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Research Biography

Michelle was appointed in July 2017. She has worked in a variety of government roles including Principal Health Analyst with Health Performance Council Secretariat and Evaluation Manager in Public Health Services; OPAL (Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle), a State-wide community-based childhood obesity prevention program and eat well be active Community Programs, a community-based childhood obesity prevention program in Morphett Vale and Murray Bridge. Prior to working for Health, she evaluated sex offender, violent offender and Aboriginal offender group-based treatment programs for the Department for Correctional Services. Michelle has a PhD from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) from University of South Australia. Her PhD examined discourses of domestic violence and was part of the evaluation of men's stop domestic violence group programs. Michelle worked as a social worker in the area of women's health including unplanned pregnancy and rape and sexual assault. Michelle is a member of the SA Health Human Research Ethics Committee. Her research interests include health including Aboriginal health, public health, childhood obesity prevention, domestic violence, evaluation research, mixed-methods research, 'space, place and the body'.

Research Interests

Program and systems evaluation

Partnerships, stakeholder and consumer engagement

Public health including Aboriginal health, women's health; childhood obesity prevention and domestic and family violence

Participatory research methodology and mixed methods

Completed Supervisions

Associate Supervisions:
  • Program evaluation (2)
  • Non-Aboriginal Health Professions in Aboriginal Health (1)
  • Partnerships in obesity prevention (1)

Research Areas

  • Social work

Supervisory Interests

  • Domestic violence, women's health
  • Domestic violence, evaluation research
  • Social policy
  • Human service program evaluation
  • Evaluation research
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
  • Child health and wellbeing


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