School of Population Health

Indigenous Health 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 Ilse Blignault
Visiting Senior Lecturer

Within the broad area of psychiatry/mental health, Ilse's research interests include transcultural mental health, the social and emotional well-being of Indigenous Australians, primary mental health care and telepsychiatry (e-mental health). Other broad areas of interest are global health, multicultural health and cross-cultural research methods and ethics. She works closely with the Indigenous Health group, and provides methodological and specialist content advice across a range of cross-cultural research and evaluation projects.


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Sallie Cairnduff
Project Manager Ironbark Trial, School of Population Health and The George Institute for Global Health

Sallie is a public health practitioner with experience in leading and delivering health programs with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, predominately in NSW. Her approach is to work collaboratively with Aboriginal, government and non-government services to build on existing capacity of local organisations to address their community’s needs.  Sallie is particularly interested in research that has an immediate translation to service delivery.


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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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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Telphia Joseph
Associate Lecturer

Ms Telphia Joseph is a Wajarri Yamatji woman from Western Australia. Community Development was her first passion which led to her interest in environmental health and otitis media. Telphia has a qualitative research base and in a previous life acted in a liaison position between the National Immunisation Committee and service providers offering immunisation programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her Master of Philosophy involved an evaluation of immunisation activities provided by Aboriginal Medical Services within NSW and their reporting procedures to the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. Telphia’s area of interest has recently widened to investigate what ‘Supports the retention and career development of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce in Urban New South Wales'.


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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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Dr Sophia Lin

Sophia’s primary research focus is investigating pragmatic strategies to prevent and control chronic diseases and related risk factors in international settings. Areas of research include: assessing the effectiveness of community-controlled health promotion strategies on chronic disease risk factors in Fiji and Sri Lanka; cervical cancer screening in Fiji, intimate partner violence and women’s sexual and reproductive health in Uganda; and effectiveness of improving literacy in adult Aboriginal Australians on social and wellbeing outcomes.




Dr Rob Menzies
Senior Lecturer

Rob Menzies has more than 20 years’ experience in communicable disease control, specialising in vaccine preventable disease epidemiology, evaluation of immunisation programs, and applying vaccines to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. His research interests include improving immunisation program delivery, continuous quality improvement, and the use of large routine data collections.


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Dr Lois Meyer
Senior Research Fellow, Postgraduate Learning and Teaching, Associate Dean Education

Lois undertakes strategic curriculum development and instructional design across the postgraduate programs.  Lois has a strong research interest in tracing the learning and career trajectories of the School's students and the implications of their postgraduate studies for strengthening capacity in health organisations. Her background is in health professional educational and workplace learning with an emphasis on Human Resource Development and workforce capacity. Her areas of principal research interests are in curriculum design, professional education and workplace learning. 


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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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Professor Richard Taylor
Professor International Public Health

Richard Taylor is involved in several international research studies, including mortality and cause of death, and control of NCD in Pacific Island Countries, and in several national research studies, including Indigenous mortality assessment.


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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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