The Research Team

Prof. Anne Kavanagh, University of Melbourne

Lead Investigator

Lead Investigator Anne Kavanagh is Professor of Disability and Health, Head of the Disability and Health Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, and Lead Investigator on the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health. Anne is an epidemiologist with a medical degree from Flinders University and PhD from Australian National University. She has an international reputation for her research on health inequities particularly as it relates to people with disability. Her work in the field of health inequities spans a range of social determinants including disability, gender, the built environment, socioeconomic position, employment and housing.


Prof. Tony LaMontagne, Deakin University

Chief Investigator

Anthony D. LaMontagne is Professor of Work, Health & Wellbeing at the Centre for Population Health Research in the School of Health & Social Development at Deakin University in Melbourne (Australia). He also holds appointments and affiliations with the University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of Massachusetts and the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto. He leads a research unit in Work, Health & Wellbeing, and from 2016 also serves as overall Director of the Centre for Population Health Research. His broad research interest is in developing the scientific and public understanding of work as a social determinant of health, and translating this research into policy and practice to improve workplace and worker health. He has an international profile for cross-disciplinary applied epidemiology and intervention research in occupational health & safety (OH&S) and health promotion.

Dr Allison Milner, University of Melbourne

Chief Investigator

Dr Allison Milner is a Senior Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. She is an epidemiologist whose research addresses the relationships between gender, working conditions, social position and suicide prevention. She is currently undertaking an Australian Research Council project and an NHMRC study on the relationship between employment and disability. Her research excellence has been recognised with a Victorian Government Research Fellowship (2017) focussed on suicide, mental health and men. Additional awards include the Tall Poppy Science Award in 2014, an Alfred Deakin Fellowship in 2014, the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research (Deakin University) in 2015 and a Society for Mental Health Fellowship to further her studies in the relationship between work and suicide. Dr Milner is the National Academic Director of Mates in Construction, an internationally recognised suicide prevention program for men in the construction industry.

A/Prof Helen Dickinson, University of New South Wales

Chief Investigator

Helen Dickinson is Associate Public Service Research at the School of Business, University of New South Wales, Canberra.  Her expertise is in public services, particularly in relation to topics such as governance, leadership, commissioning and priority setting and decision-making.  Helen has published sixteen books and over fifty peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics and is also a frequent commentator within the mainstream media.  She is co-editor of the Journal of Health, Organization and Management and Australian Journal of Public Administration.  In 2015 Helen was made a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and she has worked with a range of different levels of government, community organisations and private organisations in Australia, UK, New Zealand and Europe on research and consultancy programmes.

Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne

Chief Investigator

Cathy Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She currently leads research projects working to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women with disability in the Philippines; and to strengthen community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in Victoria and Tasmania. She has previously led projects exploring the impact of female genital cutting on women and families in Victoria, and is currently involved in research into discriminatory acts against young people with disability; employment outcomes for people with disability; and media representations of violence against women. Cathy coordinates the WHO Collaborating Centre for Women’s Health hosted by the Centre for Health Equity, and teaches post-graduate courses on Community-Based Participatory Research; Gender and Health; and Women and Global Health.

A/Prof. Rebecca Bentley, University of Melbourne

Chief Investigator

A/Professor Rebecca Bentley is a social epidemiologist with an international reputation for her work on health inequities particularly as it relates to housing. She has advanced epidemiological skills including causal methods and longitudinal analyses. She has collaborated with CI Kavanagh for many years and currently leads a category one grant with CI Badland. She will provide advice on housing as it relates disability and specifically, she will provide input in relation to the development of indicators in relation to housing in and mapping inequities and analyses in relation to housing and disability.

Stefanie Dimov, University of Melbourne

Project Coordinator

Stefanie Dimov is currently working at the University of Melbourne as a project manager on a number of research projects focused on disability and employment. She has worked on a number of research projects conducted out of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and La Trobe University. Recently, she has worked as a project coordinator on a longitudinal study conducted at Deakin University in collaboration with the Royal Children’s Hospital. She is also currently completing a PhD in Autism research at La Trobe University.