Our People

Louisa Jorm

Louisa Jorm 

Director, Centre for Health Research and Foundation Professor of Population Health, School of Medicine. Her areas of expertise include data linkage, use of routinely collected health data and facilitating the policy and practice uptake of research. She is an investigator on research projects that have been awarded more than $9M in competitive grant funding since joining UWS in 2007. She is Chief Investigator of the Outcomes, Services, Policy for the Reproductive and Early Years (OSPREY) capacity building program, which has been funded by the NHMRC to build methods and capacity for the analysis of linked health datasets to answer policy-relevant questions about the health of mothers, babies and children. She leads two current NHMRC-funded projects that are using linked data and multilevel modeling to investigate health outcomes: Indigenous Health Outcomes Patient Evaluation (IHOPE) and Assessing Preventable Hospitalisation Indicators (APHID). She is a member of two NHMRC Principal Committees for the current triennium: Research Committee and Prevention and Community Health Committee.

Professor Phillipa Hay

Phillipa Hay

Professor of Mental Health, School of Medicine, is well known nationally and internationally for her work and area expertise in eating disorders. She leads a diverse research program with broad goals to reduce community and individual burden from eating disorders. These include seminal publications in analytic epidemiologic studies, treatments in eating disorders, and meta-analyses as well as primary research. She is past-President of the Australian Academy for Eating Disorders, current deputy-Chair of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration, current Co-Chair of the Sisterhood Affiliate and Chapters Committee, member of the scientific committee and Co-Chair 2014 conference committee of the International Academy for Eating Disorders, and past co-convenor of the 2006 Eating Disorders Research Society scientific meeting. She is Chief Investigator on two NHMRC grants and one ARC grant. In 2012 she became the founding Editor-in-Chief (with Prof Stephen Touyz) of the Journal for Eating Disorders (opens in a new window)

Jane Ussher

Jane Ussher

Professor, Centre for Health Research, was awarded a personal chair in Women's Health Psychology in 2002, and has been working on research on gendered health, since she started her PhD in 1983. Her research focuses on examining gendered factors underlying mental health problems; subjectivity and identity in relation to the reproductive body and sexuality; and the gendered experience of cancer and cancer caring. As a trained clinical psychologist, she has also made a contribution to the integration of research and clinical practice in women's health, and has developed a women centred psychological treatment for PMS. She is currently CI on 4 ARC grants, examining a couples intervention for PMS;  sexuality concerns for people with cancer and their partners; constructions and experiences of fertility after cancer; and smoking in young women . Jane is editor of the Routledge Women and Psychology book series, and author of a number of books, including The Psychology of the Female Body (Routlege 1989), Women's Madness: Misogyny or Mental Illness? (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991), Fantasies of Femininity: Reframing the Boundaries of Sex (Pengin, 1997), Managing the Monstrous Feminine: Regulating the Reproductive Body (Routledge, 2006), and Women’s Madness: Myth or Experience? (Routledge 2011).


Professor Anthony Maeder

Anthony Maeder

Professor of Health Informatics, School of Computing and Mathematics, has been working on ICT methods to support Services and Outcomes needs. He has developed an adaptive stability-based approach to clustering for data mining in sparse data environments, for example analysing demographic patterns of health service use using admissions records, which have low demographic content. Other projects include a web-based application for promotion of wellness through recoding of exercise and nutrition data, leading to performance monitoring in peer group “challenge” activities, computerisation of the collection and analysis of consultation session data in Traditional Chinese Medicine, methods for dealing with data volume and messaging in telehealth environments where integration with electronic health records is necessary, and establishing the “Smart Space” computer laboratory in the School of Computing & Mathematics, which will allow collection and analysis of fine grained human movement and physiological signals data to measure effectiveness of various assistive technologies and ICT based device usage, in healthcare scenario settings.

AndrewPage

Andrew Page

Professor of Public Health in the School of Science and Health, with 10 years research experience in epidemiology, psychology and public health research, and a developed track record in social determinants of health, suicide and mental health, injury prevention, breast cancer screening, sexual health, agricultural health, and adverse events following immunisation. Broad areas of interest include communicable and non-communicable disease outcomes using life-course, genetic and cultural epidemiology approaches, and cross-sectional and longitudinal designs at both ecological and individual levels. Andrew has also been involved in international research and capacity building projects in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, China and New Zealand. Andrew is also the Director of Academic Programs the Masters of Public Health and Health Science courses in the School of Science and Health.


