Associate Professor Nicole Rankin
Unit Head

Associate Professor Rankin is an implementation scientist who completed a PhD in Behavioural Science in Relation to Medicine at the University of Newcastle in 2000 and has experience working across government cancer agencies (National Breast Cancer Centre, 2001-2003, Cancer Institute NSW, 2004-2006), cancer charities (Cancer Council NSW 2017-2019) and academia (2006-2009; 2012-ongoing). She was awarded an International fellowship in the Mentored Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC), Washington University in St Louis, USA (2016-2018) and in 2020 was the recipient of the Lesley J. Fleming Churchill Fellowship (Health and Medicine category).


Professor Julia Brotherton
Professor in Cancer Prevention Policy 

Professor Julia Brotherton has worked in HPV vaccination and cervical screening for over 15 years as an epidemiologist and public health physician. She obtained her original medical degree at the University of Newcastle and completed public health medicine training in Sydney.  Julia moved  to Melbourne from Sydney in 2008 to take up a position as epidemiologist to the then just established National HPV Vaccination Program Register and the Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry. Julia is Medical Director at VCS Population Health and works within the Evaluation and Implementation Science Unit in addition to her role at VCS Population Health.

Professor Rosemary McKenzie
Director of Teaching and Learning

Rosemary has a PhD in Public Health, a Master of Public Health, a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion and a Bachelor of Arts. Rosemary is Director of Teaching and Learning in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She is an evaluator and health services researcher with a particular interest in primary care after hours policy and quality in primary care telephone triage and advice services. Rosemary is skilled in realist, mixed methods and qualitative evaluation approaches, clinical governance and strategic planning.

Associate Professor Lucio Naccarella
Principal Research Fellow

Lucio has a PhD in Primary Health Care, Graduate Diploma in Transcultural Mental Health, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours). Lucio is a leading health systems researcher and evaluator, with interests in systems change, health system literacy, care coordination, multidisciplinary primary health care team work, primary care organisations and health workforce reforms, from a policy, research and practice perspective. He focusses on four key areas:

1) Building evaluation capability within public sector organisations;

2) Evaluating health workforce models of care and development;

3) Evaluating population health, health literacy and community based professional development initiatives;

4) Researching health care facility design to optimise the health care workforce.

Associate Professor Helen Jordan
Senior Lecturer

Helen has a PhD in epidemiology, Graduate Diploma in Education, Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a Bachelor of Science (Honours). Helen is a teacher, practitioner and researcher who specialises in population health planning and processes, and health program and policy design and evaluation. She has a particular interest in the application of systems thinking within each of these fields. Helen provides short courses, advice and assistance to government and non-government organisations, research groups, and policy and program designers.


Dr Alison Brown
Research Fellow

Alison Brown is a Research Fellow in the Evaluation and Implementation Science Unit at the Centre for Health Policy. She is a health services researcher and holds a PhD in healthcare governance, Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Applied Science (Physio) and Bachelor of Science. Alison has a background as a clinician, quality manager and a governance consultant in the healthcare sector. Alison has undertaken research and evaluation in the areas of clinical governance, consumer collaboration, disability services and chronic disease management. Since joining the Centre for Health Policy her work has focussed on an NHMRC research project evaluating the effect of an Aboriginal-led life-coaching service on the health cultural, spiritual, social and emotional, wellbeing  of Aboriginal people who are tenants of Aboriginal Housing Victoria.

Ms Angeline Ferdinand
Research Fellow

Angeline has a Masters of Public Health and is currently completing her PhD. Her PhD thesis explores intercultural and Aboriginal-focused models of health developed in Latin America and their appropriateness for Australian hospital contexts. Angeline’s main interests lie in the health of marginalised populations.  She has strong research skills in the areas of health inequities and publications in the fields of proteomics, epidemiological research and Aboriginal and migrant health. Ms Ferdinand has substantial experience in working with marginalised populations in direct practice as well as research contexts.


Dr Claire Nightingale
Research Fellow

Claire currently leads the cancer screening research team within the Evaluation and Implementation Science Unit. Her career has been punctuated with extensive periods of time living and working in low- and middle-income countries, in capacity building and health systems strengthening roles most notably in Papua New Guinea, Myanmar and Cambodia. Claire's research has a focus on increasing access to health care, and increasing equity in health programs, through the implementation and evaluation of novel models of care. Claire also holds an adjunct appointment as a Senior Research Fellow at Monash Rural Health and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow appointment at the Burnet Institute.

