Celebrating diversity

Our Faculty is the sum of its people.
Here are some of their stories.

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Dr Asiel Adan Sanchez

Dr Asiel Adan Sanchez (they/them) is a GP with an approach to diversity that is very much grounded in a human-rights framework. They have a quiet determination to change attitudes and breakdown barriers that prevent people from engaging in healthcare systems.

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Jess Herde

Dr Jess Heerde

Jess is a research leader in youth homelessness based in the Department of Paediatrics in the Melbourne Medical School. Homelessness remains, in many respects, a hidden issue. Rates of homelessness are rising among the young, with devastating effects on their health and wellbeing. Homelessness remains a wicked problem that straddles both the health and social sciences, meaning it has been a challenging area in which to build a research program.

Jess received a Momentum Fellowship in 2021 to progress her understanding of the drivers of homelessness and the health consequences of homelessness in the young. The fellowship will support Jess to build research momentum for subsequent funding applications and enable her capacity for further research and advocacy.

Kate Filia

Dr Kate Filia

Kate is an exceptional researcher and emerging leader in the field of social inclusion and mental health, an area of critical significance for those living with mental ill-health. She has developed a novel measure of social inclusion, and a research program dedicated to understanding differences between, and improving, social inclusion across psychiatric diagnoses, developmental stages, in caregivers, and at-risk population groups.

Kate received a Momentum Fellowship in 2021 to further support her capacity to pursue opportunities as an independent researcher, and leverage more opportunities to enhance her competitiveness for funding support.

Dr Ada Cheung is a clinician scientist and holds a NHMRC Fellowship and a Dame Kate Campbell Fellowship in the Department of Medicine (Austin Health), The University of Melbourne. She is also an endocrinologist in private practice and at Austin Health. She combines her physician expertise with her research skills to improve medical services for transgender Australians.

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Gwenda Freeman

Gwenda is a Lecturer in Aboriginal Health Education in the Aboriginal Health Team at the Department of Rural Health (UDRH), University of Melbourne. Her work includes teaching, providing student support, conducting research and leading community projects.

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Zoe Stephenson

Zoe is a Strategic Partnerships Specialist for the Centre for Cancer Research and is the Communications Lead on the University of Melbourne Pride in Action Network.

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Chris McKay

Chris is a Wiradjuri man and PhD candidate at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. He is based in the Indigenous Epidemiology and Health research group and his research focuses on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents.

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