Associate Professor Frank Beard MBChB, BA, MPH, MHA, Grad Dip App Epi, FAFPHM
Associate Director, Coverage, Evaluation, Surveillance and Social Science – Executive Management Team
Public Health Physician
Dr Aditi Dey MBBS, DTM&H, GradDipApplSc (HIM), MPH, PhD
Senior Research Fellow/Manager – CES – Executive Management Team
Dr Alexandra Hendry BSc (Hons), PhD, GradDip IPH
Research Lead

Alexandra Hendry joined NCIRS in October 2015 as a Research Officer with the Coverage, Evaluation and Surveillance team. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) and her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Sydney and worked as a Postdoctoral Scientist at the University of Auckland for a number of years before moving into public health and completing a Graduate Diploma of International Public Health at the University of Sydney. Before joining NCIRS Alexandra worked in a number of public health research positions and has substantial experience in data analysis and using routinely collected data for epidemiological research and evaluation.

Brynley Hull BSc (Hons), MPH
Research Fellow/Epidemiologist

Brynley Hull is an epidemiologist and data analyst, working in public health research. He is a science graduate of the University of NSW and completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney. After gaining experience in occupational health epidemiology, he is now the principal analyst for NCIRS of data from the Australian Immunisation Register. His main interests and expertise are the manipulation and analysis of public health data, immunisation research and spatial epidemiology.

Joanne Jackson BMedSc (Hons), PhD
Senior Research Officer

Joanne Jackson joined NCIRS in March 2021. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Molecular Virology from the University of New South Wales. Joanne has experience working as an epidemiologist at a large pharmaceutical company in London and has worked in various research roles in Australia. Joanne's experience extends across the areas of clinical research, public health research and surveillance. 

Nicole Sonneveld MSc
Senior Research Officer

Nicole Sonneveld joined NCIRS in March 2021 as a research officer. She completed her medical degree with the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2017. This included an elective in Tropical Medicine and International Health for which she travelled to Zambia. She has also worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Research Team at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, where she was involved in research into a novel lung function test. After relocating to Australia in 2017, she worked as a junior medical officer before commencing a Master in Clinical Epidemiology with the University of Sydney in 2020. 

Annabeth Simpson BSc (Hons), MPH
Senior Research Officer

Annabeth Simpson holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne. She has worked in several public health research and government roles, including at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Kirby Institute and the NSW Health Public Health Officer Training Program.

Han Wang BSc (Math), MStats
Statistician/Data Manager

Han Wang is a statistician. She obtained a masters degree in statistics from the University of Sydney, after a primary mathematics degree from Peking University. Her research work involves study design, mathematical modelling and data analysis. She is interested in robust estimation for mixed models, longitudinal analysis, matched case-control studies, multivariate analysis and time series.

Corina Shiels
Administration Officer, CESSR
Dr Kushani Marshall MBBS, MHID, FAFPHM, AFRACM
MAE Scholar/Conjoint Clinical Senior Lecturer

Kushani Marshall is a Public Health Physician undertaking further training as a field epidemiologist within the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) training program at the Australian National University. She holds a conjoint academic appointment as Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer at Notre Dame. Her interests include health systems strengthening, service delivery and health financing. She holds a Master of Health and International Development and is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. Kushani has clinical experience in Addiction Medicine and has previously worked as the Public Health Medical Registrar at the Communicable Disease Control Branch in the South Australian Department for Health and Ageing, at the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in Canberra. Kushani has also worked as a field epidemiologist within the Emerging Diseases Surveillance and Response team at the World Health Organization in Cambodia and as a consultant to WHO Cambodia strengthening food safety and foodborne disease outbreak response systems. Most recently she worked as the Medical Administration Registrar at Westmead Hospital in the areas of clinical governance, patient safety, health service quality and patient flow.

Zoe Croker BA, BCom, MA (International Relations)
MAE Scholar

Zoe Croker is a health policy specialist with interest and experience in domestic and international policy. She is one of NCIRS’ Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) scholars, undertaking her training program at the Australian National University. She most recently worked in international health policy and development at the Specialist Health Service doing research and policy development for DFAT-funded health programs, most often in the Pacific and South East Asia. Before that she worked in access to medicines policy and in other domestic health areas in the private sector. Zoe has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Melbourne in which she specialised in global health, which included an internship at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva in 2012. Zoe has a strong interest in equity and access to healthcare and is keen to specialise in epidemiology and immunisation.

Eva Molnar MA Anthropology, GCertEpid
MAE Scholar 

Eva Molnar joined NCIRS in March 2022 as a a Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) scholar. Eva holds a  master’s degree in Social and Biological Anthropology from the Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg, Germany. She has worked for the Northern Land Council in Darwin as the regional anthropologist for the West Arnhem Land and Kakadu areas for almost 10 years doing land tenure and social research and consultations with Traditional Aboriginal Owners under the requirements of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act, Northern Territory 1976. More recently, she has worked for the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre as a research officer. Eva has a strong interest in public health research and is keen to build skills as a field epidemiologist. 

Paul Young
MAE Scholar

Paul Young joined NCIRS in March 2023 as a Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) scholar. Prior to the MAE he worked in a variety of roles for SA Health’s COVID-19 response. He has experience in both public health and environmental health research.

Last updated May 2024