Associate-Professor-Luke-Wolfenden

Luke Wolfenden
Professor

Professor-John-Wiggers

John Wiggers
Professor

Professor-Adrian-Bauman

Adrian Bauman
Professor

Professor-Chris-Rissel

Chris Rissel
Professor

Professor-Jeremy-Grimshaw

Jeremy Grimshaw
Professor

Dr-Sze-Lin-Yoong

Dr Sze Lin Yoong

Associate-Professor-Julian-Elliott

Julian Elliot
Associate Professor

Professor-Christopher-Doran

Christopher Doran
Professor

Dr-Hopin-Lee

Dr Hopin Lee

Professor-Andew-Wilson

Andrew Wilson
Professor

Professor-John-Attia

John Attia
Professor

Dr-Andrew-Milat

Dr Andrew Milat

Dr-Andrew-Bailey

Dr Andrew Bailey

Nicole Kajons

James Thomas
Professor

Associate-Professor-Andrew-Searles

Andrew Searles
Associate Professor

Professor-Sarah-Lamb

Sarah Lamb
Professor

Dr-Cara-Lewis

Dr Cara Lewis

Dr-Nicole-Nathan

Dr Nicole Nathan

Dr-David-Chambers

Dr David Chambers
Professor

Executive Group

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Luke Wolfenden
Professor

Background

Professor Luke Wolfenden is a behavioural and implementation scientist. In 2013 he commenced an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and in 2016 has been offered both NHMRC Practitioner and NHMRC Career Development and National Heart Foundation Fellowships. He has worked with internationally recognised research institutions such as the UK Cochrane Centre, was an invited visiting Fellow at the World Health Organization (WHO) and is a current Fellow of the Lancet Commission on Obesity.

Research Interests
Professor Luke Wolfenden research seeks to reduce the burden of chronic disease in the community by trialling interventions to reduce modifiable chronic disease risks, and trialling implementation strategies to increase the adoption of evidence based interventions. Nationally, he was responsible for the evaluation of one of Australia’s largest ($12 million) child obesity prevention programs (Good for Kids. Good for Life.). He has published over 177 of his 210 career manuscripts in peer reviewed journals since 2013.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Professor Luke Wolfenden (CIA) is Director for NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 2.1 and 4.1.

Professor-John-Wiggers
John Wiggers
Professor

Background

Professor Wiggers is the Director of the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, a group of approximately 80 health behaviour researchers, and Co-Director of the Hunter Institute of Medical Research Public Health Program.

Concurrent with his academic appointments, Prof Wiggers has held a number of senior government health service delivery and policy positions, including Director of Population Health, Hunter New England Local Health District, and Acting State Director of Population Health, NSW Ministry of Health. As Director of Population Health, Prof Wiggers is responsible for the delivery of population health services to a population of approximately 850,000 residents, a role that involves the leadership of an integrated team of approximately 100 service delivery and research staff.

Research Interests

Prof Wiggers is a population health researcher, practitioner and policy maker with a research focus on the prevention of obesity, smoking and alcohol-related harms, and the promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition in the community.

He has published extensively in many of these areas, with over 146 publications in the past 5 years. Prof Wiggers’ innovative research incorporates the use of a systems approach to intervention and practice design, including the use of technology and evidence-based behavioural change strategies.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Professor Wiggers is CIB for the NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 2.2.

 

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Dr Meghan Finch

Background:
Meghan Finch, MPH, PhD, has worked as a health service manager, research fellow and senior advisor for an independent evidence intermediary organisation in roles focused on the generation and translation of evidence to achieve a positive impact for children, families and communities in chronic disease prevention and human service areas. She has extensive experience in large-scale settings based evaluations of obesity prevention implementation trials, evidence synthesis and specialist skills in implementation science and knowledge translation.

Current Role in the NCOIS:
Dr Finch manages the overall coordination and research translation for the Centre. She is also coordinates the capacity building, stakeholder engagement and communications strategies.

