Research Supervisors

Professor Danielle Mazza

Professor Danielle Mazza is an academic general practitioner and author of Women’s Health in General Practice (2nd Ed. published by Churchill Livingstone, 2011). She currently leads a program of translational research that is focused on women’s sexual and reproductive health, preventive care, and cancer. Danielle has acquired more than $18 million in competitive funding as a Chief Investigator and has 85 peer-reviewed publications (44 as first-author) in international and national refereed journals. She is currently leading two major studies: (1) ACCORd - an NHMRC-funded project on increasing the uptake of long-acting contraception among Australian women and (2) LEAD - a Cancer Council Australia-funded project that is investigating the differences in health outcomes between Anglo-Australian lung cancer patients and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Professor Grant Russell

Professor Grant Russell is the Head of Monash University’s multi-disciplinary School of Primary and Allied Health Care and Director of the Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit. Grant leads two substantial community based research programs. OPTIMISE, an NHMRC Partnership Project, brings together 14 communities, governments and academic organisations to evaluate the evaluating the feasibility of a collaborative approach to building system capacity to deliver quality, accessible and coordinated PHC care to refugees in Australia. IMPACT, is a 5 year Canadian - Australian Centre of Research Excellence that is generating sustainable innovative solutions to minimising access barriers faced by vulnerable populations in six jurisdictions, three in Australia and three in Canada.

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Professor Jan Coles

Professor Jan Coles is an academic general practitioner who has worked in clinical medicine and general practice for 25 years. She is leads the School of Primary Health Care research portfolio and coordinates the activities of the higher degree by research students. In 2015, she received the Dean’s Award for Innovation in Teaching and was an invited expert panel member at the World Health Organization meeting in Geneva to develop family violence curriculum for health professional students in developing nations. Jan’s research has concentrated on the impacts of childhood sexual abuse on Australian women’s health and the education of health practitioners in the area of family violence. She is currently the lead investigator for a Learning and Teaching grant, funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching to develop a national teaching resource for family violence. She has successfully supervised five outstanding BMedSc students in the last three years who will be the great advocates for their patients in the future.

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Associate Professor Craig Hassed

Associate Professor Craig Hassed is a General Practitioner and Senior Lecturer in the Monash University Department of General Practice where he has been teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels since 1989. He has been instrumental in introducing a variety of innovations into medical education and practice with an emphasis on the application of holistic, integrative and mind-body medicine in medical practice and reconnecting different knowledge systems e.g. medical science and philosophy, in a way which is grounded, balanced, scientifically valid and clinically effective. Craig is Mindfulness Coordinator at Monash University and has co-authored the FutureLearn online mindfulness course, Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Sustainable Performance. He has authored and co-authored 12 books including Mindfulness for Life, Mindful Learning, Mindful Medical Practitioners, and the textbook, General Practice - the integrative approach and also featured in the documentary, The Connection. He is a regular speaker in Australia and internationally on these topics and is regularly invited to contribute to a variety of community and professional groups.

Dr Samantha Chakraborty

Dr Samantha Chakraborty is a primary health care researcher with a focus on developing and implementing research that makes a difference. Samantha has a unique combination of skills comprising implementation science, research management, and quantitative and qualitative research in primary health care. She is currently overseeing the development of evidence-based and implementable clinical practice guidelines for the management of workplace related mental health conditions.

Dr I-Hao Cheng

Dr I-Hao Cheng is a nationally recognised expert in the primary health care of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia across research, policy, service delivery, and community engagement. His extensive work includes researching a national framework for primary health care delivery to refugees, evidence of effectiveness and evaluation tools, and a landmark refugee health needs assessment in South East Melbourne that was the basis of strategic changes in the region.

Dr Marina Kunin

Dr Marina Kunin has been working as a social and health policy researcher since 1997. Her research interests lie in the fields of primary care, health systems, health policy and population health. Marina has methods expertise in qualitative and quantitative techniques with particular interest in mixed methods approach. She enjoys doing applied, policy-oriented research. Currently, Marina is involved in evaluation of interventions to reduce unmet needs for care and improve timeliness and accessibility of care for vulnerable population groups.

Dr Riki Lane

Dr Riki Lane is a research fellow at the Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit, with expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods in the areas of sociology of health, science and gender, and transgender health care. Work at SAPCRU involves qualitative and ethnographic research studies into models of primary health care, including: integrated primary health care centres; nursing in general practice; eHealth, national evaluations of Medicare Locals and Primary Health Networks, and explaining differences in access to care across developed nations. Riki is also a research/project worker at the Gender Clinic, Monash Health, undertaking research into transgender health.

