The Prevention Centre is a collaboration of investigators, partners, research fellows and staff. Here we meet just a few of our staff and collaborators, learning about their work and life outside of work.

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Simone Sherriff

Simone Sherriff, a Wotjobaluk woman, Aboriginal health researcher and PhD candidate, has lived experience in how genuine long-term engagement can transform an Aboriginal community’s attitudes towards research.

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Melanie Pescud

A move to Canberra from her home town of Perth was the catalyst for Melanie Pescud’s interest in systems thinking – a way of seeing the world that has extended beyond her career.

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Meron Lewis

PhD candidate Meron Lewis came to dietetics as a mature age student. Now she's working to identify policy actions to improve nutrition in low socioeconomic groups

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Michelle Irving

After a varied career spanning health promotion, clinical guideline implementation and knowledge translation, Dr Irving brings a wealth of experience to her role as Knowledge Mobilisation Fellow at the Prevention Centre.

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Lucie Rychetnik

Lucie Rychetnik, Deputy Director - Research of the Prevention Centre, is a public health researcher with a special interest in knowledge mobilisation. Much of her research has focused on how to support evidence-informed decision making in public health and prevention in a way that is both rigorous and practical.

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Sanchia Aranda

As CEO of Cancer Council Australia, Professor Sanchia Aranda sees their collaboration with the Prevention Centre as an opportunity to influence and engage with decision makers around policy implementation.

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Seanna Davidson

Seanna Davidson provided systems expertise to research projects, developed curricula and resources for systems capacity building, and helped teams to unpick complex problems.

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Katina D'Onise

A former GP who has worked in rural and remote communities in South Africa and Australia, Katina D'Onise is now Director of the Prevention and Population Health Branch at SA Health.

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