I am currently involved in a range of research relating to the way in which our social and built environments impact on health, with a particular focus on mental health, homelessness, social determinants of wellbeing and reducing health inequalities. My current projects include:
- Evaluation of Safe as Houses (a collaboration between Tenancy WA, Women’s Law Centre and Street Law that provides support to people at risk of homelessness through family and domestic violence)
- Evaluation of the Midland Mountain Biking Program through Swan City Youth Service
- Evaluation of 50 Lives 50 Homes (a program that provides housing and support to the most vulnerable people who are rough sleeping in Perth, WA)
- Evaluation of Homeless Healthcare (a GP service for people experiencing homelessness in Perth, WA)
- Chief investigator on a randomised control trial assessing a modified homelessness intervention (J2SI Mark II) on mental health & wellbeing, social & economic participation and housing stability in chronically homeless adults in Melbourne;
- Healthway grant looking evaluating an Indigenous Heart Health program using participatory action research (PAR) methods;
- ANROWS Domestic and Family Violence project (seeks to establish best practice principles for interventions targeting perpetrators from refugee backgrounds);
- Evaluation of two Red Cross programs that support clients experiencing or at risk of homelessness
- Consultant and technical advisor in tobacco control for the Philippines;
- Consultant assisting in the development of The Western Australian Integrated Atlas of Mental Health Services.
While this may appear an eclectic mix of research interests, there are common underlying themes relating to the prevention of ill-health and health disparities, reducing barriers to health (be they social, environmental or behavioural), and bridging divides between research, policy and practice. Ultimately, I am passionate about undertaking research that is relevant to the real world and can make a tangible difference to reducing health inequalities.