Dr Ignacio Correa-Velez’s first-hand experience in working as a clinician in a context of civil conflict has had a profound influence on his career and has developed his passion for the social determinants of health and mental health.
Ignacio is the Co-CEO (Impact and Innovation) for Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT), and Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Over the past 16 years, Ignacio has worked in the migrant and refugee health field; developing a good understanding of the mental health issues faced by humanitarian migrants, and also the social and environmental determinants of their health and wellbeing. Since completing his PhD in Public Health in early 2004, Ignacio has developed a substantial body of research and expertise in refugee health and settlement, with a particular interest in longitudinal studies.
Prior to arriving in Australia in 1996, Ignacio worked in Colombia as a general practitioner and as a lecturer of Family Medicine and Community Health.
Between 2007 and 2018, Ignacio was a member of the Management Committee of AMPARO Advocacy Inc, a non-profit community organisation that provides independent individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people from cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds with disability.