Current members

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid is a Research Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). He is currently the Research Lead on the Hospital Entrance Re-Development Evaluation (HERE) Project for Liverpool Hospital, New South Wales (NSW). Andrew is also supporting the organization’s work around the development of a conceptual framework and stakeholder engagement for a Healthy Airport for Sydney’s second proposed airport at Badgerys Creek.  In addition to this, when needed, he works on projects within the Locational Disadvantage Stream including Community STaR (Community Service for Training and Research), which presently involves outreaching from Miller, NSW, on a regular basis. Prior to CHETRE, Andrew worked as a Health Promotion Officer for South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Primary and Community Health, from 2011 to 2017, where he was responsible for managing, developing, implementing and evaluating a wide range of health promotion programs and activities, at The HUB Community Health Centre, in Miller. In recognition of this work, in 2014, he was awarded the highly prestigious SWSRAC Award for Best Practice Initiative Working with Pacific Communities in South West Sydney. Andrew has over ten years of community development experience working in Government and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) across Sydney’s diverse and disadvantaged populations. He holds a Master degree in Politics and Public Policy and is currently completing dual Master degrees in International Public Health and Public Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

What sparked your interest in health equity?
I was and still am greatly influenced by the Late Dr Martin Luther King when he said “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

 

Evelyne deLeeuw

Evelyne de Leeuw joined CHETRE in September, 2015, and is based at the interface of health research, policy and practice at UNSW Australia, the South Western Sydney Local Health District/Population Health, and the Ingham Institute.

Professor de Leeuw holds a Masters in Health Policy and Administration (University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, 1985), MPH at the University of California at Berkeley in comparative health systems research (1986) and a PhD in health political science (Maastricht, 1989).

Since its initiation in 1986, she has been active in the international Healthy Cities movement. From 1992 to 2001 she held the position of Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research on Healthy Cities at the University of Maastricht. She assists WHO regionally and globally in Healthy City evaluation reporting, most recently in special issues of Health Promotion International and the Journal of Urban Health. She is known for her strong engagement with local health policies and politics and is a welcome speaker at both community and research events.
Professor De Leeuw has a reputation in building public health curricula in tertiary education around the world, establishing Schools of Public Health in The Netherlands, Denmark, advising such endeavours in Kazakhstan, Estonia and El Salvador, and negotiating a world class public health programme in the Medical School at Deakin University (Geelong, Australia).
She has been involved in WHO health promotion endeavours since the 1986 Ottawa Conference and attended all subsequent international health promotion conferences; at the fourth one (Jakarta, 1997) and eight one (Helsinki, 2013) she acted as conference rapporteur.

Evelyne held an appointment as Honorary Professor, Deakin University and currently at La Trobe University; Visiting Professor, Université de Montréal; and Visiting Professor, Maastricht University (The Netherlands). She is WHO European Research Director for Healthy Cities.

Evelyne is Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed journal Health Promotion International and considered a leading global health promotion scholar, as evidenced by her appointments to high-level research panels (e.g., the Academy of Finland, and Science Ministries in Japan and Germany).

She has published several books (notably on Healthy Cities with WHO, and Springer; on policy approaches to health promotion with Oxford University Press; on consumer health democratisation with Edward Elgar) and over 100 peer-reviewed articles, plus several dozen book chapters. With Fafard she edits the Palgrave Series in Public Health Policy Research. Her scholarship and writing focus on (1) methodologies for complex local health evaluations; (2) policy and governance for health innovation at the local level; and (3) action at the nexus between research, policy and practice.
In the latter area, her conceptual framework (‘nexus theories’) is used by health and medical research councils in The Netherlands, Germany and Canada to frame and assess calls for research proposals.

Though based in Australia with an admittedly Oceanic/Pacific ‘service area’, professor De Leeuw happily considers the world her oyster.

What sparked your interest in health equity?
Nearly 40 years ago I read Ivan Illich’s ‘Medical Nemesis’ and it really hit an open nerve: what we think to be God’s greatest gift to humanity (to paraphrase Roy Porter’s ‘The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity’) actually is a political enterprise, without a very firm evidence base, and often doing more harm than good. It’s been my mission to try and change things just a tiny bit for the better…

 

Fiona Haigh

Fiona is an experienced Health Impact Assessment practitioner, researcher and educator. She has spent the last ten years working in the field of HIA in Germany, United Kingdom and Australia.

