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Dr Roanna Lobo – SiREN Project Manager
PhD, MSc, BA (Hons)
Dr Roanna Lobo is a Senior Research Fellow in the Collaboration for Evidence Research and Impact in Public Health (CERIPH) at Curtin University where she has worked since 2003. Roanna’s health promotion experience has been focussed on marginalised and vulnerable populations in a range of sectors including sexual health, youth mental health and suicide prevention, alcohol and substance use, homelessness, injury prevention, and smoking prevention in Aboriginal mothers. She is experienced in health promotion planning, measurement and evaluation, qualitative research methods, implementing peer-based programs and research, and developing strategies to support evidence-based practice and policy. Roanna teaches postgraduate units in qualitative research methods and health planning and evaluation at Curtin University.
Myra Robinson – SiREN Research Officer
GradCert StratComms, BHlthSci (Hons)
Myra Robinson joined the SiREN project as a Research Officer in September 2017, and is currently working on the PrEPIT Service Provider Evaluation, and is coordinating the 2018 SiREN Symposium. She first worked in the sexual health sector as a Project Manager for the Youth Affairs Council of WA’s (YACWA) Youth Educating Peers project in 2013, a sexual health promotion project aimed at young people and building capacity in the youth sector. Myra has experience in advocacy, qualitative and quantitative research, and project planning and evaluation. Her undergraduate degree was in Health Science, majoring in Public Health and Anthropology, and recently completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communications.
Kahlia McCausland – SiREN Research Assistant
MPhil Candidate, BSc Hlth Prom
Kahlia McCausland is SiRENs Research Assistant, she assists the team with research related activities. Kahlia also works within CERIPH as a Project Officer and has worked across numerous projects, particularly in the areas of sexual health and working with marginalised populations. Kahlia has a Bachelor’s degree of Science (Health Promotion) and was recently awarded a 2017 Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship from Curtin University to complete a Masters of Philosophy in Public Health. Her masters project is investigating how electronic cigarettes are promoted and discussed online in Australia, and the process Western Australians take in initiating, maintaining and ceasing electronic cigarette use.
Corie Gray – CoPAHM Coordinator
BSc Hlth Prom (Hons)
Corie Gray currently works as the Coordinator for the Community of Practice for Action on HIV and Mobility (CoPAHM) and as a Project Officer at CERIPH. Corie recently completed an Honours project which investigated HIV knowledge and use of health services among people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Since then she has gone on to be awarded a Australian Health Promotion Graduate Scholarship and Gilead Sciences Research Fellowship to continue this work.
Rochelle Tobin – SiREN PhD Candidate + Knowledge Translation Coordinator
PhD Candidate, BSc Hlth Prom (Hons) + Nutr
Rochelle Tobin is a PhD candidate investigating SiREN's influence on research and evaluation practices in the Western Australian sexual health and blood-borne virus sector. She also supports SiREN's knowledge translation activities. Rochelle has a Bachelors double degree in Health Science and has completed an Honours project exploring the impact of sit-stand workstations on sedentary behaviour, mental health and work ability. Rochelle has worked within CERIPH since 2012 and has worked across a range of issues including: health promotion sector workforce development, youth suicide, diabetes and sedentary behaviour, and sexual health and blood-borne viruses.
Brydie Nielson – SiREN Administration Officer
GradDip Hlth Prom, BA (IntlStudies)
Brydie has been a Project Assistant with CERIPH and an Administration Officer with SiREN since the beginning of 2017. Since then Brydie has worked on projects in knowledge translation, sexual health and blood-borne viruses, and drowning prevention. She also supports the delivery of SiREN’s knowledge translation activities. Brydie has previously worked in the immunology, infectious diseases, and sexual health and blood-borne virus sectors. Brydie has a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies).
Josephine Shearer - Project Officer
Josephine Shearer joined the SiREN team in 2017 as Project Officer working on research into the risk factors associated with an increase in gonorrhoea within the Perth metropolitan area. Josephine has a strong interest in sexual health and well-being of marginalised communities. She previously managed Magenta the sex worker project of Western Australia, and is completing her fourth year psychology studies via research into the impact of stigma on sex worker access to mental health support.
Belinda D'Costa - Project Evaluation Officer
DPsych, GradDipPsych, BA(Psych)
Dr Belinda D'Costa commenced working with SiREN in 2017 as a Research Associate. Her role involves evaluating components of the Young, deadly, STI and BBV free project - a large scale, multi-jurisdictional project that seeks to improve the health and well-being of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through increases in health literacy, skills, and the uptake of testing and treatment for sexually transmissible infections and blood-borne viruses. Belinda has occupied research positions for the past 10 years, where her work has largely focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and well-being. Belinda has a doctoral qualification in psychology, specialising in community psychology.