Dr Xiaoping Lin

Dr Xiaoping Lin joined the Department of General Practice as a Research Fellow in July 2016. She works closely with Prof Danielle Mazza and oversees the LEAD (Lung cancer diagnostic and treatment pathways: A comparison between CALD and Anglo-Australian patients) project. Xiaoping has a background in psychology and her main research areas include mental health, dementia, cancer, and health service development and evaluation. Being an immigrant, Xiaoping has a particular interest in health and cultural diversity and has worked in many projects involving people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Xiaoping completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2014 and her PhD explored the nature of older parent-child relationships and their associations with older people’s psychological wellbeing, with a focus on the differences and similarities between older Australian-born people and older Chinese immigrants.

Dr Debbi Long

Debbi is a health anthropologist interested in culture and health, including understanding the health system as a “culture” in ways that facilitate cultural change and quality improvement in health service delivery. She is passionate about health equity and the delivery of appropriate, quality care to vulnerable individuals and communities. She has developed a number of innovative teaching tools for qualitative methodology in health settings, and has extensive research experience with multidisciplinary clinical teams. She is currently working in the Department of General Practice with Professor Jan Coles on the PACTS family violence education program, and on a project with the Department of Physiotherapy exploring client needs identification in traffic accident and WorkCover rehabilitation care.

Mr Tshepo Rasekaba

Mr Tshepo Rasekaba has an interest in health services and clinical research that informs chronic disease management, particularly diabetes, across primary and tertiary care. He has undertaken work in Hospital Admission Risk Program evaluation including service utilisation and outcomes in type 2 diabetes, hospital intensive care unit mortality monitoring using the Critical Outcome Prediction Equation in Victorian public hospital ICUs. His PhD research explored a telemedicine intervention in the management of insulin treated gestational diabetes. That being said, Tshepo is a generalist researcher keen on applying his experience and research skills in evidence based clinical practice, healthcare program development, implementation and evaluation to impact service and patient outcomes. He is currently the evidence reviewer in the development of clinical practice guidelines for the management of workplace-related mental health conditions in general practice.

Dr Lyle Turner

Dr Lyle Turner is a research fellow and data scientist within the Department of General Practice. Through his primary role as biostatistician for the Melbourne East Monash General Practice database (MAGNET), Lyle pursues research around his interest in linkage and analysis of routinely collected datasets to inform policy and health service delivery.

Lyle’s background is grounded in data – its collection, storage, analysis and interpretation. All data has a story to tell, and he strongly believes that research has a role to play in shaping how and why such data are collected, and what impact it can have on society. Lyle has been involved in a variety of research both in Australia and the UK, working on projects linked to health services delivery (City University London) and epidemiology and public health (Queensland University of Technology and public health (QUT). His current research interests relate to the use of routinely collected General Practice data to examine issues around preventive care and chronic disease management in General Practice and its impact on acute care utilisation.

Dr Shiva Vasi

Dr Shiva Vasi is a primary care researcher and a lecturer in transcultural psychiatry. Shiva is a qualitative researcher with a strong interest in refugees and asylum seekers health in Australia and refugee mental health. Shiva’s previous research includes qualitative evaluation of innovations in primary care, researching a national framework for primary health care delivery to refugees, and mental health in primary care.

Dr Cathy Watson

Dr Cathy Watson completed her PhD at the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne in 2013, where she conducted a small randomized controlled trial in women's sexual health, as well as a survey and a small mass spectrometry project. She has a keen interest in women's health and joined the Department of General Practice at Monash University in February 2016 to project manage the Australian Contraceptive Choice (ACCORd) cluster randomized controlled trial. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Department, and also works part-time as a women's health nurse practitioner at the Royal Women's Hospital.

Dr Ting Xia

Dr Ting Xia is a Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice. She joined the department of General Practice in February 2015. Her research interests focus on GP management of chronic diseases, data linkage of routinely collected general practice and hospital datasets, and compensation injury data. She is also a Research Fellow in the Institute for Safety, Compensation, and Recovery Research (ISCRR), where she works on the project “Development of an OHS Monitoring Framework for the Victorian public health sector”.

Ting’s background is in health assessment research. She completed a PhD in Public Health at the University of Adelaide in 2015 focussing on evaluating the health co-benefit of promoting alternative transport use. Ting had worked for two years as a public health physician in Nanjing Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, China.