About us

We’re a multidisciplinary team of researchers with expertise across public health, developmental, health and clinical psychology, exercise and nutrition, women’s and children’s health, ageing and dementia, media and communications, epidemiology, randomised controlled trials, intervention mapping, evidence synthesis, and implementation science, including evaluation of intervention effectiveness.

This wide-ranging experience allows us to work together on health, social service and educational sector improvements that can be successfully translated to better health, social and developmental outcomes for children, young people, adults and families. The knowledge we generate is crucial to transforming policy across these sectors.

Industry and community partnership is integral to our success. We’ve led more than 50 industry research consultancy projects over the last five years, each of them involving embedding our research fellows, research assistants or PhD students within the partner group to counteract siloing. In so doing we lead theoretical and methodological rigour, capacity building and change across the research-industry partnership, as opposed to just delivering a final report.

Dr Briony HillDr Darshini AytonProfessor Helen SkouterisThe Team

Executive Team

Professor Helen Skouteris – Head

Dr Darshini Ayton – Deputy Head, NHMRC Investigator Fellow

Dr Briony Hill – Deputy Head, NHMRC Early Career Fellow

Leaders of Industry Partnerships

Dr Darshini Ayton Lead, Baptcare Aged Care Industry Partnership
Dr Claire Blewitt Lead, Bestchance family Child Care and Alannah Madeline Foundation Industry Partnerships
Dr Tatiana Corrales Lead, Allambi Industry Partnership
Dr Rachael Green Lead, HEALing Matters, Department of Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH), and Centre for Child and Family Welfare Industry Partnerships
Dr Briony Hill Lead, MacKillop Family Services and Good Shepherd Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum workplace portal Industry Partnerships
Jacynta Krakouer Lead, First People’s Health & Wellbeing Industry Partnership
Dr Heather Morris Lead, MacKillop Family Services Industry Partnership
Dr Mandy O’Connor Lead, Queen Elizabeth Centre, Relationships Australia Victoria and Good Shepherd Industry Partnerships
Dr Renee O’Donnell Lead, Baptcare Child and Family Services Industry Partnership

Research Fellows and Research Assistants

Julie Avery Working across MacKillop Family Services & South Australia Industry Partnerships
Dr Heidi Bergmeier Leading work in maternal and child lifestyle health across the first 2,000 days
Dr Danielle Berkovic Working across Baptcare Dementia Model of Care & Health Services projects
Dr Lauren Bruce Project Manager, MyCare Ageing randomised controlled trial
Sarah Carmody Working across HEALing Matters industry Partnership
Dr Alex Chung Leading work in childhood lifestyle health, obesity prevention and the role of policy
Anna Crawford-Parker Working across HEALing Matters Industry Partnership
Samantha De Araugo Working across BetterBrains randomised controlled trial
Emma Galvin Working across MacKillop Family Services & South Australia Industry Partnerships
Caitlyn Gourlay Working across BetterBrains randomised controlled trial
Hannah Gulline Working across Health Services projects
Kostas Hatzikiriakidis Working across Baptcare, MacKillop, and HEALing Matters Industry Partnerships
Seonad Madden Working across the MacKillop Family Services and Good Shepherd Health in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum workplace portal Industry Partnerships
Catriona Parker Working across Health Services projects
Jess Permezel Working across CRE HiPP LGBTIQA+ (Centre of Research Excellence Health in Preconception & Pregnancy)
Dr Stephanie Pirotta Senior clinician and Research Fellow, BetterBrains randomised controlled trial
Melissa Savaglio Working across Baptcare and MacKillop Industry Partnerships
Madelaine Smales Working across HEALing Matters Industry Partnership
Yvonne Sun Working across Our Place Voice of Children Industry Partnership
Ruby Tate Working across HEALing Matters Industry Partnership
Jacob Thomas Working across HEALing Matters Industry Partnership
Tess Tsindos Working across Health Services projects & HSCU Short-Courses

Individual Collaborators of the Health and Social Care Unit

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HSCU Business Manager Contact us

Tracy TaylorTracy.Taylor@monash.edu

Engagement Lead, Policy and Projects

Mitchell Bowden

Consumer Advocate Coordinator

Siarn Rakic

Media and Communications Advisors

Michelle Putt
Rebecca Krispin
Tia Haralabakos

PhD Students

Julie Avery Implementation and evaluation of a trauma responsive educational practice model for community services (MacKillop Industry PhD Scholar)
Emma Galvin Implementation and evaluation of a trauma-informed practice model within a residential out-of-home care setting (MacKillop Industry PhD Scholar)
Michelle Gooey Bridging the gap: translating childhood obesity prevention policy into clinical practice (NHMRC PhD Scholar)
Kostas Hatzikiriakidis Healthy Eating Active Living Matters (HEALing Matters): The Development of a Healthy Lifestyle Program for People with Disability in Cared Accommodation (APA PhD Scholar)
Angie Jaman The effectiveness of a psychologically informed environment in achieving outcomes in youth refuge (Salvation Army Industry PhD Scholar)
Pragya Kandel Motivation and readiness for lifestyle behaviour change in preconception women (APA PhD Scholar)
Ann MacRae Trauma informed care in aged care services (Part-time PhD Scholar)
Seonad Madden A Workplace Digital Health Intervention to Promote Healthy Lifestyles and Wellbeing for Women across the Reproductive Years: An Intervention Mapping Approach (University of Tasmania PhD Scholar)
Alex Mullins The Utility of My Health Record in the Emergency Department (GRiP Industry PhD Scholar)
Judith Myers Confident and Understanding Parents (CUPs) – a child nutrition and active play intervention for vulnerable families (Part-time PhD Scholar)
Catriona Parker The personal and financial burden of acute myeloid leukaemia (Monash University PhD Scholar)
Melissa Savaglio Developing a community-based psychosocial intervention for young people with mental illness (NHMRC PhD Scholar)
Madelaine Smales Understanding drug and alcohol use among young people within Out-of-Home Care (APA PhD Scholar)
Andrea Tamblyn An intervention to optimise the physical early childhood education and care environment to support children’s social and emotional development (APA PhD Scholar)
Jacob Thomas LGBTIQA+ Youth: A Global Investigation into Their Power and Wellbeing (Part-time PhD Scholar)