Profile: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/meghan-finch

Chief Investigators

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Luke Wolfenden
Professor

Background

Professor Luke Wolfenden is a behavioural and implementation scientist. In 2013 he commenced an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and in 2016 has been offered both NHMRC Practitioner and NHMRC Career Development and National Heart Foundation Fellowships. He has worked with internationally recognised research institutions such as the UK Cochrane Centre, was an invited visiting Fellow at the World Health Organization (WHO) and is a current Fellow of the Lancet Commission on Obesity.

Research Interests
Professor Luke Wolfenden research seeks to reduce the burden of chronic disease in the community by trialling interventions to reduce modifiable chronic disease risks, and trialling implementation strategies to increase the adoption of evidence based interventions. Nationally, he was responsible for the evaluation of one of Australia’s largest ($12 million) child obesity prevention programs (Good for Kids. Good for Life.). He has published over 177 of his 210 career manuscripts in peer reviewed journals since 2013.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Professor Luke Wolfenden (CIA) is Director for NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 2.1 and 4.1.

Professor-John-Wiggers
John Wiggers
Professor

Background

Professor Wiggers is the Director of the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, a group of approximately 80 health behaviour researchers, and Co-Director of the Hunter Institute of Medical Research Public Health Program.

Concurrent with his academic appointments, Prof Wiggers has held a number of senior government health service delivery and policy positions, including Director of Population Health, Hunter New England Local Health District, and Acting State Director of Population Health, NSW Ministry of Health. As Director of Population Health, Prof Wiggers is responsible for the delivery of population health services to a population of approximately 850,000 residents, a role that involves the leadership of an integrated team of approximately 100 service delivery and research staff.

Research Interests

Prof Wiggers is a population health researcher, practitioner and policy maker with a research focus on the prevention of obesity, smoking and alcohol-related harms, and the promotion of physical activity and healthy nutrition in the community.

He has published extensively in many of these areas, with over 146 publications in the past 5 years. Prof Wiggers’ innovative research incorporates the use of a systems approach to intervention and practice design, including the use of technology and evidence-based behavioural change strategies.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Professor Wiggers is CIB for the NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 2.2.

 

Professor-Adrian-Bauman
Adrian Bauman
Professor

Background:

Professor Adrian Bauman is the Sesquicentenary Professor of Public Health and Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney. He co-directs the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity. He is widely published in the peer reviewed scientific literature and has obtained recent research grants in physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and translational public health.

Research Interests:

He has research interests in chronic disease prevention, with a longstanding focus on physical activity and public health. Recent interests include the epidemiology of inactivity and sitting time, and in translation and up-scaling of physical activity and chronic disease prevention programs to the population level.

Prof Bauman’s major research contributions have been leadership in physical activity and public health research. He has extended this work into new areas of sedentary behaviour research and epidemiology. Since 2013 CIC Bauman has published over 240 peer-reviewed publications in journals including: The Lancet, British Medical Journal, JAMA.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Professor Adrian Bauman is CIC for NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 1.

Professor-Chris-Rissel
Chris Rissel
Professor

Background:

Professor Chris Rissel is an expert health promotion academic and practitioner, with a PhD in Behavioural Epidemiology. He holds an academic position as a Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney, with the Prevention Research Collaboration.

He is also Director of the NSW Office of Preventive Health where he is responsible for supporting the implementation and evaluation of priority state-wide preventive health programs (including obesity). The office also provides high-level strategic advice to the NSW Ministry of Health to inform the evidence-based implementation of a health promotion program in the state.

Research interests:

Prof Rissel’s work has included epidemiological and intervention trials examining the impact of risky behaviours on population health and efforts to reduce such behaviour. He has a particular interest in the translation of research into practice and relationships between evaluation and policy.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Professor Chris Rissel is CID for the NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 1.1.

Professor-Jeremy-Grimshaw
Jeremy Grimshaw
Professor

Background:

Professor Jeremy Grimshaw is a Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Health Research Institute and a Full Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa.

He is also a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge Transfer and Uptake and the President of the Board of the Campbell Collaboration (since 2015).

