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Staff Profile: Sabina Knight

Sabina Knight



Role at MICRRH

Professor Sabina Knight the Director of the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH), James Cook University - comes from an extensive background in remote and Indigenous primary health care, public health and education.


A Remote Area Nurse originally from NSW, Professor Knight has worked exclusively in remote Australia and neighbouring regions. She gained her Master of Tropical Health from the University of Queensland and has held various remote health practice, service and academic roles, including extensive work as a RAN in very remote communities of Central Australia. Sabina has served on numerous national, state and regional committees and advisory councils and is the current chair of the Australian Rural Health Education Network. Her leadership roles have included foundation roles with the Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia; the National Rural Health Alliance, the Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association and as a commissioner with the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.

Research Topics

Sabina’s professional interests and activities have primarily focused on health inequalities - remote, isolated, vulnerable populations and rural health, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and health workforce maldistribution.

Achievements/Professional Roles

A  2009 finalist of the NT Australian of the Year and Centenary Medallist she has also been recognised by the profession and the discipline of remote health. She is a Fellow of Rural Leadership Australia, Fellow of CRANA plus, and of the College of Nursing Australia and a graduate of a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Under Professor Knight’s leadership MICRRH has doubled in size, capacity and footprint across outback Queensland. A strong collaborator and networker Professor Knight brings together people, resources, communities and services with common interests and passion to innovate and build a brighter future in and for outback Australia.