Hillary Bambrick

Hilary Bambrick

Associate Professor in Population Health, School of Medicine, is an environmental epidemiologist and bioanthropologist whose principal research interests include the health impacts of climate variability and change, especially on more vulnerable populations here and abroad, and climate adaptation planning for better heath. She leads a team under the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship Health Cluster that is investigating vulnerability, impacts and adaptation in Australian urban environments, and another project that seeks to quantify health impacts on Australia’s Indigenous population. Her international collaborations include research in the Pacific and Africa. The health outcomes she is particularly interested in include respiratory and vector-borne disease, child growth and development, and obesity-related disease. Hilary is also a Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University and Research Fellow at the Australia Institute. She consults for government, having led the health impacts assessment for the Garnaut Climate Change Review and the Health Synthesis for the Sydney Adaptation Strategy. In 2011 she received a NSW Young Tall Poppy Award for outstanding achievements in scientific research and communication.

Janette Perz

Janette Perz

Associate Professor, Centre for Health Research, has a track record of highly productive collaborations in sexual and reproductive health research programs. She has been a chief investigator on 4 ARC grants, an associate investigator on 2 ARC projects and has been awarded several external research contracts and competitive University grants. Her research encompasses three related programs of research. Firstly, a significant research program in psycho-oncology including the evaluation of gendered experiences and interventions for cancer carers; research on sexual experiences and interventions for couples facing cancer; and an examination of changes to fertility across a range of cancer types. Secondly, a program of research in sexual and reproductive health including the experience of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in heterosexual and lesbian relationships; the development of and evaluation of a couple-based psychological intervention for PMS; sexual wellbeing and reproductive needs in CALD populations; and sexual and psychological wellbeing during menopause and midlife. Thirdly, research in mental health, early intervention and primary care models including cognitive-behavioural interventions for disadvantaged groups; interventions for post-partum depression; and gender and therapy referrals in general practice.

Federico Girosi

Federico Girosi

Associate Professor, Centre for Health Research, is currently an investigator in the Geographic and Resource Analysis in Primary Health Care Centre (GRAPHC) initiative, a project that studies the geographic variation of primary care variables. Dr Girosi holds a PhD in Health Policy from Havard University and worked at the RAND Corporation between 2003 and 2011 as a health economist and modeler. At RAND he was the leader of the modeling team that developed the COMPARE microsimulation model for the analysis of health insurance reform. Dr Girosi has also contributed to the development of the Future of the Elderly Model (FEM), a microsimulation model that can be used to predict the health status and the medical expenditures of the US population age 51 and older. In 2006 Dr Girosi led the modeling effort for a Gates Foundation project aiming to evaluate the benefits of introducing new diagnostic tools in the developing world. In addition, he was part of a RAND team that quantified the cost and benefits of widespread adoption of electronic medical records systems in health care. He also holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Genoa, Italy, and conducted research for 10 years at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

mel_taylorMel Taylor

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Health Research, is an Occupational Psychologist working in the area of risk communication, preparedness, and psychosocial response to a wide range of threats, disasters, and emergencies. Her specific research interests are in risk perception, protection motivation, and preparedness and response to low probability/high consequence events; such as chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) terrorism and emerging infectious diseases and zoonoses, such as Hendra virus. Mel has explored the use of social media in recent emergencies and disasters, and has recently been investigating the disaster preparedness of pet owners and the experiences of pet owners in natural disasters. Many of her projects are interdisciplinary and are systems-based, and her human-animal research is grounded in concept of One Health. Mel is currently lead researcher for a National Hendra Virus Research Program project focussed on understanding the risk mitigation practices of horse owners (HHALTER) and she is a chief investigator on an ARC grant investigating the resilience of Brisbane communities after the 2011 floods. Prior to her academic research career at the University of Western Sydney Mel worked for 17 years in Human Factors and Occupational Psychology research with the UK Ministry of Defence. 