Research Interests:

His research focuses on the evaluation of Knowledge Translation and Implementation (KTI) strategies, targeting healthcare professionals (HCPs) and health systems. His research often involves interdisciplinary groups of program experts, including independent researchers, knowledge users and trainees, based locally, nationally and internationally (Canada, Australia, Europe, United Kingdom). He has published over 600 peer reviewed journals.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Professor Jeremy Grimshaw is CIF for the NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 3.1 and 3.2.

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Sze Lin Yoong
Doctor

Background:

Dr Sze Lin Yoong is an early career researcher and dietitian with a significant track record in undertaking implementation science in community-based settings including early childhood education and care sectors. She has collaborated with leading health agencies internationally including the World Health Organisation and the Cochrane collaboration. She was a visiting fellow and consultant with the World Health Organisation and is a member of the Cochrane-Global Burden of Disease collaboration that seeks to inform and prioritise the conduct of systematic reviews.

Research Interests:

Dr Sze Lin Yoong’s research interests to date have focused on developing effective, scalable interventions to reduce preventable risk factors for chronic diseases, including technology based and low intensity, high yield strategies. Dr Yoong has published over 84 career manuscripts in peer reviewed journals since 2013, with 40 of these as first or senior author.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Dr Sze Lin Yoong is CIG for the NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of  parts of Stream 1, 2 and 4.1.

Associate-Professor-Julian-Elliott
Julian Elliott
Associate Professor

Background:

Associate Professor Julian Elliott is Head of Clinical Research in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University.

He is also Senior Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia and Lead for Evidence Systems for Cochrane globally. He was awarded the 2017 recipient of the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

Research Interests:

Associate Professor Julian Elliott’s research is focused on the use of new technology and systems to improve research translation and the use of evidence for health decision making. He leads Cochrane’s development of new evidence systems, including co-leading Project Transform, a major Cochrane project that is developing new software systems, artificial intelligence and citizen science to improve the production of systematic reviews.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Associate Professor Julian Elliott is CIH for the NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 3.1 and 3.2.

Professor-Christopher-Doran
Christopher Doran
Professor

Background:

Professor Christopher Doran is Professor of Health Economics in the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University (CQU). He holds adjunct Professorial appointments at the University of Newcastle and Edith Cowan University.

Research Interests:

Key area of research is mental health with a particular focus on substance use and suicide prevention. He collaborates extensively with academics, clinicians and policy makers in building capacity in the knowledge, use and translation of health economics. Prof Doran’s research has contributed to the field of health economics and strengthened the evidence base for effective policy action. In recent years, his focus on priority setting has been complemented with the development of tools and frameworks to facilitate translational research. His translational research has contributed to the development, implementation and evaluation of national and international substance abuse and mental health policies.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Professor Christopher Doran is CII for the NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 4.3.

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Hopin Lee
Doctor

Background:

Dr Hopin Lee is a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow with the University of Oxford and the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle and an Honorary Clinical Scientist with Neuroscience Research Australia.

Research Interests:
Hopin’s research is focused in understanding the mechanisms of complex interventions, mostly in rehabilitation. He is also applying this work to find efficient ways of implementing research findings in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. He has expertise in new methods of mediation analyses and is currently funded to apply such methods to examine mechanisms in trials of implementation science. Hopin is also interested in using online technologies as a source of data, and as a tool for delivering public health interventions. Hopin has published in general medical and discipline-specific journals.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Dr Hopin Lee is CIJ for the NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 4.4.

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Andrew Wilson
Professor

Background:
Professor Andrew Wilson is Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney and Director of the NHMRC Australian Prevention Centre administered by the Sax Institute.

The Australian Prevention Centre collaboration involves researchers and practitioners from 15 universities and research institutes and 20 other government and non-government agencies including NHMRC, NSW Ministry of Health, ACT Ministry of Health, Commonwealth Department of Health and HCF (Health and Medical Research Foundation). He also chairs the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

Research Interests:
Professor Andrew Wilson’s research interests concern the application of epidemiology to informing decision making in clinical medicine, public health, and health service policy and planning. His publications include aspects of prevention and management of chronic disease, evaluation of the effectiveness and responsiveness of health care systems and the impact of social and physical environment on health.

