Individual Collaborators

Individual Collaborators
of the Health and Social Care Unit

Sue-Anne Hunter

Sue-Anne Hunter is a strong Wurundjeri woman and social worker who works to support cultural healing of the Aboriginal Community. Find out more on the Deadly Story website.

Sue-Anne, Helen and Heather Morris have worked together for years. Sue-Anne led a paper under Heather’s mentorship that is currently under review:

Hunter S, Skouteris H & Morris H. (2020) Cultural factors that build resilience in Indigenous Australians: A conceptual model. Submitted for review.

Sue-Anne has also worked with Rachael Green and the HEALing Matters team.

Dheepa Jeyapalan

Dheepa Jeyapalan is a dietitian and public health professional with a passion for addressing health inequities and working with communities in a way that centres self-determination. She is currently an advisor to the CEO of VicHealth, fostering a broad understanding of the systems that promote and prevent good health for all Victorians. Previously, she has worked for Save the Children Australia as a Program Advisor and in research at the University of Sydney. These varied experiences in diverse areas of the public health sector have culminated in a keen interest to understand the intersections where social work, community services and public health meet and how these sectors can work together in delivering meaningful outcomes for the health and wellbeing of families.

Dheepa is working with Helen, Michelle Gooey, Alex Chung, and Rachael Green as a visiting collaborator.

Ann MacRae

Ann MacRae is the Senior Researcher at Baptcare. Ann has a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and Master of Family Studies. Ann has experience working in the Child Protection, Housing and Homelessness and family services sectors in Hobart, Tasmania. Ann moved to Victoria in 2016 and commenced in a research role, undertaking research in various human services fields including out-of-home care, aged care and affordable housing. Additionally, Ann has been part of the implementation team for outcomes measurement at Baptcare. Ann has an interest in developmental trauma and attachment and has a passion for trauma-informed practice. Ann has recently completed a specialist certificate in Implementation Science and hopes to apply this knowledge to the implementation of evidence-based, trauma-informed approaches to human services delivery.

Ann is a Monash Affiliate at HSCU who works with Helen Skouteris, Renee O’Donnell, Darsh Ayton, Melissa Savaglio, Mandy O’Connor and Kostas Hatzikiriakidis on Baptcare collaborative projects.

Elaine Miller

Elaine Miller is an award-winning stand-up comedian and successful women’s health physiotherapist. Elaine is renowned internationally for combining clinical evidence with laughter to chat with women about sensitive topics, including childbearing and leaky bladders. For education and comedy see the

Helen Skouteris and her team recently collaborated with Elaine on a systematic review of humour-based strategies for addressing public health priorities, which is currently under peer review:

Miller E., Bergmeier HJ, Blewitt C, O’Connor A, Skouteris H. (2020). A systematic review of humour-based strategies for addressing public health priorities.

Yvonne Sun

Yvonne Sun is a research assistant and a kindergarten teacher. She has completed her Bachelor of Sociology (Honours) and Master of Teaching (Early Childhood).

She is interested in socio-emotional learning and intervention for children in early childhood education and care settings, especially for those with trauma background. She aims to pursue a PhD in early childhood education.

Yvonne is working with Claire Blewitt and Helen Skouteris on a review of trauma-based programs in early childhood education and care.

Louisa Whettam

Louisa Whettam is a descendant from the Wiradjuri tribe in New South Wales Australia, and a proud cultural advisor. She has worked with NGOs under the reforms of the QLD Department of Communities and has facilitated a number of Local Level Alliance roles in communities, bringing together government and non-government organisations in around the referral pathway for vulnerable families.

Louisa was the first to represent the First Nations Peoples of Australia at the Salzburg Global Seminar program, Halting the Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Identifying Decisive Interventions in Complex Systems. She is a Salzburg Fellow and worked with Helen and Alex Chung at Salzburg. Find out more on the Salzburg Global website.

Helen Skouteris and her team recently collaborated with Louisa on a paper:

Whettam L, Bergmeier H, Chung A & Skouteris H. (2020). The ongoing impact of colonization on childhood obesity prevention: A First Nations’ Perspective. This paper has now been submitted for review.