Associate Director, Evidence and Evaluation
Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health
Describe your role in one or two sentences: My team is responsible for strategic research and evaluation support within the Ministry; facilitating the generation and use of high-quality population health evidence; communicating and disseminating research evidence; and supporting the development of a skilled and sustainable population health workforce through the four Population Health Training Programs.
The best part of my role is … making a positive impact on public policy.
The most challenging part is … managing the rough and tumble of competing demands that come with being a policy maker.
I’m interested in the work of the Prevention Centre because … it has the potential to make a substantial contribution to the science of prevention and ultimately result in better health outcomes for the population.
At work I am always learning that … you must accept the things you cannot change, while having the courage to change the things you can. The trick is knowing which is which!
Before my current position, my most memorable role was … Head of the Knowledge Transfer Division at the Sax Institute.
Most people don’t know that … I’m of Dalmatian heritage.
When I’m not working, I enjoy … sharing a meal of freshly caught seafood and home-made wine with family and friends.
I would tell my 16-year-old self … mullets are not fashionable under any circumstances, travel at every opportunity you get, and life will be much easier if you do your PhD before you have kids.
The person I would most like to meet is … Martin Luther King, because he was a beacon of peace and tolerance.
The talent I would most like to have is … to sing like a bird.
My motto is … audere est facere (to dare is to do).
I try to stay healthy by … being active in as many ways as possible, particularly cycling.