School of Population Health

Child & Adolescent Health Our People

Dr Melanie Andersen
Research Fellow SPH, Honorary Research Fellow The George Institute for Global Health

Melanie has expertise in the social and environmental determinants of health across the life course. She uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to answer policy-relevant questions. Her focus is on collaborative, interdisciplinary work grounded in public health and epidemiology but informed by fields including sociology, urban planning and cultural studies. Much of Melanie’s work involves working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to address community priorities.

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Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste
Senior Lecturer & Director of UNSW Yunus Social Business for Health Hub

Anne is recognised both nationally and internationally for her expertise in Health Promotion, Sport for Development and Social Change, innovative community-based approaches for working with disadvantaged groups. Anne specialises in fostering the nexus between practice-based research, teaching and social impact. In 2006 Anne founded UNSW’s flagship sport for social change program, Football United, which promotes social inclusion for disadvantaged youth and their families using soccer/football as the vehicle.


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Dr Patricia Cullen
National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow

Patricia's research centres on strengthening health pathways for people who are disproportionately impacted by injury, violence and trauma with a focus on integrating trauma-informed care in health settings. Aligned with national priorities and recommendations for addressing trauma and violence, her research is informed by people’s preference to seek support in health settings and responds to services and peak bodies who have described a lack of coordination between sectors, and the need for enhanced workforce support to deliver optimal care.


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Dr Kathleen Falster
Senior Lecturer

Dr Falster's current research uses linked, cross-sectoral population and cohort study data to investigate child health, development and wellbeing, with a focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, including Aboriginal children and children who enter the child protection system. Her interest and expertise lie in the use of epidemiological methods, including cohort and data linkage studies, managing and analysing large and complex datasets, and the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged populations.


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Professor Rebecca Ivers
Head of School, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow

Rebecca Ivers leads a global research program focusing on the prevention and management of injury. Trained as an epidemiologist, her research interests focus on the prevention of injury, trauma care, and the research to policy transfer in both high and low income countries. She has a substantial program of research addressing the global burden of injury, with a particular focus on inequalities in injury in low income settings, and the prevention of injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


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Associate Professor Rohan Jayasuriya
Associate Professor

Global Health (health systems strengthening; Human Resources for Health, health information systems development and Program Evaluation) Organizational behaviour in technology adoption; Psycho-social factors in Chronic disease (Diabetes, Hepatitis C, Osteo-arthritis, Chronic Heart failure) and in ageing (stroke rehabilitation); Social epidemiology and health inequity.


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Associate Professor Bette Liu
Associate Professor Epidemiology

Bette Liu is a medically trained epidemiologist who specialises in large scale cohort and record linkage studies. She has worked in Australia in clinical medicine and as a Public Health Medical Officer. She completed her DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford. She has played significant roles in the development of large scale prospective studies both in Australia and overseas. The main focus of her work has been to identify potential public health prevention strategies for common diseases through the use of observational study designs with a particular focus on infectious diseases in adults and their longer term sequelae.


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Dr Sally Nathan
Senior Lecturer

Sally Nathan’s career has been focussed on what it means to effectively engage consumers and community, in particular those who have been historically excluded from participation and decision-making in societal organisations and structures, including complex health systems. Sally’s research at UNSW has focused on the use of innovative methodologies and methods to measure and understand complex social processes and social change and this has included research into consumer and community participation in health as well as research approaches which engage and partner directly with vulnerable and marginalised communities and the organisations that represent and advocate for them.


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Dr Patrick Rawstorne
Senior Lecturer International Public Health, Public Health and Health Services, Health Promotion

Behavioural surveillance surveys; survey based research; quantitative methods; data analysis; respondent driven sampling (RDS); the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs); mental health and HIV; capacity development training in research methods.


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Dr Rebecca Reynolds
Lecturer and nutritionist

Research focus on disordered eating and eating disorders (including orthorexia nervosa), eating psychology, body weight management and ethical nutrition. Regular consultant to the media and writer for The Conversation. Creator of ‘real nutrition and lifestyle’, nutrition and wider lifestyle consultancy. Passionate about: making real-world change, ethical eating, balance and evidence-based practice. Experience in academia, industry and government.


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