Executive Committee

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Professor Margaret Hellard

Chair, Executive Committee and Co-Chair, Research Subcommittee

Margaret is the Head of the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute and Senior Visiting Infectious Disease Physician at the Alfred Hospital. Her principal research interests are in the epidemiology and clinical management of blood-borne viruses (HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C) and sexually transmitted infections.

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Professor Paul Dietze

Deputy Chair, Executive Committee and Co-Chair, Research Subcommittee

Paul is the Principal for Alcohol and other Drug Research at the Burnet Institute. His primary research interests are the changing patterns of drug and alcohol use in Australia.

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Tracy Parish

Tracy is the Deputy Head of Public Affairs and Communications at the Burnet Institute. With a background in sports journalism, Tracy is a specialist in media and communications strategy.

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Doctor Mark Stoové

Co-Chair, Education Subcommittee

Mark is a Senior Research Fellow and the Head of the HIV and Sexual Health Program in the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute and CREIDU. His primary area of expertise is the epidemiology of communicable disease transmission and the associated public health, behavioural and socio-cultural influences.

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Associate Professor Stuart Kinner

Co-Chair, Education Subcommittee

Stuart is a Principal Research Fellow, Justice Health in the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics at the School of Population Health, University of Melbourne. His principal research interests are in the health of justice-involved populations, particularly prisoners and ex-prisoners.

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Amy Kirwan

Research Officer

Amy has worked in public and community health for over ten years in a number of roles, including project management, research and policy. Amy’s research interests include justice health and injecting drug use. Amy holds a Master of Social Science and a Master of Social Work.

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Education Subcommittee

The Education Subcommittee develops and implements an educational program for PhD students and post-doctoral students affiliated with CREIDU.

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Doctor Campbell Aitken

Campbell is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute. His main fields of research are drug use and blood-borne virus epidemiology, with particular expertise in injecting drug use and the hepatitis C virus.

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Professor Michael Levy

Michael is the Director of ACT Justice Health Service, which manages and co-ordinates the delivery of healthcare to adults and youth detainees in custody in the Australian Capital Territory. He is a public health physician, a pharmacotherapy prescriber and a hepatitis shared-care physician. He has a clinical appointments at the College of Medicine, Australian National University, and with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Monash University.

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Professor David Moore

David leads the Ethnographic Program at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University. His main research interests are in youth and drugs, street drug markets, recreational drug use, ethno-epidemiology, and drug service provision.

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Doctor Jason Grebely

Jason is a Senior Lecturer in the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Program at the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society, University of New South Wales. His research interests include epidemiology, natural history and therapeutic strategies for acute and chronic HCV infection in people who inject drugs

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Professor Gail Williams

Gail is a Professor of International Health Statistics at the University of Queensland. Her main research interests are biostatistics, communicable diseases, epidemiology and international and tropical health.

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Doctor Mark Stoové

Co-Chair, Education Subcommittee

Mark is a Senior Research Fellow and the Head of the HIV and Sexual Health Program in the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute and CREIDU. His primary area of expertise is the epidemiology of communicable disease transmission and the associated public health, behavioural and socio-cultural influences.

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Associate Professor Stuart Kinner

Co-Chair, Education Subcommittee

Stuart is a Principal Research Fellow, Justice Health in the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics at the School of Population Health, University of Melbourne. His principal research interests are in the health of justice-involved populations, particularly prisoners and ex-prisoners.

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Research Subcommittee

The Research Subcommittee identifies research projects for CREIDU seed funding support, opportunities for CREIDU members to submit grants, and appoints PhD scholars and post-doctoral fellows.

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Professor Margaret Hellard

Chair, Executive Committee and Co-Chair, Research Subcommittee

Margaret is the Head of the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute and Senior Visiting Infectious Disease Physician at the Alfred Hospital. Her principal research interests are in the epidemiology and clinical management of blood-borne viruses (HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C) and sexually transmitted infections.

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Professor Paul Dietze

Deputy Chair, Executive Committee and Co-Chair, Research Subcommittee

Paul is the Principal for Alcohol and other Drug Research at the Burnet Institute. His primary research interests are the changing patterns of drug and alcohol use in Australia.

