School of Population Health

Healthy Ageing 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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Ebony Lewis
Associate Lecturer 

Ebony Lewis has come from a background of Emergency nursing with a passion for improving the end-of-life experience for older people with advanced chronic illness. She has extensive experience in geriatrics assessment and gerontology research. Ebony is currently contributing to projects on prognostic preferences in hospitals, identification of elders at risk in in residential aged care, and optimising Advance Care Planning in general practice.


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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 Rona Macniven
Research Fellow

Dr Rona Macniven is an emerging early career researcher specialising in physical activity, sport, falls prevention and public health research. She commenced an appointment as Research Fellow – Healthy Ageing (0.5FTE) at UNSW in December 2018. Her research examines physical health and social and emotional wellbeing and the impact of physical activity and sport across the lifespan, particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Rona co-ordinates research on the Ironbark project, a multi-site, multi-institutional cluster randomised controlled trial to prevent falls among 600 Aboriginal adults age 45 years and above in 60 communities in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. She also leads other epidemiological and community evaluation research studies in collaboration with multiple academic institutions and community groups, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.


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Associate Professor Roslyn Poulos
Associate Professor in Healthy Ageing

Broad Research Areas - Injury, Population Health, Health Policy, Infectious Diseases, Gerontology/Geriatrics. Research Interests - Current research projects are in the area of injury prevention and the translation of research into policy and practice.


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Dr Holly Seale
Senior Lecturer, Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Health Services, Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology

Dr Seale has conducted behavioural research regarding infectious diseases and infection control. Recently, her work has focused on healthcare professional’s perceptions and behaviours regarding infectious diseases, particularly VPDs and examining new strategies for infection control using pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical measures. Her published studies have concerned communicable disease surveillance, social research, clinical trial outcomes, risk communication, immunisation coverage in at-risk groups, and the evaluation of education tools using qualitative and quantitative methods.


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Dr Adrienne Withall
Senior Lecturer

Adrienne is the Leader of the CHAMPION Team within the School and a descendant of the Kurial-Yuin saltwater people. The main aim of CHAMPION is to promote care and cognitive health in at-risk populations. Her research spans diverse populations, including those with young onset dementia and their supporters, people with chronic drug and alcohol use, the homeless, the prison population, and those who have sustained a head injury or concussion. Identifying risk factors to enable early intervention and promote optimal care is at the forefront of this research.


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Dr Aryati Yashadhana
Research Fellow

Areas of research expertise include Indigenous health, social determinants of health, intersectional health equity (gender, race, class), and international development. I specialise in qualitative and participatory methodologies, data collection and analysis in Australian (Indigenous) and international (Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, South East Asia) contexts; with a particular interest in Indigenous and decolonizing theories.


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