthy@Work Professional Development Program • Selected Publications: Phung D T, Connell D & Chu C (2015) “A new method for setting guidelines to protect human health from agricultural exposure by using chlorpyrifos as an example” in Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine 2015 Vol 22, No2, 275-280. Ma WJ, Zeng WL, Zhou Mg, Wang LJ, Rutherford S,Lin HL, Liu T, Zhang YH, Xiao JP, Zhang YW, Wang XF, Gu X, and Chu Cordia (2015) “The short-term effect of heat waves on mortality an dits modifiers in China: An analysis from 66 communities” in Environmental International 75(2015) 103-109. Xia JH, Rutherford S, Ma YZ, Wu L, Gao S, Chen TT, Liu X, Zhang XH and Chu, C (2015) “Obstacles to the coordination of delivering integrated prenatal HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B testing services in Guangdong: using a needs assessment approach” in BMC Health Services Research (2015) 15:117. DOI 10.1186/s12913-015-0760-0


  • Member
    Griffith Asia Institute2003


  • BSociology Hons Bachelor of Sociology (Honours)
    Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Master of Arts
    Indiana University