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Professor Gregory Dore

Gregory is the Head of the Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program at the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society at The University of New South Wales. His principal research interests include the natural history and treatment of acute HCV infection, and HCV therapeutic strategies for people who inject drugs, people on opiate pharmacotherapy, and people with HIV/HCV coinfection.

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Jenny Kelsall

Jenny is the Executive Officer of Harm Reduction Victoria, an organisation of and for drug users that aims to improve the way people who take drugs are treated by medical, community and government services and to increase awareness about issues relating to illicit drug use in the general community. She has twenty years of experience working with people who inject drugs through peer-based research and education initiatives.

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Professor Lisa Maher

Lisa is the Head of the Viral Hepatitis Epidemiology and Prevention Program at the Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society at The University of New South Wales. She conducts ethnographic, epidemiological and clinical research on drug use and related harms and studies of interventions designed to prevent infectious diseases in vulnerable populations including people who inject drugs (PWID) and female sex workers.

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Doctor Marianne Jauncey

Medical Director

Dr Marianne Jauncey is a public health physician and Medical Director of Australia’s only supervised injecting centre in Kings Cross, Sydney. Her research interests include physiology of drug overdose, understanding how to better influence AOD policy and expanding access to naloxone in Australia.

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Professor Dan Lubman

Dan is the Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and Professor of Addiction Studies and Services at Monash University. His research focuses on investigating alcohol and drug use among young people and in particular, exploring the impact of substance use on adolescent development, and developing targeted public health and clinical intervention programs.

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Dr Robert Ware

Robert is the Team Leader of the Queensland Clinical Trials and Biostatistics Centre in the School of Population Health, The University of Queensland. His principal research interests centre on analysing the reasons for, and effect of, attrition in longitudinal studies.

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Research Translation Subcommittee

The Research Translation Subcommittee works collaboratively with other committees to maximise the translation of CREIDU research outcomes into health policies and practice.

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Professor Alison Ritter

Co-Chair, Research Translation Subcommittee

Alison is the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. She is interested in advancing illicit drug policy through improving the evidence-base, developing new policy decision-making tools and understanding the best mix of policy options (law enforcement, prevention, treatment and harm reduction) and the ways in which these different policy options dynamically interact.

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Tracy Parish

Tracy is the Deputy Head of Public Affairs and Communications at the Burnet Institute. With a background in sports journalism, Tracy is a specialist in media and communications strategy.

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Doctor Peter Higgs

Early Career Research Fellow

Peter has a background in community development and has worked with marginalised populations for over 20 years in Melbourne, Sydney, Vietnam, Indonesia and China. His field based research has been focussed on risk and people who inject drugs. Peter is an early career research fellow with the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University where he is involved in various studies of cohorts of injecting drug users in Melbourne. Peter also holds an appointment as Adjunct Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Monash University.

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Professor Robert Power

Robert is the Principal for Harm Reduction and a Senior Principal Fellow at the Burnet Institute. He holds adjunct professorships at both Melbourne and Monash Universities. His research interests include harm reduction, risk behaviours, monitoring and evaluation, marginalized populations, ethnography and innovative participatory research methods. He is a Technical Director on both the AusAID and USAID HIV prevention bi-laterals programmes in Indonesia.

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Nicola Stephens

Nicola is the Manager of Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance, Department of Health, Victoria. Nicola is responsible for managing the collection, analysis and reporting of notifiable infectious diseases in Victoria. Nicola has previously worked for the NSW Ministry of Health and Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services as a communicable disease epidemiologist, and with the Menzies Research Institute in Tasmania.

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Melanie Eagle

Melanie has formal qualifications in Arts, Social Work, and the Law and is currently undertaking a Masters of International Development. Prior to joining Hepatitis Victoria as Chief Executive Officer, Melanie worked in the areas of social policy, women’s policy and equal opportunity; as a private sector solicitor; and in both blue and white collar unions as a researcher. Her non-professional activities have included Mayor and Councillor of the City of St Kilda and sitting on the Boards and Committees of a wide range of organisations. Melanie is passionate about collectively working to improve broader community well-being and to address the needs of marginalised groups including people who inject drugs.

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John Ryan

John is the CEO of Penington Institute, an independent, not-for-profit health organisation dedicated to reducing the harms associated with drug use, including injecting drug use, alcohol misuse, and pharmaceutical substance misuse.

