Knowledge Translation

Translational research and service underpins Jaya Dantas’s academic career. She has established strong collaborations nationally and globally including with community organisations, health services and governments. The research interventions from her grants have been used by community organisations and other researchers across the world in USA, Canada, South Africa, India and Australia. The research results assist in informing advocacy and policy change in the areas of refugee, migrant and gender issues. She has significant experience in national submissions, policy revisions, and advocating for policy change. Partnering with Jaya Dantas on projects has enabled community partner Ishar to offer its clients services that are grounded in evidence and have supported their submissions for program funding. In July 2018, the Photovoice research report was quoted in the Labor Party’s dissenting statement to the Federal government’s proposed changes to citizenship legislation and English language hours for refugees and migrants. In her national roles she has assisted in submissions to the National Women’s Health Strategy for 2020-2030, the Department of Home Affairs response to the Afghan Crisis, and Australia’s Migration Policy.

Community Roles

  • Foster Care – Department of Child Protection, Western Australia (2002 – current)
  • Invited Board Member – Melville Senior High School, Melville, Western Australia (2018 – 2021)
  • Deputy Chair & Board Member – Ishar Multicultural Women’s Centre, Western Australia (2013 – 2019)
  • Board Member – Centacare Employment and Training (NFP), Western Australia (2005 – 2021)

University Roles

  • Professor of International Health – Curtin School of Population Health (2003 – current)
  • Member – Faculty Strategic Research Committee (2011 – current)
  • Member – University Graduate Studies Committee (2011 – current)
  • Dean International – Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University (2018 – current)
  • Member – University Global Positioning Committee, Deans International Committee (2018 – current)
  • Deputy Chair – Curtin University Academic Board (2021 – current)
  • Dean Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging – Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University (2022 – current)
  • Chair – Curtin University Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Committee (2023 – current)
  • Member – Faculty Academic Board (2011 – 2018)
  • Chair – Faculty Research Training Committee (2011 – 2017)
  • Director of Graduate Studies – Faculty of Health Sciences (2011 – 2017)
  • Postgraduate Teaching – Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health
  • Postgraduate Research Supervision – research supervision of over 32 research students to completion for their PhD and MPhil degrees and over 50 students for their coursework Master’s research projects

National Roles

  • Member – Women in Global Health, Committee on Global Health Leadership, Australia (2021 – current)
  • President – Australian Graduate Women (2019 – current)
  • Fellow – Public Health Association of Australia (2013 – current)
  • Convenor – International Relations and Status of Women (2008 – current)
  • Convenor – Public Health Association of Australia, International Health Special Interest Group (SIG) (2008 – current)
  • Board Member – Public Health Association of Australia (2011 – 2015)

International Roles

  • Life Member – Rwanda Association of University Women (2011 – current)
  • Graduate Women International Delegate – to the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations (2015 – current)
  • International reviewer – for The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights research programme (2017)
  • Invited Fellowship – by the Cuban Society of Public Health and Latin American School of Medicine, La Habana, Cuba (2016)
  • Peer reviewer – Qatar National Research Fund to undertake research (2014, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Invited Fellowship – to WZB (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung), Berlin Centre for Social Sciences, Berlin, Germany (2014)

Policy & Advocacy


  • PHAA Policy Updates – PHAA International Health SIG (2023)
  • Online Lecture – Application of digital technology in epidemic prevention and control. Public Health Advanced Training Programme in China (2023)
  • Presentation to Global Public Health Week Webinar – ‘Telehealth and COVID – reflections from Australia’. World Federation of Public Health Association (2023)
  • Presentation to Canadian Federation of University Women and Graduate Women International Program (2023)
  • Hosting, co-ordinating and presenting – African delegation from Rwanda and Ethiopia (2023)
  • Presentation at International Women’s Day Panel event – Women in Education and Women’s Health. Indian Consulate (2023)
  • Professional Development Online Seminar – Women Leaders in Higher Education. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (2023)
  • Education, research and innovation synergies across AAUN and regions – Australia Africa Knowledge Teamwork: Policies, Priorities, People (2023)
  • Open forum Guest Speaker – Conflict resolution for Migrant women. African-Women Leadership, Empowerment And Development (A-LEAD) Program (2023)
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Serving CaLD Communities (2023)
  • Voices of Resilience – a showcase of community projects undertaken by Curtin University & reflections on my journey across nations. nuID Podcast Launch Event (2023)
  • Reflections in PHAA International Health SIG – PHAA Health SIG meeting (2023)
  • International Education Event – “Realising our potential with India through international education”.  Australia India Business Council (AIBC) and Consulate General of India Perth (2023)
  • Round Table Discussion – Domestic and Family Violence and Services for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Women. Communicare (2023)
  • Presenting the Shakti Project – COVID-19 Realities, Domestic and Family Violence and CALD Women. NOMUC Networking Forum (2023)
  • Attendance at the Curtin sponsored event – ‘The Voice to Parliament’. Run by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) (2023)
  • Presenting the Shakti Project – COVID-19 Realities, Domestic and Family Violence and CALD Women. Domestic Violence & Mental Health Forum. Federation of Indian Associations of WA (2023)
  • Presentation to Mexican Federation of University Women Event – Sharing experiences and good practices in innovation, technological change and education in the digital age to achieve equality of gender and the empowerment of all women and girls. At the sixty-seventh session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67) (2023)
  • Presentation to Canada Federation of University Women Event – Delivering Online Education: Experiences from Australia, Rwanda, Gambia and Canada. At the sixty-seventh session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67) (2023)
  • Invited to expert consultation session – the Multicultural Framework Review. Curtin University (2023)
  • Submission to the Department of Home Affairs – Australia’s Permanent Migration Program (2023)


  • Presentation at SDG Symposium – Curtin University (2022)
  • Celebrating Western Australian Women’s Panel – Allen’s 200 years Women’s Panel Event (2022)
  • Death and Dying interviews – Centre for Stories, State Library (2022)
  • Panel Conversation – You Only Die Once. Centre for Stories, State Library (2022)
  • Lecture on gender equality – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Curtin Singapore (2022)
  • Gala Day presentation – Graduate Women Western Australia (GWWA) (2022)
  • Curtin Academy – Illumination: Indigenous & CALD Panel. Creating bridges across the unfamiliar. Supporting learners from Aboriginal and Torre Island Strait and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (2022)