Dr Melanie Jane Andersen
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr Melanie Jane Andersen

PhD, The University of New South Wales

Bachelor of Health Science, Occupational Therapy (Hons 1), The University of Newcastle

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Sch of Public Health & Com Med

Dr Melanie Andersen is a Research Fellow at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health.

Melanie has expertise in the social and environmental determinants of health across the life course. She uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to answer policy-relevant questions. Her focus is on collaborative, interdisciplinary work grounded in public health and epidemiology but informed by fields including sociology, urban planning and cultural studies. Much of Melanie’s work involves working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to address community priorities.

Melanie’s research builds on her clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist in hospital and community health settings. She brings a unique combination of sound epidemiological skills, clinical experience, understanding of health systems and a strong track record building community-led programs of research.

Phone
+61 2 8052 4359
Location
Samuels Building

Publications

Awards

 

  • Young Investigator of the year 2019, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney.

  • UNSW Research Excellence Award Top-up Scholarship
  • University Medal, University of Newcastle
  • NSW Association of Occupational Therapists Prize for Occupational Therapy Practice (Highest overall grade for fourth year of Occupational Therapy)   

  • Suzanne Lyons Memorial Prize for Excellence (Highest grade for Honours research project in Occupational Therapy)
  • Smith & Nephew Prize for Achievement  (Highest grade point average over first three years of Occupational Therapy)

Grants

  • Andersen M, Ivers R, Nigel Lovell N, McCausland R, MacGillivray P, Lewis E, Poulos R, Macniven R, Pollard-Wharton N, Poulos C, Eades A, Spencer W, Yashadhana A. “Supporting Aboriginal People to Age Well in Remote Settings: The Dharriwaa Elders Group”, UNSW Ageing Futures Institute, 2019. ​

 

 

  • Cullen P, Medlow S, Kang M, Liu B, Dinh M, Scott D, Steinbeck K, Perry L, Skinner R, Nathan S, Mackean T, Andersen M, Zolfaghari E, Wand T. Adolescent mental health presentations to emergency departments: Pilot study for a large-scale implementation science research project to improve adolescent health care. SPHCM Research Support Scheme 2019.

 

  • Andersen M, Hunter K, Woolfenden S, Lingham R, Clapham K, Mazza S et al. “Healthy housing: developing an integrated care pathway through partnerships with families, child health, social and housing services to improve Aboriginal child health and wellbeing”.  SPHERE Early life determinants of health seed funding, 2018.

 

  • Hunter K, Andersen M, Woolfenden S, Maza S, Williams C, Clapham K, Coote R, Lingham R, Zwi K. “Healthy housing: improving communication pathways between health, social and housing services for Aboriginal families in South East Sydney”,   The George Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health seed funding, 2018.

 

  • Cullen P, Mackean T, Longbottom M, Ivers R, Clapham K, Coombes J, Porykali B, Hackett M, Redfern J, Andersen M, Redfern J, Moore R. First response: Integrating trauma-informed care within primary healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiencing violence. The Lowitja Institute Project Grant, 2018.

 

  • Hunter K,  Ivers R, Sarrami P, Lassen C, Clapham K, Williams H, Andersen M, Balogh Z, et al. “Understanding serious injury and burn patient transfer processes, patient experiences and models of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Emergency Departments in New South Wales.” NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, ITIM. 2017.

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