Affiliate members

Alana Crimeen

Alana Crimeen worked as a Research Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation. She worked 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.

Twitter: @a_crimeen

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 was 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 was a Research Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research, and Evaluation. In her role, Ms Bernstein supported 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.


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.

Natalie Gorgioski