Fiona has extensive experience of carrying out HIAs using a range of methods. She has led and been involved in a wide variety of HIAs including restructuring of health services, employment policy, sports stadium and retail development, strategies to reduce anti-social behaviour, alcohol policy, waste treatment facilities and airport runway extension. Fiona has collaborated in the development of methods for HIAs, including ‘EPHIA’ – the European Policy Health Impact Assessment Guide and is involved in the development of Health Equity Impact Assessment, Urban HIA methodology and Right-to-Health Impact Assessment methodology. Fiona is currently evaluating the effectiveness of HIA in Australia and New Zealand.

Fiona’s research interests include HIA and health equity, HIA effectiveness, health and human rights and interdisciplinary research and education. When she isn’t HIAing Fiona can be found rock climbing in the Blue Mountains (and further afield whenever she gets the chance).

Jinhee Kim

 

Kaniz Fatema

Dr Kaniz Fatema is an epidemiologist with expertise in the field of non-communicable diseases (particularly diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and obesity) in both urban and rural population. With her strength in mixed method research, Dr Kaniz is working as a Research Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research, and Evaluation, and involved with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and evaluation, providing statistical support and interpretive advice on ongoing activities and assisting to close the gap in Indigenous health disparities. She has years of teaching experience in epidemiology, population health and research methods in Master of Public Health, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS). Being one of the contributory member of national course curriculum board in Bangladesh and basic science research in nutrition at Bangladesh Institute of research, rehabilitation in diabetes, endocrine and metabolic disorders (BIRDEM – a WHO collaborative centre for research), she is one of the pioneers in stablishing glycemic index (GI) based food composition table in Bangladesh (www.pusti.org) and initiated first ‘cohort study’ based evidence in the area of CVD at Bangladesh. Prior to starting her career in Australia, Kaniz has also collaborated on a number of National Science and Technology funded projects in Bangladesh and other competitive grants. With World Diabetes Foundation’s grant, she worked for nutrition related project to support improved nutritional education (from research to practice). With high level project management expertise, Kaniz led the first diabetes retinopathy project as deputy co-ordinator in South Asia funded by ORBIS International. She graduated in food and Nutrition from the University of Dhaka with First Class and the University Merit Award, before completing a Master of Nutritional Science (The University of Sydney) and a PhD in public health (The University of New South Wales) in Australia.

Dr Fatema has presented her research at several national and international conferences and through 33 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of Public Health Association of Australia, International Epidemiological Association and many more in Bangladesh and internationally.

What sparked your interest in NCDs and Indigenous health?
I started my professional career in BIRDEM (Dhaka, Bangladesh) which was a WHO collaborating centre on diabetes research as well as a large hospital with special focus on NCDs. Bangladesh made remarkable progress in communicable diseases, but the burden of NCDs increased at an epidemic rate. My interest in NCDs started from that period. During that time I took part in a study to explore the risk factors of diabetes among the Saontal community (an Indigenous population in Bangladesh). Their poor health condition, in general, shocked me and from that period I started to feel a special attraction to Indigenous health issues.

 

Karla Jaques

Karla Jaques is a Research and Evaluation Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). She has worked at CHETRE since 2013 and has been involved in a range of research and evaluation. Karla has experience in the areas of Health Impact Assessment, Evaluation, Equity Analysis, Data Collection and Analysis, Education and Capacity Building. Her experience has been across the Communities and Population research stream. Karla’s main research interests are in Health Impact Assessment, health equity, social determinants of health and Indigenous Health. In particular, Karla is part of the decision support HIA team who provide and deliver the HIA action based ‘learning-by-doing’ training.

Karla completed her Bachelor of Public Health at the University of Wollongong and is currently undertaking her Masters of Public Health with the University of NSW.

Karla enjoys cooking, hiking and travelling in her spare time.

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/k-jaques
Twitter: @k_jaques

In your opinion, what is the most important factor/system/idea to address in order to advance health equity in Australia?
The need to address the staggering health inequities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and for this to be achieved through extensive, ongoing, appropriate, meaningful consultation with Indigenous Australians.

 

Mary Knopp

Mary is Assistant to Professor Evelyne de Leeuw, Director of the Centre of Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation. Mary has been with CHETRE since 2000. She provides administration support to the whole CHETRE team.

