Our People

Academic staff


Dr Sophie Hill

Senior Research Fellow, Head of Centre for Health Communication and Participation and Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Consumers and Communication

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Dr Rebecca Ryan

Research Fellow, Deputy Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Consumers and Communication

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Anneliese Synnot

Research Fellow and Editor, Cochrane Consumers and Communication

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Bronwen Merner

Research Officer and Managing Editor, Cochrane Consumers and Communication

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Dianne Lowe

Research Officer, Cochrane Consumers and Communication

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Anne Parkhill

Information Specialist, Cochrane Consumers and Communication



Jessica Kaufman

Research Officer, Communicate to Vaccinate project

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Louisa Walsh

Research Officer

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Administrative staff

KowLin LeongSenior Administrator, Centre for Health Communication and Participation9479 5779k.leong@latrobe.edu.au

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Honorary Associates

Dr Claudia Meyer, RDNS Institute, Victoria

Dr Michael Summers, Victoria

Dr Artur Manuel Muloliwa, Ministry of Health, Mozambique

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Higher Degree by Research students

Current students

Rachael Hyder (Master of Public Health candidate): Communicating Hearing test diagnosis information to parents

Peterson Junius Muriithi Nyaga (Doctor of Public Health candidate): Regulation of private medical clinics in Kenya: Insights from regulators and directions for improved regulatory outcomes

Jack Nunn (PhD candidate): Genomics Research and Involving People

Molly O’Sullivan (Master of Public Health candidate): Investigating health care communication as a component of the clinical practice guidelines relevant to young Australians

Anneliese Synnot (PhD candidate): Stakeholder involvement to set priorities for health communication and participation research

Past students

Jessica Kaufman (PhD candidate): How do we know what works? Identifying and prioritising stakeholder-relevant outcomes to measure the effects of communication for childhood vaccination

Dianne Lowe (PhD candidate): A mixed method exploration of the prevalence, health burden and medicines-related communication experiences of multimorbidity among the working-age population with musculoskeletal conditions

Bronwen Merner (PhD candidate): Carers’ contributions to the patient safety of their relatives in acute hospital settings

Claudia Meyer (awarded PhD in 2015): Translating falls prevention knowledge for community-dwelling older people living with dementia and their carers–what works?

Ania Sieracka (awarded Master of Public Health in 2016): Consumer participation in quality and safety in Australian hospitals

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Advisory Committee

Ms Susan Biggar
Susan is the National Engagement Adviser at Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). She has broad professional and personal experience in consumer participation, including many roles as a consumer representative at board and committee levels across a number of health organisations, and as a Senior Manager at the Health Issues Centre.
Ms Noni Bourke
Noni is Chief of Organisational Support and Development at Bass Coast Health. She has extensive experience working in public health, both as a speech pathologist and in safety and quality management roles.
Ms Mary Draper
Mary is the immediate past CEO of Health Issues Centre, and has academic and practical health administration experience in quality and safety. She has extensive experience in analysing quality and safety of health care from a consumer point of view.
Professor Stephen Kent
Stephen is the Head of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University. He is a neuroscientist with a long-standing interest in psychoneuroimmunology (i.e., the interactions between behaviour, the brain and the immune system). His recent work has characterised the behavioural, physiological, and immunological consequences of caloric restriction.
Ms Louise McKinlay
Louise is the Director of Consumers as Partners for Safer Care Victoria. Louise is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience in clinical and management roles in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has worked as a nurse in acute health, community health and aged care. She also has extensive leadership experience in strategic quality system management, clinical education, organisational development and consumer engagement.

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