Role in the Centre for Research Excellence:
Professor Andrew Wilson is CIE for the NCOIS and Executive Sponsor of Stream 2.2 and 4.1.

Profile: https://www.sydney.edu.au/medicine-health/about/our-people/academic-staff/a-wilson.html

Associate Investigators

Professor-John-Attia
John Attia
Professor

Professor John Attia is the Director of the Clinical Research Design, IT and Statistical Support Unit (CReDITSS) at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). Prof Attia is also a clinician and research epidemiologist with expertise in research methods related to population and health service research. Prof Attia has been successful in obtaining more than $20 million in funding and has published over 500 peer reviewed papers in top tier journals including the Lancet, Nature, and Science.

Research Interest:

Prof Attia has particular expertise in mechanistic evaluation, and RCTs, and has been co-leading a series on statistical methods for the Medical Journal of Australia.

Role in the NCOIS:

Prof Attia will provide methodological and statistical advice on the design and analysis of the research studies conducted as part of this CRE. Prof Attia will supervise a post-doctoral statistician funded by the CRE. The post-doc will be integrated into the CReDITSS unit providing them with access to leading statisticians and methodologists, as well as training and capacity building opportunities offered by CReDITSS and HMRI.

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Andrew Milat
Doctor

Background:
Dr Andrew Milat is Director of Evidence and Evaluation at the NSW Ministry of Health, and is an adjunct Associate Professor within the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. A/Prof Milat has over 20 years’ experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of health policies and programs at a national and international level.

Research Interests:

Dr Milat is a research leader in the field of scaling up health interventions and assessing research impact, and has extensive experience undertaking quantitative and qualitative research and research prioritisation processes.

Current role in the NCOIS:

Dr Milat will be involved in a number of research studies in the CRE including the design and development of the practice guides. He will disseminate research evidence and translation products through the Ministry of Health and via his existing professional networks and relevant advisory committees. Dr Milat also oversees the NSW Health Prevention Research Support Program and will over see trainee programs for leading public health officers that will have the opportunity to be placed in partnering LHDs and contribute to co-produced research of the CRE.

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Andrew Bailey
Doctor

Background:
Dr Andrew Bailey is the District Manager of Health Promotion for the Mid North Coast Local Health District. Dr Bailey’s role as a director involves overseeing the delivery of health promotion programs for chronic disease prevention throughout the Mid North Coast community.

Current role in the NCOIS:

As part of the NCOIS, Dr Bailey will form part of the implementation laboratory to support the testing and optimisation of the implementation strategies and will contribute in-kind resources. He will adopt effective implementation strategies identified in the NCOIS to support the implementation of chronic disease prevention programs across relevant community settings. He will also support the training and capacity building of health services staff from the Mid North Coast Local Health District through opportunities provided by the NCOIS and provide expert input into the research prioritisation process.

Nicole Evans

Background:

Nicole Evans  is the District Director of Health Promotion and Population Health Improvement for Central Coast Local Health District. Ms Evans is responsible for overseeing the delivery of health promotion programs for chronic disease prevention throughout the Central Coast community.

Current role with the NCOIS:

As part of the CRE, Ms Evans will form part of the implementation laboratory to support the testing and optimisation of the implementation strategies and will contribute in-kind resources. She will adopt effective implementation strategies identified in the CRE to support the implementation of chronic disease prevention programs across relevant community settings.

Further, Ms Evans will support the training and capacity building of health services staff from the Central Coast Local Health District through opportunities provided by the CRE and provide expert input into the research prioritisation process.

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James Thomas
Professor

Background:

Professor James Thomas is a Professor of Social Research and Policy in the Department of Childhood, Families, and Health at the Institute of Education. He is also the Director of the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centres (EPPI-Centre) Reviews Facility for the Department of Health, England. EPPI-Centre is a specialist centre focused on the development of methods and conduct of systematic reviews, as well as investigating how research is used to inform policy, practice and personal decisions.

