Vanessa Vaughan

They/Them, BSc (Hons), PhD, GCHELT, Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M500), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr. Vaughan is Sub-Dean for Global Medicine. They are a proactive and driven translational researcher committed to life-long learning and conducting research with tangible outputs in patient populations. Their research focuses on the way that people interact with and experience health services, particularly improving outcomes for people with cancer cachexia by applying evidence-based interventions in person-centered care. Dr Vaughan has extensive experience working with students, staff and clients from varied backgrounds, in particular Indigenous Australians, and areas where English is not the first language. 

Roles and responsibilities

Senior Lecturer, Global Medicine
Sub Dean, Global Medicine
Associate Dean (Global MD Students)

Research interests

Patient and carer experiences of cancer cachexia (muscle loss)

Health literacy in community settings

Medical Education (Global Health, LGBTQIA+ Health, Indigenous Health)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, Graduate Certificate of Higher Education (Learning & Teaching), Deakin University

Mar 2018Mar 2021

Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, Cancer Cachexia: A Molecular Nutrition Approach, Deakin University

Feb 2012Dec 2014

Science, Bachelor of Science (Forensic Biology; Honours), Deakin University

Mar 2006Oct 2009

External positions

Affiliate Senior Lecturer, Public Health Medicine, Deakin University

Mar 2023 → …

Vice President Student Affairs (Global MD), University of Arizona

Feb 2023 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • cancer cachexia
  • Cancer and palliative care services research
  • Medical education
  • patient experience


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