Named the 2011 Northern Territory Young Australian of the Year, Kalinda has worked in Indigenous health research since she was 17. She has completed an undergraduate degree in biomedical science and a masters degree in public health. She worked on the recruitment stage of theTop End Cohort study. Kalinda recently completed her PhD at Univerisy of Sydney in 2016. Her PhD in cancer epidemiology looked at intersecting disparities in care and outcomes for people with lung cancer.