Current role for the NCOIS:

Prof Thomas’s expertise is in developing methods and innovative technologies for research synthesis including machine learning, and text mining, and crowd sourcing. Prof Thomas will apply such methods to the conduct of the living reviews described in studies 3.1 and provide expert input into other synthesis projects of the CRE. This includes both the systematic reviews and development of practice guides so that they are most relevant to informing policy and practice from an international perspective.

Through his position as director of the EPPI-Centre, Prof Thomas will assist in disseminating the research findings of the CRE internationally; as well as provide training and support in systematic reviews to CRE members by providing them with access to the many short courses and seminars provided by EPPICentre.

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Andrew Searles
Associate Professor

Background:
A/Prof Andrew Searles is the Associate Director of the Health Research Economics Unit of HMRI. A/Prof Searles has experience as a health economists on an industry and academic level. His research focus is on economic health evaluations and developing a framework to measure research translation and research impact. His research work has contributed to Australian policy, through invited briefings to Federal Parliamentarians.

Current role for the NCOIS:
A/Prof Andrew Searles will work with Professor Chris Doran (CI) and supervise a post-doctoral researcher in developing and conducting the economic evaluations as part of this CRE. As Director of the Health Research Economics Unit he will provide access to a team of experienced health economists as well as training opportunities to CRE members in health economic evaluation methods. His experience in informing government policy will be used to facilitate dissemination and translation of the economic findings from this CRE.

 

 

Professor-Sarah-Lamb
Sarah Lamb
Professor

Background:
Professor Sarah (Sallie) Lamb is the Director of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine within the Medical Sciences Division at the University of Oxford; a theme lead for the Oxford Centre for Applied Health Care Research and Leadership. She has over 200 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals including in the last 5 years publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, JAMA and the Lancet.

Research Interests:
Her research interests include: mechanistic evaluations, as well as medical statistic and clinical trial design in identifying and implementing effective and cost effective interventions to improve physical activity. She has extensive research networks and has significant experience in guideline development and has served on NICE guideline panels.

Current role for the NCOIS:
Professor Lamb will supervise CIJ on the program of work pertaining to mediation analyses undertaken to optimise the implementation strategies described in studies 4.4. Her experience in informing international policy will be used to develop an internationally relevant dissemination plan for the CRE findings.

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Cara Lewis
Doctor

Background:
Dr Cara Lewis – is a clinical psychologist and an implementation researcher. She is an Associate Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, President of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC), co-director of the SIRC conference series, a member of the steering committee for the Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation.

Research Interests:
Ms Lewis is a principal investigator on multiple U.S. National Institute of Health grants focused on developing psychometrically robust assessment tools to advance the field of implementation science.

Current role for the NCOIS:
AI Lewis will provide expert advice on the development of the measures and tools created as part of this CRE, as well as the application of the tools to the assessments of mechanisms and optimisation of implementation strategies. As President of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration she will facilitate CRE researcher access to an array of experts and tools and training in implementation science and measure development, as well as actively support the dissemination of the developed measures to her networks.

 

Dr-Nicole-Nathan
Nicole Nathan
Doctor

Background:
Dr Nicole Nathan is a NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice Fellow, Hunter New England Clinical Research Fellow and Winston Churchill Fellow. Dr Nathan is also a Health Service Manager and a qualified Health and Physical Education teacher with over a decade experience leading the implementation and evaluation of one of Australia’s largest population-wide child obesity prevention services and research trials in community settings, in particular within the school setting (Good for Kids. Good for Life).

Research Interests:
Dr Nathan has developed and managed an integrated model of research and practice, where she partnered with researchers, and leveraged academic infrastructure to design and evaluate models to improve the delivery and impact of obesity prevention services at scale.

Current role for the NCOIS:
Dr Nathan will lead the physical activity trial in the CRE and will provide expert and end-user input into the systematic review and research prioritisation processes. She will also bring her established networks with the Department of Education, Catholic Schools Office, and Association of Independent Schools, Sport and Recreation.