Dr. Khic-Hony Prang
Research Fellow

Khic is a health services researcher and holds a PhD in Public Health, Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts. She has expertise in epidemiology, evaluation, and mixed-methods research design. Khic has a strong interest in the efficient delivery of healthcare services, and its impact on utilisation, cost, quality of care and patients’ experiences and outcomes. Her research has spanned the areas of public performance reporting of hospitals data on quality of care, patient experiences of healthcare, patterns of healthcare services utilisation, social support and injury recovery. Her current research project involves a critical evaluation of the suitability of registry trials in the oncology setting and identifying factors necessary for such trials to succeed.


Ms Nicola Creagh
Research Assistant 

Nicola is a pre-doctoral early career researcher with a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Advanced Science from Macquarie University. Nicola has been part of the Centre for Health Policy since May 2019 as a Research Assistant and has worked across multiple projects which have aimed to improve equity and participation in Australia’ National Cancer Screening Program’s. Nicola has a specific interest in using implementation science research methodologies to improve public health and healthcare delivery. Nicola intends to commence her PhD in October 2021 with her PhD body of work aiming to evaluate the impact of the introduction of a universally accessible self-collection cervical screening pathway within Australia’s National Cervical Screening Program.


Philippa Dalach
Research Assistant

Philippa has a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Genetics). Before moving into the field of public health research, her work explored ability of epigenetic signatures to predict long-term health outcomes of preterm birth. During her time at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, she evaluated community interventions for the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in South India. In particular, she investigated the impact of psychosocial and mental health factors on the individual- and community-level outcomes of these interventions. Philippa combines research interests in health equity and social determinants of health with analysis skills in epidemiology and implementation science.

Ms Joanne Luke
Research Assistant / PhD Candidate

Joanne is an Aboriginal researcher with a Masters in Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science (Microbiology). Joanne’s current PhD explores the construction of Aboriginal identities and Aboriginal health within CVD epidemiology. She is a recipient of an Australian Heart Foundation Indigenous Scholarship.

Joanne has over 10 years experience working as an public health researcher. Joanne has expertise in the areas of Aboriginal health, cardiovascular disease, health literacy, program evaluation, and health systems research.


Ms Kristy Meiselbach
Research Assistant


Tala Mitchell
Research Assistant

Tala Mitchell is a Yorta-Yorta and Wemba-Wemba woman from Echuca, Victoria. Tala obtained her nursing degree from La Trobe University and has extensive experience working within the renal health space.

Tala achieved her Master of Public Health through the University of Melbourne in 2019. Tala is currently employed as a research assistant for the University of Melbourne, within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.


Ebony Verbunt
Research Assistant

Ebony has a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, with majors in Anthropology and Psychology. Her research interests lie in program evaluation, health inequity and cultural competency of health care. Ebony is currently working across a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander projects, including the first Aboriginal led Aboriginal health, wellbeing and safety research and evaluation framework.


Ms Claire Zammit
Research Assistant

Claire (BBiomed Sci (Hons), MPH) is a pre-doctoral early career researcher specialising in health program evaluation and implementation science. Claire has extensive experience in the management of clinical quality registries for cancer treatment in Victoria as well and the implementation of patient reported outcome measures to inform quality of care in cancer treatment. She was also seconded last year to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic response and managed an ICU trial for COVID-19 patients with over 60 participating sites in Australia. Claire is currently employed as a research associate with the Centre for Health Policy and has been involved in several qualitative evaluations investigating self-collection for cervical screening. She was also employed by the VCS Foundation in which she provided evaluation expertise on evaluations investigating home-based self-collection models of care and practitioner education programs aimed at improving participation rates across cervical and bowel screening programs and Hepatitis screening amongst Northwest Melbourne. She is also an early career researcher member of the NHMRC Centre for Researcher Excellence in Cervical Cancer Control. Claire is currently providing project management, implementation and evaluation capacity, and data analysis skills on the Achieving Equity in Genomic Health (AEGH) for Indigenous Australians project which aims to improve and implement culturally safe practices within clinical genetic services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in need of genomic health services in NT, WA and QLD. Claire commences her PhD in early 2022.