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, the 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 the Mayi Kuwayu Study Manager in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program at the Australian National University.

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.

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.

Tyler Malone

Administrative Assistant

Tyler Malone is a Darumbal women from Rockhampton, Queensland, with family ties to the Jaru People in Western Australia. Tyler has lived in Canberra for most of her life and joined ANU staff in 2017 undertaking a certificate 3 in Business Administration traineeship. Since completing her certificate 3, Tyler is currently undertaking a certificate 4 in Business Administration. Tyler works as an administrative assistant helping with the Mayi Kuwayu and Tackling Indigenous Smoking teams.