Who we are

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Dr Armita Adily

Dr Armita Adily has over 15 years of experience in public health and health services research. She also has 8 years of experience in teaching research methods to medical and postgraduate students. Earlier in her career Armita had been involved in a number of mental health research projects at the South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit and later at the Department of Psychological Medicine, the...
CRE Role: Associate Investigators and Research Staff
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Dr Azar Kariminia

Azar is the project statistician and coordinator of The TREAT Asia Pediatric HIV Observational Database (TApHOD), a collaborative study of infants and children living with HIV in the Asia-Pacific. Azar’s primary interests include monitoring, evaluation, and analysis of large-scale longitudinal studies among children and adolescents living with HIV, that are policy relevant in a national and...
CRE Role: Associate Investigators and Research Staff
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Mr Lee Knight

Qualifications: Master of Nursing in Clinical Practice (Maj. Mental Health); Master of Forensic Mental Health Bio: Lee Knight trained in the UK at the University of Nottingham as a registered nurse in mental health. After working in the field of acute psychiatric admissions he immigrated to Australia in 2000. Lee has extensive experience in acute inpatient mental health, community case management...
CRE Role: Associate Investigators and Research Staff
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Ms Laura Miles

Laura is a recent addition to the Hunter New England Mental Health Neuropsychiatry Service.  Laura holds a Bachelors of Science (Health) degree and a Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) degree from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine based in Louisiana, USA. Laura has been lead investigator in shire outbreak investigations, and authored a number of population...
CRE Role: Associate Investigators and Research Staff
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Dr Melanie Simpson

Qualifications: B SocSci (Crim) Hons, PhD Bio: Melanie is the Co-ordinator of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Offender Health and a post-doctoral researcher at the Justice Health Research Program, Kirby Institute. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) Honours degree and a PhD, both from the UNSW Australia. Melanie has considerable experience in researching vulnerable...
CRE Role: Aboriginal Research Reference Group, Associate Investigators and Research Staff
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Dr Paul Simpson

Paul is a research fellow of the Justice Health Research Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia, and the Australian Centre for Research Excellence in Offender Health. His research activities, both quantitative and qualitative, have centred on health, marginalisation, ethics and identity within state institutional and civil society contexts; including Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and...
CRE Role: Associate Investigators and Research Staff
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Dr Megan Williams

Megan Williams, a Wiradjuri descendent, has qualifications in human services, social science and public health, with 20 years’ experience combining service delivery with research. Megan Is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney. She has mixed-methods research experience among Aboriginal service providers, and people with multiple health and...
CRE Role: Aboriginal Research Reference Group, Associate Investigators and Research Staff
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Dr Lisa Wood

Dr Wood leads the Nutrition programme within the Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, University of Newcastle. Dr Wood is a nutritional biochemist, who has been working in the area of nutrition and inflammation for over 15 years. Dr Wood completed her PhD in 2001, in Nutrition & Dietetics, at the University of Newcastle. Her PhD studied the relationship between antioxidants and...
CRE Role: Associate Investigators and Research Staff
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Dr Lorraine Yap

Lorraine Yap has been involved in the field of international and sexual health for the last ten years.  Her first academic appointment after being awarded her PhD in December 1999 was with the NHMRC funded "Sexual Health and Attitude of Australian Prisoners Study" at the University of New South Wales.  She started on this project in October 2005 and has since worked closely with Associate...
CRE Role: Associate Investigators and Research Staff