We are delighted to welcome Shaun Mallia to the Hazelwood Health Study (HHS) research team.
Shaun will be the study’s Communications and Engagement Adviser and takes up the appointment on Monday 1 May.
In Year 3, the HHS needs to increase engagement with the community and to re-profile the study to better align with the new environment in Latrobe City and the needs of the community. This new position will build on the work of the HHS Gippsland team, especially the work of the Adult Survey Recruitment Coordinator, and will work closely with appropriate people involved in the new Latrobe Health Assembly and the Health Innovation Zone. The position will have responsibility for both the study’s Community Advisory Committee and the Clinical Reference Group, and will be required to coordinate the study’s communications including media releases, the website and social media.
Shaun was the editor of the Latrobe Valley Express newspaper for three years where he oversaw the newspaper’s award winning coverage of the Hazelwood Mine Fire and subsequent Hazelwood Mine Fire inquiries. He has more than 10 years’ experience in media and communications having worked for publications including the Gippsland Farmer and the Moe and Narracan News. He has also completed some media consultancy work for Monash School of Rural Health.
Shaun has lived in Morwell his entire life, 34 years, and has participated in a number of community groups in the past decade. He is currently a member of the Latrobe Health Assembly and is a strong advocate of the region. When not advocating for the Latrobe Valley, Shaun can be found running the many Gippsland trails in preparation for his next marathon.
Shaun will be located on a temporary basis at School of Rural Health, Churchill (Federation Uni Gippsland campus) with Prof Judi Walker and Dr Matthew Carroll while office space is being sourced in Morwell.