We are very pleased to welcome Mr Kootsy Canuto to the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health. Kootsy has begun his higher degree research in Indigenous men’s health at the South Australian Institute of Medical Research (SAHMRI) under the supervision of SAHMRI Aboriginal Research Theme Leader, Professor Alex Brown and Centre Director, Professor Gary Wittert.
Kootsy is a Torres Strait Islander, born and bred in Cairns, Far North Queensland. His grandmother is a Gumulgal woman of the Wagadagam clan, from Mabiaug Island in the Torres Straits; their totem is the salt water crocodile.
Kootsy believes that postgraduate studies in research, starting with a Masters, and then a PhD, will best equip him with the skills he needs to make a meaningful contribution to the improvement of the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians. Unfortunately Indigenous Australian men have disproportionately high rates of cardiovascular disease, depression and psychosocial stress; they also underutilise health services. Addressing issues of access by designing services specifically for Indigenous men is essential if health and social services are going to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous Australian men.