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Gorgioski

 

Siggi Zapart

Dr. Siggi Zapart is a Senior Research and Evaluation Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). She has extensive experience in public health and health services research and evaluation. She has spent 17 years being involved in the development and implementation of various guidelines, programs and services, and researching and evaluating programs using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods methodologies. Prior to joining CHETRE, Siggi worked primarily on a range of mental health and cancer related projects, as well as on the development of evidence based practice guidelines. She has been at CHETRE since 2007 working initially on the development, implementation and evaluation of early childhood programs and services, and in particular services for families living with disadvantage. She joined the Communities and Populations – Locational Disadvantage stream at the beginning of 2016 where she is involved in the development, implementation, analysis and dissemination of research pertinent to locationally disadvantaged communities. Siggi’s research interests include health equity, the health impacts of disadvantage and locational disadvantage, health services across a diverse range of settings, community engagement, psychology, and mental health.

What sparked your interest in health equity?
My interest in healthy equity was sparked through my earlier work on mental health and cancer related projects when the health inequities faced by some populations and or people living in particular locations became obvious. This inspired me to move from working in areas related to health concerns, and services to address these concerns, to work that helped to address health inequities.

 

Suzanne Ingram

Suzanne Ingram is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Lead at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE), and Honorary Fellow with The George Institute for Global Health at University of NSW. Suzanne an Aboriginal woman of the Wiradjuri.

Her research focus is on better understanding communication needs to enhance outcomes from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Suzanne’s research focus is on better understanding communication needs to enhance outcomes from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Building on an extensive background in communications practice and Aboriginal heritage research, Suzanne’s work analyses the health system’s ability to respond to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and why, despite the voluminous collection of data, outcomes are not showing commensurate improvement.

Having conducted health communication analyses on critical health issues including cardiovascular illness, breast cancer, asthma, heroin treatment and adolescent depression, Suzanne’s current work is focused on the health impacts of violence against Aboriginal women and children. Suzanne is completing her PhD on at the University of Sydney which has been supported by CHETRE and the Lowitja Institute.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/suzanne-ingram-8556843b
Twitter: @suzingram

 


Affiliate members

Alana Crimeen

Alana Crimeen is a Research Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation. She works across the locational disadvantage and decision support streams. She first came to CHETRE while undertaking research as a Masters of Public Health student with the University of New South Wales. Alana started working on CHETRE’s Healthy Airport research program examining healthy settings characteristics and airports, and has presented on this topic at a number of conferences.

Alana also completed an internship with the Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW Health on the Knowledge translation team. Prior to her Masters, Alana was a hospital based Physiotherapist.

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/acrimeen/
Twitter: @a_crimeen
Email: a.crimeen@unsw.edu.au

What sparked your interest in health equity?
When I was a young, I briefly lived on a small island in Papua New Guinea. It was obvious, even to a child, that some people achieve better health than others due to factors beyond their control, such as education, economics, service provision and racial discrimination. The unfairness and preventable nature of the situation my playmates and friends were in really stuck with me, and now I’m excited to be able to work in a field where I can help communities better understand and build solutions to equity problems.

 

Joan Silk

 

Koby Elliott

Koby Elliott is a Research Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research, and Evaluation (CHETRE). In her role, Ms Elliott supports projects in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Stream. Prior to joining CHETRE, she worked in Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Services in the Illawarra and South Western Sydney regions. Ms. Elliott is currently studying the Honours program in Indigenous Studies at the University of New South Wales.

Melissa Bernstein

Melissa Bernstein is a Research Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research, and Evaluation. In her role, Ms Bernstein supports projects in the locational disadvantage stream along with the planning and execution of communication activities for all programs. Prior to joining CHETRE, she managed the Region 2 Public Health Training Center, a federally-funded grant to support local health departments based out of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Ms Bernstein has experience working with university students, non-native English speakers, homeless individuals, people living with HIV/AIDs, people living with breast cancer, and university students. She has conducted mixed methods research at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and New York Presbyterian Hospital as well as clinical research at NYU Langone Medical Center. While working as a Health Promotion Assistant at Alice! Health Promotion, Ms Bernstein managed the nutrition and stress management initiatives, and designed a new healthy relationships initiative. Before pursuing her Master of Public Health, Ms Bernstein taught English in Italy for 2 years.

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mfbernstein
Twitter: @theMelBern

What sparked your interest in health equity?
What stood out to me was the definition of health inequities, in particular, differences in health between groups that are “unjust” and “avoidable.” Working to advance health equity takes a multi-disciplinary approach to public health, and is immensely interesting and gratifying.