Profile: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/nicole-nathan

Dr-David-Chambers
David Chambers
Doctor

Background:
Dr David Chambers is Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute in the United States. Dr Chambers’ current role involves coordinating implementation of scientific evidence across the entire cancer control continuum; overseeing the development, maintenance and evolution of multiple platforms that bridge research and policy; and development of initiatives to progress dissemination and implementation.

Research Interests:
Dr Chambers is a leader in implementation science, having extensive experience in studying the implementation of evidence into practice. He currently holds a portfolio of grants focused on studying the integration of scientific findings and effective clinical practices in mental health services. From 2006 to 2014 he served as the Associate Director for Dissemination and Implementation Research at the National Institute of Health, where he was responsible for coordinating the implementation of research into health, organising annual scientific conferences and coordinating a summer training institute.

Current role for the NCOIS:
Dr Chambers will provide expert advice on developing the implementation strategies and studies. He will support the training of research staff to undertake implementation research, through advice, mentoring and providing access to resources through his professional networks. He will also assist with disseminating the findings from this NCOIS through his international networks.

Profile: https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/is/about/staff/chambers

Researchers

Dr-Nicole-Nathan
Nicole Nathan
Doctor

Background:
Dr Nicole Nathan is a NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice Fellow, Hunter New England Clinical Research Fellow and Winston Churchill Fellow. Dr Nathan is also a Health Service Manager and a qualified Health and Physical Education teacher with over a decade experience leading the implementation and evaluation of one of Australia’s largest population-wide child obesity prevention services and research trials in community settings, in particular within the school setting (Good for Kids. Good for Life).

Research Interests:
Dr Nathan has developed and managed an integrated model of research and practice, where she partnered with researchers, and leveraged academic infrastructure to design and evaluate models to improve the delivery and impact of obesity prevention services at scale.

Current role for the NCOIS:
Dr Nathan will lead the physical activity trial in the CRE and will provide expert and end-user input into the systematic review and research prioritisation processes. She will also bring her established networks with the Department of Education, Catholic Schools Office, and Association of Independent Schools, Sport and Recreation.

Profile: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/nicole-nathan

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Matthew McLaughlin
Social Media Manager

Background:
Matthew Mclaughlin (Tepi) is a PhD Student at the University of Newcastle. His PhD is embedded in a health service delivery organisation delivering a large physical activity program in schools, Hunter New England Population Health. Tepi is also the Chair of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health Early Career Network.

Research Interests:
His avid interest is in getting people moving more. In 2017, Tepi completed his Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) at Loughborough University and the University of Western Australia. In 2015, Tepi took a year out of study to complete a one year work placement in research, a Diploma of Professional Studies.

Current Role for the NCOIS:
Tepi is our Social Media Manager, and is very active on our Twitter account (@ncoisaustralia), get in contact today.

Profilehttps://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/matthew-mclaughlin-uon#career

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Alice Grady
Doctor

Background:
Dr Alice Grady is a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle, and a Program Manager at Hunter New England Population Health. Having been awarded her PhD in 2016, her research aims to prevent chronic disease by putting robust evidence into practice within healthcare and community settings, including early childhood education and care. Dr Grady manages an integrated research–practice team to both deliver and evaluate evidence-based healthy eating and physical activity interventions to centre-based and family day care early childhood education and care services.

Research Interests:
Dr Grady has a particular interest in using innovative technologies, such as web-based programs, to put evidence into practice in a way that is effective, sustainable and can be scaled up to the benefit of the population.

Current Role with the NCOIS:
Dr Grady will lead the assessments of intervention scalability, and the physical activity trial within early childhood education and care settings.

Profile: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/alice-grady

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Melanie Lum
PhD Student

Melanie Lum is a PhD Candidate at University of Newcastle investigating health promotion in childcare.

