Dr Moana Tane

Dr Moana Tane

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary


Dr Moana Tane is an Indigenous Maori woman, from the Northland region of Aotearoa and connects to the tribe of Te Roroa and the sub tribes of Ngati Korokoro and Ngati Hine of Tai Tokerau.

Dr Tane has a background as an educator, and joined the public health sector in 2006, working for Auckland Regional Public Health. As a Smokefree Regional Coordinator, Dr Tane facilitated workforce development and training and the Smokefree network in Auckland and Northland across a large forum of stakeholders, including not-for-profits, non-government and government agencies.

From 2007 until 2012, Dr Tane worked in national roles firstly, with the Pharmaceutical Management Agency and then as CEO with Te Hotu Manawa Maori, an Indigenous workforce development and health promotion organisation, focused on improving Maori heart health through smoking cessation, nutrition and physical activity.

In 2011 Dr Tane completed her Master of Public Health with first class honours and in 2012, Dr Tane took up a Regional Coordinator role with the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program in the Kimberley, WA. Following this position, Dr Tane moved to the Northern Territory to begin her PhD studies living and working in a remote Aboriginal community on Elcho Island, and during her research, later moved to Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land. In 2015, having completed data collection among residents of the Marthakal, Miwatj and Laynhapuy Homelands remote communities, Dr Tane took up a senior management role in an Aboriginal Health Service in the Kimberley where she managed a Health Promotion team, and continued the analysis of her study data.

In 2017 Dr Tane accepted an Advisor role with the University of Newcastle with the SISTAQUIT randomised controlled trial, and was involved in the early establishment of the recruitment for stakeholder engagement of this project.

Later in 2017, Dr Tane moved to the Central Desert and lived and worked on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands in the remote community of Warakurna (Giles) where she stayed for 18 months as Public Health Manager, overseeing TIS, Environmental Health and Mental Health programs. In 2018, she moved to a social services organisation in the Goldfields WA and continued her thesis by publication until in 2019 receiving conferral in April 2020.

At the same time, Dr Tane was appointed the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the iSISTAQUIT research project, with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle. She contributes to the team remotely from Kalgoorlie WA where she is based.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (IAS), Charles Darwin University
  • Master of Public Health with Honours (First Class), Auckland University of Technology


  • Denormalisation
  • Health Promotion
  • Indigenous Health
  • Public Health
  • Remote Aboriginal Communities
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stigmatisation
  • Tobacco Control


  • Maori (New Zealand) (Fluent)
  • Tok Pisin (Neomelanesian) (Fluent)
  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 33
111708 Health and Community Services 34
111712 Health Promotion 33

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr Moana Tane


Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Research Assistant and Cultural Advisor
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email moana.tane@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 0415 113 206


Building Working from home
Location Working from home