Kathryn Nicholson Perry

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, completed her undergraduate studies in applied psychology at the University of Wales, College of Cardiff and her clinical psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. She completed her PhD (2008) in the Faculty of Medicine, University Sydney on the utility of the biopsychosocial model in spinal cord injury (SCI) pain and its management. She has worked in both clinical and research roles in the area of clinical health psychology in both the UK and Australia. Since completing her PhD, Kathryn has been a chief investigator on externally funded grants in excess of $1 million, on topics such as: the prevention of post traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain following motor vehicle accidents (administered by UWS and funded by the Motor Accident Authority); the use of internet delivered treatment programs for managing chronic pain (administered by Macquarie University and funded by the Motor Accident Authority); psychosocial aspects of spinal cord injury rehabilitation (administered by the University of Sydney and funded by the Lifetime Care and Support Authority); and the assessment of competencies on clinical practicum (administered by the University of Wollongong and funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council). 

Emilee Gilbert

Lecturer, School of Social Sciences and Psychology has expertise in qualitative methodologies, public health policies and practices, and the application of post-structural theory to the analysis of issues surrounding gender, health, and sexuality. Since completing her PhD in Sociology in 2003 at Macquarie University, she has continued a programme of research in the area of young women and cigarette smoking; and has also developed research in the area of sexuality and cancer. She is currently CI on 2 ARC grants, examining sexuality and intimacy post-cancer as well as fertility issues in the context of cancer. Emilee’s other research interests include the sexual wellbeing of women with breast cancer; the needs and concerns of cancer carers; and young women’s construction and experience of cigarette smoking.

Sanja Lujic

Sanja Lujic

Biostatistician, School of Medicine, has particular expertise in the analysis of routinely collected health data, longitudinal person-based data and linked health data. She is a chief investigator on the NHMRC-funded Indigenous Health Outcomes Patient Evaluation (IHOPE) project using linked hospital data to investigate factors contributing to inequalities in hospital outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Her current projects include the validation of comorbidity in the NSW hospital administrative data, and a larger body of work exploring comorbidity and multimorbidity concepts in NSW with regards to prevalence, trajectories and implications for healthcare utilisation and costs. Her other most recent projects include a study on healthcare amenable deaths and the utilisation of home and community care services in NSW.

Deborah Randall

Deborah Randall

Research Fellow, Centre for Health Research, has specific expertise in the analysis of routinely collected health data, and linked health data and in advanced statistical techniques including multilevel modelling. Before commencing at UWS in 2009, Deborah used linked administrative data to: examine mortality among people with drug and alcohol dependencies; monitor quality and safety in the NSW health system; and evaluate screening intervals for women with a family history of breast cancer. She is currently coordinating the Indigenous Health Outcomes Patient Evaluation (IHOPE) project, which is using multilevel modelling to explore the contributions of individual-, area and service-level factors to hospital outcomes for Indigenous people. Deborah is also a Chief Investigator on Dr Havard’s five-year NHMRC grant project, ‘Pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation during pregnancy and the inter-pregnancy period: a population-based cohort study’, which commenced in 2012.

Alys Havard

Alys Havard

Research Fellow, Centre for Health Research, has particular interest and expertise in the epidemiology of health service use associated with tobacco, alcohol and/or other drug use. Her PhD, completed at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (UNSW) in 2010, measured the burden from alcohol use on emergency departments in rural areas of Australia, and identified, implemented and evaluated a strategy for reducing this burden. She is currently leading a project investigating the use, effectiveness and safety of smoking cessation medications prior to and during pregnancy, with a specific focus on disadvantaged populations. She is undertaking an NHMRC funded postdoctoral research fellowship in which she is examining the epidemiology of smoking using data from the 45 and Up Study linked to health services data. She is also a team investigator on the Outcomes, Services, and Policy for the Reproductive and Early Years (OSPREY) NHMRC capacity building program, in which she is focusing on medication use during pregnancy and the associated health outcomes for mothers and babies.

Pavla Vaneckova

Research Fellow, Centre for Health Research, research focuses on the impact of climate and weather on human health; in particular, on how extremely high environmental temperatures affect people with chronic diseases and whether environmental, demographic, socio-economic factors and spatial location modify the risk of injury. She is currently participating in a research project investigating the vulnerability of the population of western Sydney to climate change. This will contribute to an ongoing effort to develop customised prevention and adaptation strategies for the area. In her research, she uses time series analysis, spatial statistical methods and geographic information systems.

