There is a large number of people working on the study program across all our partner organisations. However, the Project Manager and Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator are key staff members who are central to all study operations and important connect points with the community.
|Dr Jill Blackman – Senior Project Manager
Dr Jill Blackman commenced as Senior Project Manager to the Hazelwood Health Study in October 2015. Formerly a Research Fellow in the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Jill has approximately 20 years experience coordinating large-scale health studies including the longitudinal health study of Australian veterans of the 1991 Gulf War and the health study of Australia’s veterans of the Korean War. Jill oversees all aspects of the Hazelwood Health Study, including the research streams, contractual deliverables and budget. Jill is based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Alfred Centre in Melbourne. Jill can be contacted on 03 9903 0308 or [email protected].
|Marita Dalton – Manager
Marita Dalton commenced her position as Manager of the Latrobe Early Life Follow-Up (ELF) Study in May 2015. With a background in health information management, epidemiology and database management, Marita’s experience with large cohort studies has most recently been as Project Manager of the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) Study at Menzies Institute for Medical Research (Tasmania). She is responsible for overall coordination of activities relating to recruitment, data collection and data linkage for the ELF Study. Marita is based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Alfred Centre in Melbourne. Marita can be contacted on 0409 218 422 or [email protected].
|Anthony Del Monaco – Data Manager
Anthony Del Monaco has worked as a Data Manager on several studies for over ten years in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. He will be responsible for data extraction for the Hazelwood Health study. Anthony is based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Alfred Centre in Melbourne. Anthony can be contacted on 03 9903 0978 or [email protected].
|Susan Denny – Recruitment Coordinator
Susan Denny commenced in October 2015 and her role was initially focused on recruiting people into the Adult Survey. With the close of Adult Survey recruitment in early 2017, Susan’s role has changed to focus on the next stage of recruitment into the 2017 research streams, with a focus on the Clinical Streams. Susan has a nursing background and has worked extensively in the medical research area recruiting and assessing patients in the ASPREE study with Monash University. Susan has lived in Gippsland for the past 24 years and has worked with the local Division of General Practice, managing The Aged Care GP Panels Program and has worked extensively in many programs for local health care providers in the area. Susan can be contacted on 03 5122 7151 or [email protected].
|Christina Dimitriadis – Research Officer Data Linkage
Christina Dimitriadis has worked as a researcher in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University for over ten years. She has coordinated several externally funded projects and has prior experience conducting data linkage for the Australian Firefighters’ Health Study and Healthwise Cancer Incidence & Mortality Study. Christina will be responsible for aspects relating to ethics applications for the Hazelwood Health Study and will provide assistance with the data linkage processes. Christina is based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Alfred Centre in Melbourne. Christina can be contacted on
03 9903 0159 or [email protected].
|Dr Caroline Gao – Biostatistician
Dr Caroline Gao commenced as the project biostatistician on 24 Feb 2017. Caroline obtained her PhD in infectious disease epidemiology from the University of Hong Kong in 2012. After that, she joined Turning Point, Monash University Eastern Health Clinical School working on alcohol and drug epidemiology. Caroline has been involved in a diverse range of research projects involved with analysing different types of administrative, clinical and survey data. Caroline’s role with the Hazelwood Health Study will be to undertake analyses of collected data. Caroline is based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Alfred Centre in Melbourne. Caroline can be contacted on 03 9903 0317 or [email protected].
|Dr Yuming Guo – NHMRC Career Development Fellow
Dr Yuming Guo is an associate professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Before moving to Monash University in March 2017, Dr Guo held appointments at the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, and Peking University. His leading group focuses on environmental epidemiology, biostatistics, global environmental change, air pollution, climate change, remote sensing modelling, and infectious disease modelling. Dr Guo has published over 100 papers in the past 5 years in prestigious international journals including the highest-ranked journals (Lancet and BMJ). Dr Guo is a member of Think Tank for Climate Change and Human Health in Australia. Yuming can be contacted on 03 9905 6100 or
|Sarah Lee – Researcher
Sarah Lee has worked as a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University since 2016, conducting several projects in the area of rural health.
In 2016 she commenced as the Research Assistant on the Psychological Impacts stream, including coordination of the Hazelwood Schools Study. Sarah is based in the School of Rural Health – MUDRH in Moe-Newborough and can be contacted on 03 5128 1026 or [email protected].
|Shaun Mallia – Communications and Engagement Adviser
Shaun Mallia commenced as Communications and Engagement Adviser to the Hazelwood Health Study in May 2017. Previously he was the editor of the Latrobe Valley Express newspaper for about 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 will be responsible for engaging with the community, stakeholders and media about the Hazelwood Health Study. Shaun will be located on a temporary basis at School of Rural Health, Churchill (Federation University Gippsland campus) with Professor Judi Walker and Dr Matthew Carroll while office space is being sourced in Morwell. Shaun can be contacted on 03 5122 7382 or [email protected]
|Dr Susan Yell – Researcher
Dr Susan Yell is a senior lecturer in media at Federation University, Gippsland Campus, and a member of the Federation University Research Centre of Resilience in Communities. She has published in the fields of communication and media studies, linguistics and semiotics. She is interested in the relationships between social practices and discourse, and the role of communication technologies in enabling (or hindering) social connection. Her research has focused on media coverage of natural disasters (including the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires), and the formation of emotional communities during and after disasters. She is responsible for the media analysis component within the Community Wellbeing stream of the Hazelwood Health Study. Susan can be contacted on 03 5122 6442 or [email protected].
|Kylie Sawyer – Administration Assistant
Kylie Sawyer commenced with the Hazelwood Health Study in November 2015 as an Administration Assistant helping the community with their Adult Surveys. She then went on to provide administrative support, specifically to the Communications and Engagement Adviser. Kylie has also been involved with the Latrobe Early Life Follow-Up clinicals and now helps community members book appointments for cardiovascular and respiratory testing. She has been part of the Latrobe Valley for many years and has more than 10 years’ experience in administration work. During the Hazelwood mine fire, Kylie was employed by the Hazelwood Power Station providing administration support, assisting emergency personnel and staff. Kylie can be contacted on 1800 985 899 or [email protected].
|Kristina Thomas – Administration Assistant
Kristina Thomas has been part of the bookings team for the Hazelwood Health Study since August 2017, after working with the Latrobe Early Life Follow-up Study greeting and working with local families and young children during the testing phase for that aspect of the study. She has a background in the performing arts and children’s entertainment, as well as working in medical education with the School of Rural Health – Churchill since its inception in 2008. She grew up in the Latrobe Valley and has called it home for the best part of her life, having lived in the area both during the 2009 Black Saturday bushfire, and during the Hazelwood Mine Fire. Kristina can be contacted on
1800 985 899 or [email protected].
|Shantelle Allgood – Administration Assistant
Shantelle Allgood joined the Hazelwood Health Study team in August 2017. Shantelle brings with her more than 14 years of client services and administration experience, many of those spent serving the Latrobe Valley community. Shantelle is an Administration Assistant for the Hazelwood Health Study cardiovascular and respiratory clinical streams. Her role includes performing a host of administrative tasks including front-line customer service within the bookings/recruitment office. Shantelle’s diverse role also extends to the Cardiovascular Stream working directly with participants face to face and providing administrative support to the cardiovascular clinical team. Shantelle can be contacted on 1800 985 899.