Staff

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 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 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].
 anthonydelmonaco 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].
 dimitriadisc Christina Dimitriadis – Data Linkage and Extraction Manager
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].
 Caroline_Gao-edit 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].
  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].