Elizabeth Conroy

Elizabeth Conroy

Research Fellow, Centre for Health Research, completed her PhD on child maltreatment, opioid dependence and comorbid mental health in 2010 at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. She has particular expertise in undertaking health services research among marginalised populations. She is currently coordinating a 3-year evaluation of a ‘housing first’ model for chronically homeless adults with complex needs in Western Sydney and an evaluation of a pilot service aimed at sustaining individuals at risk of homelessness within their community of origin. Her other most recent projects include system and service integration in the homelessness, drug and alcohol, and mental health sectors, and contraception use and barriers to sexual health service utilisation among drug-dependent female clients.

Giselle Gallego

Gisselle Gallego

Research Fellow, joined the Centre for Health Research in 2011 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Hopkins her research focused on exploring stakeholders preferences for liver cancer control policies using discrete choice experiments. Her area of interest and expertise is undertaking and applying the results of economic evaluation to health services, the evaluation of health policy and the use of qualitative methods in health economics and health services research. She is a chief investigator in a NHMRC grant that aims to investigate service delivery and workforce retention issues of importance to policy-makers, service managers, and senior therapists providing services to people with disabilities in rural and remote western NSW.

Michael Falster

Michael Falster

Research Fellow, Centre for Health Research, has expertise in the analysis of routinely collected health data, including the analysis of linked data, and has experience in diverse areas such as Aboriginal health, cancer epidemiology, perinatal health, and transport injury. He is currently the project coordinator for the Assessing Preventable Hospitalisation Indicators (APHID) study, which is exploring the interaction of individual, hospital, and area level contributors to the risk and burden of Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations in NSW. His particular interests include statistical methods for exploring and identifying patterns of variation, such as multilevel modelling and meta-analyses.

Danielle Tran

Danielle Tran

Research Fellow, Centre for Health Research, has particular interest and expertise in the health service use associated with diabetes, culturally and linguistically diverse populations and analysis of linked health data. She is currently undertaking a NHMRC-funded research project investigating the utilisation of medications during pregnancy and the associated health outcomes among mothers and babies. This research will contribute to policy decisions regarding the extent to which medication use prior to and during pregnancy should be encouraged or discouraged, particularly for Indigenous and other disadvantaged mothers. Her other most recent projects using data linkage include hospitalisation and mortality among Vietnam-born Australians with diabetes; and best practice primary health care for older Australians with diabetes.

Xiao Feng

Xiaoqi Feng

Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Health Research (CHR), School of Medicine.  Xiaoqi has a background in Economics and Geography, and uses multilevel modelling, longitudinal data analysis, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in her research. Xiaoqi’s PhD research at the University of St Andrews used large datasets (e.g. the Office for National Statistics Longitudinal Study of England and Wales) and quantitative methods to investigate the effects of living in deprived and ethnically segregated neighbourhoods on life-chances over a ten year period. Since starting at CHR in 2012, Xiaoqi’s research has been on the Geographic and Resource Analysis in Primary Health Care (GRAPHC) project; a collaboration between CHR and colleagues at the Australian National University. Using The 45 and Up Study, linked Medicare Benefits Schedule, hospital records and mortality data, Xiaoqi and colleagues are using multilevel models, GIS and simulation methods to investigate spatial variation of health need, demand and cost, in association with the whereabouts of healthcare supply and how patients have chosen to interact with healthcare, to identify areas where resource allocation would reduce health inequities and inefficiencies in the primary healthcare system.

Amy Gibson

Amy Gibson

Research Fellow, Centre for Health Research, completed her PhD on mortality associated with maintenance treatments for opioid dependence at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in 2009. She also completed her Masters of Public Health at the University of Sydney in 2004. She has particular experience in the analysis of linked health data. Amy is currently a team investigator on the Outcomes, Services and Policy for the Reproductive and Early Years (OSPREY) NHMRC capacity building program, in which she is developing case control studies examining different infectious disease exposures and their impact on miscarriage and other adverse outcomes in pregnant women.

Bich Tran

Associate Research Fellow joined the Centre for Health Research in 2013 after completing a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. Her previous research expertise was to study the effect of sunlight, vitamin D on population health. Her current project is to investigate indicators of health-seeking behaviour and potentially preventable hospitalisation (PPH). She will use data from the 45 and Up Study and linkage to other health records including the NSW Admitted Patient Data Collection to identify PPH admissions and Medicare Australia for non-hospital medical care incidence.

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