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Amy Kirwan

Research Officer

Amy has worked in public and community health for over ten years in a number of roles, including project management, research and policy. Amy’s research interests include justice health and injecting drug use. Amy holds a Master of Social Science and a Master of Social Work.

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Danilo Di Giacomo

Danilo is a senior policy officer in the Sexual Health and Viral Hepatitis Team, within the Department of Health, Victoria. Previously Danilo spent 12 years in the UK, where he worked in the London-based criminal justice and substance misuse sectors, primarily in developing diversionary programs for drug using offenders. Since returning to his native Melbourne, Danilo has been developing the Department of Health Victoria’s response to viral hepatitis.

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Anna Keato

Senior Policy Officer

Anna is a senior policy officer in the Victorian Department of Heath. Her primary area of responsibility is drug policy and, in particular, policy and programs that reduce the harm associated with drug use. Prior to moving to Melbourne, Anna worked in the NSW Ministry of Health, managing the Opioid Treatment Program. Like many engaged in policy and oversight of drug and alcohol services, Anna’s interest in the field derived from her time in youth outreach, and engaging with the often interrelated complexities of problematic drug use, homelessness and child protection.


Staff

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Doctor Mark Stoové

Co-Chair, Education Subcommittee

Mark is a Senior Research Fellow and the Head of the HIV and Sexual Health Program in the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute and CREIDU. His primary area of expertise is the epidemiology of communicable disease transmission and the associated public health, behavioural and socio-cultural influences.

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Amy Kirwan

Research Officer

Amy has worked in public and community health for over ten years in a number of roles, including project management, research and policy. Amy’s research interests include justice health and injecting drug use. Amy holds a Master of Social Science and a Master of Social Work.

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Bridget Draper

Research Assistant

Bridget completed her honours project on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis preparedness among men who have sex with men in Myanmar. Now as a Research Assistant she is working on the 2016 HIV Prevention Initiatives Evaluation and with the Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use.

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Students

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Dhanya Malandkar

PhD candidate

Dhanya is based at the Burnet Institute, where she works with Professor Paul Dietze and Dr Mark Stoové. Her PhD explores service utilisation by people who inject drugs using the Melbourne Injecting Drug User Cohort Study (MIX) and the Victorian Department of Health emergency services utilisation data.

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Rebecca Winter

PhD candidate

Rebecca is based at the Burnet Institute, where she works with Professor Margaret Hellard and Dr Mark Stoové. Her doctoral research examines drug-related morbidity and mortality among prisoners and ex-prisoners in Victoria and Queensland. Rebecca is also supervised by Associate Professor Stuart Kinner, based at the University of Melbourne.

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Melinda Beckwith

PhD Candidate

Melinda's project, entitled 'The Role of Social Networks in Recovery from Injecting Drug Use', will be conducted in conjunction with Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre from 2013-2016. It will examine the composition and quality of the social networks to which people who inject drugs in Victoria belong, whilst in the community, and whilst in residential treatment. Drawing on Social Identity Theory and Self-Categorisation Theory, changes in social networks will be explored in relation to shifts in social identity. The aim of the project is to explore mechanisms behind social identity change with a view to enhancing recovery options for those who choose to access treatment. Melinda is supervised by Associate Professor David Best and Professor Dan Lubman.

Renae Fomiatti

PhD candidate

Renae is based at Curtin University's National Drug Research Institute Melbourne Office. For her doctoral research, she is undertaking a critical analysis of the rise of the ‘recovery’ concept in the Australian alcohol and other drug sector. The project will involve three components: (1) a textual analysis of the recovery concept in national and state policy and practice documents supplemented by in-depth interviews with national and state policy-makers and practitioners; (2) an analysis of the existing and developing research evidence on recovery; and (3) in-depth qualitative interviews and fieldwork with people who inject drugs focusing on their understandings and experiences of recovery in various treatment contexts. Renae is supervised by Professor David Moore.

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Tania Patrao

Tania is based at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland where she works with Dr Rob Ware and Prof Gail Williams. Her PhD explores the optimal recruitment and retention strategies for longitudinal studies with People who Inject Drugs by investigating how the impact attrition has on study results can be mitigated. Through this research, novel counterfactual and regression models will be developed to assess how recruitment and attrition bias impacts on the generalisability and reliability of study outcomes.