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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.

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid is a Research Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). When he first joined CHETRE, in 2017, Andrew was the Research Lead on the Hospital Entrance Re-Development Evaluation (HERE) Project for Liverpool Hospital, New South Wales (NSW). He supports the organisation’s work around developing a conceptual framework and stakeholder engagement for a Healthy Airport for Sydney’s second proposed airport at Badgerys Creek. However, these days, Andrew mainly works on projects within the Locational Disadvantage Stream, including Community STaR (Community Service for Training and Research), which involves outreaching from Miller, NSW. 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 fourteen years of community development experience working in Government and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) across Sydney’s diverse and disadvantaged populations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and Politics from the University of Western Sydney (UWS), a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations from Macquarie University (Macq), a Master of Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University (Macq), a Master of International Public Health and a Master of Public Health from 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.”

Aryati (Ary) Yashadhana

Dr Aryati (Ary) Yashadhana is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). Dr Yashadhana’s work focuses on socioeconomic, cultural and political determinants of health, intersectional health equity (gender, race, class), and international development. Her research has largely taken place in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (NSW and Northern Territory), and in low and middle income countries internationally (Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, South East Asia, Pacific) with a focus on analyzing the cultural dimensions of access in the context of eye health and chronic disease. Dr Yashadhana specialises in qualitative and participatory methodologies, with a particular interest in applying decolonizing, critical race, and critical realist theories, to understand the way marginalised peoples and cultures interface with dominant systems and structures in the realm of public health. She also teaches undergraduate Development Studies in the School of Social Sciences at UNSW.

David Lilley

David has been working on placed-based initiatives to improve individual and community wellbeing since 1999. For much of this time he worked for Housing NSW on collaborative initiatives at the housing estate, suburb, LGA, and regional levels. He has also worked as a Senior Social Sustainability Consultant in a large firm, and held a Visiting Fellowship at the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW. In 2015 to 2016 he was the founding Director of The Hive Mt Druitt, a Collective Impact initiative working to improve outcomes for children across the 2770 postcode in Western Sydney, auspiced by United Way Australia. He currently offers consulting services under the name Holos Consulting, and via his role as a Senior Associate with Collaboration for Impact.

David has a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research, a Certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement, and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact. He is currently undertaking a PhD on the prioritization of health, wellbeing, and equity in metropolitan planning and urban renewal in Sydney.


What sparked your interest in health equity?
Having personally observed the life impacts of differences in people’s housing (size, quality, affordability, proximity to social and economic infrastructure), I formed the view that there is an important role for urban planning and urban renewal in supporting health and wellbeing for all.

Evelyne de Leeuw

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…

Jinhee Kim

Jinhee is a Scientia PhD Scholar at UNSW Australia and joined the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE) in 2018. Her PhD research topic is “Healthy Cities: Health Equity in Sydney’s Fastest Growth Area”, where she focuses on the urban planning process and health equity. Prior to joining she has worked as researcher and practitioner in healthy cities and HIAs in local and regional governments in the Republic of Korea for over a decade and worked as a consultant in urban health at the WHO Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan. Her research interest topics include urban health, intersectoral action for health, community engagement, and policy process.  Jinhee holds a Master of Public Health degree from Seoul National University and a bachelor’s degree from Korea University.

Twitter: @jeeny_k

What sparked your interest in health equity?
I believe health is a fundamental human right and the social circumstances that create health inequity between groups should not be justified in any situation. However, I fear we may not be doing enough to change this avoidable injustice and hopefully through action-oriented research I can find a way to contribute to the change.

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 holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of NSW and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wollongong.

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

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.

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 health 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.