PhD, The University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Health Science, Occupational Therapy (Hons 1), The University of Newcastle
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.
Young Investigator of the year 2019, School of Public Health & Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney.
NSW Association of Occupational Therapists Prize for Occupational Therapy Practice (Highest overall grade for fourth year of Occupational Therapy)