Our Staff

Our Staff

Associate Professor Ray Lovett

Study Leader


Associate Professor Ray Lovett is an Aboriginal (Wongaibon) man from western NSW. He is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in health research, public health policy development and evaluation.

Ray is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow and Program Leader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health with the Chronic Disease Epidemiology group at NCEPH, Australian National University.

Prior to his research career, he was a health policy advisor in the Aboriginal health workforce. He has a clinical background as a registered nurse and Aboriginal health worker.

Ray is recognised nationally for his work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care research. His work includes integrating culture and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research ethics.


Jan Chapman

Project Manager


Jan Chapman is a Taungurung woman from Victoria. She graduated from the University of Tasmania with a degree in Public Policy and Social Ecology. Jan moved to Canberra in 2008, working with the ‘Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Indigenous Chronic Disease’ section in the Department of Health.

Jan is currently employed in a full-time shared capacity at AIATSIS, and as part of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology team at the Australian National University. She was Secretary for the AIATSIS Human Research Ethics Committee.


Dr Katie Thurber

Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr Katie Thurber works with the Mayi Kuwayu Study team as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Katie assists with study development and data analysis. She completed her PhD at NCEPH under the supervision of Professor Emily Banks and Associate Professor Ray Lovett.

Katie’s PhD research explored the social determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health, focusing on nutrition and weight status.


Lachlan Russell

Executive Officer


Lachlan works across a broad array of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research projects in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Team at NCEPH. He provides research management support to the Program Leader, Dr Ray Lovett and the other Research Fellows in the team.

His previous roles included being a Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and was Secretary for the AIATSIS Human Research Ethics Committee.


Alyson Wright

Community Recruitment Researcher


Alyson is a current PhD candidate working on the MK Study and based in Alice Springs, NT. Alyson has a long history of studying with the ANU, including her undergraduate degree in Geography and a Masters in Applied Epidemiology.

Alyson’s research interests include social and cultural determinants of health, health policy and program implementation and evaluation, community-controlled health service delivery and health inequalities. She has worked in Central Australia for over 15 years, including with the Central Land Council and Centre for Appropriate Technology.


Lucy Campbell

Communications Officer


Lucy has recently joined the MK Study team after two years as Media and Communications Manager with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation.

Lucy has an extensive writing and publishing background in traditional and social media, having worked across both print and digital platforms at The Canberra Times, as well as on a number of titles at Murdoch Magazines, Pacific Publications, ACP, Federal Press and Murdoch Books.

Lucy holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from James Cook University, Townsville.

Faye Irwin

Executive Assistant


Executive Assistant Faye Irwin is a Kamilaroi woman who was born in Canberra and has lived here for most of her life. She has come to work at the ANU in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program after a number of years working in community organisations. Faye is a mother to three boys and one Staffordshire terrier.

Nadine Hunt

Community Researcher


Nadine is an Iamalaig and Kaanju woman who has joined the team as a Community Researcher, based in Cairns with travel throughout Far North Queensland. Nadine has spent the last six years working with the Indigenous Marathon Foundation in Canberra, developing a national grassroots running program in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities. Nadine continues her volunteer work as a running coach with the Cairns Deadly Runners, and has recently begun a Bachelor of Business degree through James Cook University.

Mikala Sedgwick

Senior Researcher


Mikala is a Gamilaraay woman who has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for more than 15 years across a number of areas. She has extensive experience in undertaking community development work in remote Aboriginal communities. Mikala holds a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Indigenous Policy Research) and Bachelor of Arts with majors in Health, Medicine and the Body, Anthropology and Indigenous Australians studies from the ANU. She is currently working on projects including deficit discourse and strength-based approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, and data governance within the Mayi Kuwayu Study.

Kate Doery

Research Officer


Kate has joined Mayi Kuwayu as a research officer after graduating from ANU with a Masters in Culture, Health and Medicine, specialising in Indigenous Health and Wellbeing. Kate previously worked in an Aboriginal school in Fitzroy Crossing, WA, and has a Bachelor of Arts/Science from Monash University. Kate’s primary focus at MK will be assisting with research publications and reports.

Jennie Walker

Research Officer


Jennie Walker is a research officer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program, where she coordinates data management for the MK Study, including analyses and reporting. Jennie has worked in mental health research in academic and government agencies such as the Centre for Mental Health Research at the ANU, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and the Department of Defence. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons in Psychology) from ANU.

Emily Colonna

Research Officer


Emily Colonna has recently joined the Mayi Kuwayu Study team as a research officer. Her previous experience includes project coordination and stakeholder engagement in both the not-for-profit and the public sector. At Diabetes Australia, Emily worked with key stakeholders to ensure that the educational programs and resources offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse peoples and other groups were culturally appropriate and suitable to their audiences. At the Department of Education, Emily worked in the Quality and Access Branch of the Higher Education Group. The branch is responsible for policy and programs to facilitate access and support for people to go to university who have traditionally faced greater barriers, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from rural and remote Australia and people who would be the first in their family to attend university. Emily has a strong interest in culture, and the way culture intersects with health, which she developed during her work at Diabetes Australia and her completion of a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with a major in Anthropology at the Australian National University. Emily will assist the MK team with research publications and reports.