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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 focused on marginalised and vulnerable populations in a range of sectors including sexual health, youth mental health and suicide prevention, alcohol and substance use, homelessness, 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.
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 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.
Corie Gray – SiREN PhD Candidate + CoPAHM Coordinator
PhD Candidate, 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. She was then awarded a Australian Health Promotion Graduate Scholarship and Gilead Sciences Research Fellowship to continue this work. Corie is completing her doctorate through co-designing an intervention to increase HIV testing uptake with women from Indonesia at-risk of HIV.
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.
Melissa Coci - SiREN Research Officer
MPH, M.Journ, B.Pharm
Melissa Coci began working with SiREN in 2019 as a Research Officer and a Project Officer for the Increasing Aboriginal Peoples’ Use Of Services That Reduce Harms From Illicit Drugs project. As a Research Officer, she works across all the projects, with a particular focus on regional and stakeholder engagement. Melissa is a registered pharmacist with experience in hospital and community pharmacy, engaging with community services and understanding the needs of health consumers. She is also a freelance journalist, with experience in scientific and long form journalism. When not working at SiREN, Melissa tutors in undergraduate population health units and works on the creation of a health and well-being online resource for undergraduate students at UWA. She has completed a Master of Public Health which included research on physical activity in pre-school aged children and the role of pet dogs.
Karina Reeves - SiREN Project Administrator
Currently undertaking BSc Health Prom
Karina joined the SiREN team as a Project Administrator in early 2020. Her role involves website editing, developing the e-news and other administrative tasks. Karina is a final year BSc Health Promotion student, and is also currently working on a CERIPH project which investigates mental health and homelessness in Culturally Linguistic and Diverse (CaLD) populations.
Daniel Vujcich - ARC Linkage Project, Project Coordinator
Mphil, Dphil (Oxon)
Daniel coordinates the ARC Linkage Project - Reducing health disparities for culturally and linguistically diverse people. He holds a Doctorate in Population Health and a Master's in Development Studies from the University of Oxford where he was a WA Rhodes Scholar. Daniel's professional experiences include working as a Senior Policy Officer for the WA Department of Health and as a Project Coordinator for the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia. Daniel was also employed as a sessional academic in the University of Notre Dame School of Medicine, and has been a researcher for the Oxford Young Lives Project and the British Health Foundation Health Promotion Research Group.
Meagan Roberts - ARC Linkage Project Research Assistant
Currently undertaking MPH, BSc Health Prom.
Meagan has recently started work on the ARC Linkage Project as a Research Assistant. Meagan comes on board the team at Curtin University after working at the Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program at the WA Department of Health, and then at the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia for two years as both a Sexual Health Project Officer and Youth Policy Officer where she gained experience developing policy and coordinating peer-based sexual health projects.
Josephine Shearer - Project Officer
Josephine Shearer joined the SiREN team in 2017 as a Project Officer investigating 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 has competed her psychology studies via research into the impact of stigma on sex worker access to mental health support.