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Rebecca Hodder
Doctor

Background:
Dr Rebecca Hodder is a NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle, and a Program Manager at Hunter New England Population Health. Dr Hodder has over 10 years’ experience in the implementation and evaluation of large-scale health promotion programs addressing key risk factors for non-communicable chronic diseases in community settings, such as schools and hospitals. She was Research and Evaluation Manager on Australia’s largest childhood obesity trial, Good for Kids. Good for Life which has been awarded multiple awards including the National Preventive Health Agency Research Translation Awards and is the basis of current NSW child obesity policy.  Dr Hodder has extensive expertise in systematic reviews (28 of her publications relate to systematic reviews) and is an international leader in the generation of living evidence and leads the first Cochrane living systematic review which utilises Cochrane Collaboration ‘next generation’ evidence systems.

Research Interests:
Dr Hodder is currently investigating the international and national evidence-practice gaps in schools-based chronic disease prevention targeting healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use.

Current Role for the NCOIS:
Dr Hodder is Stream Lead for Research Streams 1 and 3.

Profile: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/rebecca-hodder

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Dr Penny Reeves
Researcher

Background:
Dr Penny Reeves completed a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) at the University of Newcastle, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Health Economics from the University of Tromso, Norway. After completion, Penny worked as a research officer at the Hunter Centre for Health Advancement before moving into a policy oriented role in the Health Improvement Branch at NSW Health. In 2000 she relocated to London and continued working in health policy as part of the UK Government’s Economic Service. Between 2002 and 2010 Penny worked as a senior health economist for private consultancies in the UK and Australia. Before joining the HRE team at HMRI in 2014, Penny worked as a senior health economist at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd, Sydney, where she was engaged in developing economic submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

Research Interests:
Penny has undertaken many economic evaluations across a broad spectrum of health and medical research areas. Most notably, Penny led the novel economic evaluation assessing the costs and benefits of a collaborative model of care targeting marginalised people with chronic mental health issues. In addition to economic evaluations, Penny advises local health district administrators and researcher on issues related to health technology assessment and is involved with developing research in the area of measuring and promoting research translation and impact.

Current Role for the NCOIS:
Penny is Stream Lead for Research Stream 4.3.

Profile: https://hmri.org.au/people/penny-reeves

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Ana Renda
PhD Candidate

Background

Ana Renda is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, working as a health promotion officer in Sydney. Since arriving in Australia, she has been working in the Early Childhood sector implementing the Healthy Children Initiative programs. Prior to this, Ana has gained extensive experience working in sports promotion, tennis coaching, community nutrition and clinical nutrition in several countries.

Research Interests

Ana is interested in promoting healthy habits of families with young children.  After being a health promotion practitioner for a few years, she is interested in improving the implementation of early childhood education and care health promotion programs.

Current role for the NCOIS:
PhD Candidate for NCOIS

Profile: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/ana-renda

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Alison Brown
PhD Candidate

Background

Alison is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and PhD Candidate at the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Population Health. Her PhD focusses on the prevention of childhood obesity through the implementation and evaluation of an m-health healthy lunchbox program for primary school children. Alison is passionate about public health nutrition and the prevention of chronic disease.

In 2017, Alison completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honors Class 1) at the University of Newcastle. Prior to this, in 2011, she completed a Bachelor of Clinical Science at Charles Sturt University.

Research Interests
Alison’s research interests currently focus on the application of digital m-health interventions in an effort to contribute to behaviour change, particularly in relation to children. Alison has a keen interest in implementation science and knowledge translation, particularly in the area of public health nutrition.

Current role for the NCOIS:
Alison is a PhD Candidate for NCOIS.

Profile: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/alison-l-brown

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Background

Katrina completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours Class 1) in 2018 before working as a clinical dietitian in 2019. In 2020  she started working with NSW Health on the Go4Fun team before joining the HNE COVID contact tracing team. In 2021 Katrina commenced her PhD exploring the potential of multi-risk chronic disease programs in secondary schools.

Research Interests
Katrina has a strong interest in chronic disease prevention in children and adolescents, in particular the areas of obesity, nutrition, physical activity, and mental health.

Current role for the NCOIS:
Katrina is a PhD Candidate for NCOIS.