Our Faculty is the sum of its people.
Here are some of their stories.
Sav is a gender and sexuality researcher in the Trans Health Research Group in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Their interest is in the social and environmental drivers of health inequalities, with a strong focus on improving healthcare experiences for trans and gender diverse people in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.