Our people

Our people

Our multi-disciplinary approach includes academics, inter-disciplinary experts, and professional staff who support research and study in a wide variety of specialist areas relevant to health.

Head of Department

Professor Janaki Amin

Janaki Amin’s career has focused on infectious diseases including surveillance for NSW Health, vaccine preventable diseases at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and over fifteen years of research in HIV and Hepatitis C clinical trials and cohort studies at the Kirby Institute. She is currently an investigator in large implementations studies of HIV prevention in NSW (EPIC-NSW) and Hepatitis C treatment in prisons (STOP-C).

Department Academic staff

Name and Contact DetailsResearch and Teaching

Name: Ms Alexandra Bhatti
Title: Associate Lecturer (Teaching Only) Part-time
Tel: 02) 9850 2480
Email: alexandra.bhatti@mq.edu.au

  • Health research analysis;
  • Global health;
  • Foundations of public health;
  • Public health leadership

Name: Dr Amalie Dyda
Title: Lecturer/Research Fellow
Tel: (02) 9850 2435
Email: amalie.dyda@mq.edu.au

  • Epidemiology;
  • Infectious diseases;
  • Data linkage;
  • Vaccines

Name: Dr Josephine Chau
Title: Senior Lecturer
Tel: (02) 9850 2302
Email: josephine.chau@mq.edu.au

  • Behavioural epidemiology
  • Health promotion
  • Program evaluation
  • Physical activity & sedentary behaviour

Name: Dr Liesa Clague
Title: Health Educator in Aboriginal Health
Tel: (02) 9850 2832 
Email: liesa.clague@mq.edu.au


Name: Dr Liz Schroeder
Title: Senior Lecturer
Tel: (02) 9850 6438
Email: liz.schroeder@mq.edu.au

  • Public Health;
  • Policy Analysis;
  • Health Economics;
  • Global Health;
  • Integrated care, mental health, disability and perinatal care

Name: Dr Rimante Ronto
Title: Lecturer
Tel: (02) 9850 2301 
Email: rimante.ronto@mq.edu.au

  • Disease prevention and health promotion;
  • Obesity prevention;
  • Adolescents’ dietary behaviours;
  • Food literacy;
  • Food and nutrition education

Other Academic staff

Name and Contact DetailsResearch and Teaching

Name: Dr Behzad Hajarizadeh
Title:   Casual Academic

Email: behzad.hajarizadeh@mq.edu.au

Name: Dr Bonny Parkinson
Title:   Casual Academic

Email: bonny.parkinson@mq.edu.au

  • Health Economics module lecturer for Health Law, Economics and Policy - HSYP804
  • Health Economics;
  • Pharmaceutical policy in Australia;
  • Economic evaluations of healthcare interventions and technologies;
  • Analysing linked hospital administrative data;
  • Value of information analysis

Name: Dr Jane Williams
Title:   Casual Academic

Email: jane.williams@mq.edu.au 

Name: Dr Uche Ngwaba
Title:   Casual Academic

Email: uche.ngwaba@mq.edu.au

Emeritus Professors

Name  and Contact Details Research Interests

Name: Peter Curson
Title: Emeritus Professor in Population & Health
Tel: (02) 9850 2356
Email: peter.curson@mq.edu.au

  • Historical and Medical Demography
  • Medical Geography
  • Epidemics and pandemics of infectious disease
  • Security demographics, population and disasters
  • Population-health-environment interactions.

Inter-disciplinary experts

We maintain close collaborations with inter-disciplinary experts who may teach into our programs, supervise student research projects, and/or collaborate in Departmental research and projects. Note other people from across Macquarie University, the Macquarie Health Sciences Center, and externally, may also be consulted and or partnered with, when required.

Name  and Contact DetailsResearch interests

Environmental Health


Name: Frank Siciliano
Title: Lecturer and researcher
Department of Environmental Sciences

  • Data analysis and GIS mapping tasks
  • Social, economic and environmental status of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • ENVS819 - Environmental Health (Unit Convenor)

Name: Paul Beggs
Title: Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Science

Name: Wendy Goldstein
Title: Lecturer
Department of Environmental Sciences

Global Health


Name: Aaron Denham
Title: Lecturer
Department of Anthropology

Health and Policy

Centre for the Health Economy
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Program Evaluation
  • Econometrics
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Choice Modelling

Name: Ross MacKenzie

  • Public health policy
  • Global health governance
  • Impacts of globalisation and trade liberalisation on health
  • Tobacco industry
  • Smoking cessation

Health Systems

Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Name: Joanne Callen
Title: Honorary Associate Professor
Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Professional staff

Name Contact Details

Name: Ms Diana Turnip
Title: Department Administrator

Tel: +61 (02) 9850 2356
Email: diana.turnip@mq.edu.au

Department Office Hours - 8.30am to 4pm

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