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Who Are We?

Dr Rosie Nash

Dr Casey Mainsbridge

Professor Richard Osborne

Professor Joan Abbott Chapman

Anna Flittner

Dr Rebecca Kelly

Dr Eliza Burke

Previous Project Members

Principal Researchers:

Dr Rosie Nash has worked in hospital and community pharmacy, academia and research. Rosie is the Research Pathway Coordinator for Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Tasmania. Rosie’s research interests include Health Literacy, Competency Based Education, Health Workforce Development, Inter-Professional Learning, Assurance of Learning, Representations of Learning and Pharmacy Practice. She is a pharmacist, early career researcher, and has managed research projects of national significance. Rosie enjoys integrating her research skills, healthcare insights and strong sense of social justice to give back to her Island State, Tasmania.

Dr Shandell Elmer has a diverse work history including academia, community nursing, health promotion, and primary care. Shandell works with the health and community sector on a variety of projects with a focus on evaluation, quality improvement and health service design. Shandell draws upon her work in a variety of settings including. Shandell has a keen interest in fostering the development of community-based health services in accordance with primary health care principles. A strong advocate for primary health care, Shandell's work focuses on health literacy to improve the way that health service providers identify and respond to health literacy needs.

Casey graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies in 1999. He has spent seventeen years working in the health and fitness industry as a gym manager, personal trainer, fitness instructor, and industry health presenter. He has experience as a primary school health and physical education teacher, and has also worked with Adult Education as a health professional for the over 50's population.

Casey has worked at the University of Tasmania in the Faculty of Education since 2003, and in this time has taught into and coordinated several units within the Health and Physical Education and Physical Activity Studies degree programs.

Kira is an early career researcher with a background in human movement, education (specifically health and physical education) and epidemiology. Kira's current research interests are in the prevention, causes and management of cardiovascular disease. Her recent work aims to understand how individual, social and environmental factors influence risk factors for cardiovascular disease (physical inactivity, nutrition, smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity) across the life course, with a specific interest in urban-rural populations and in populations experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage. Kira joined the HealthLit4Kids project team in 2017, and has been responsible for running staff workshops (in schools), data collection and dissemination, developing a health literacy action plan for each school involved, and the development of an open education resource – a key feature of HealthLit4Kids.

Richard Osborne, is Professor of Public Health, Director of the Health Systems Improvement Unit, and Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaboration Centre for Health Literacy at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. He is a National Health and Medical Research Council Principle Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Health Literacy, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has developed a range of health literacy tools and models that are used in many parts of the world. He is an advisor to the WHO and has delivered health literacy capacity building in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Vaughan completed a Bachelor of Human Movement in 2003 and then taught Health and Physical Education in various schools in Australia, England and Japan before joining the University of Tasmania in 2011. During this time he also travelled extensively and has done volunteering stints in the USA, Costa Rica, Kenya and Tanzania. Vaughan is currently a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education (HPE) and has a strong interest in how to encourage people to be active and healthy throughout their lives. He sees the development of health literacy as an important component of improving the lifelong health of communities, both in Tasmania and nationally/internationally.

Steering Committee

Richard Osborne, Professor of Public Health, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Director, Health Systems Improvement Unit a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Literacy

School of Health and Social Development, Centre for Population Health Research, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Australia.

Siobhan Harpur,  CEO Public Health Services, Department of Health Tasmania

Diane Webb, Health Literacy Officer, Public Health Services, Department of Health Tasmania

Sally Errey, Move Well Eat Well, Public Health, Department of Health Tasmania

Shane Oldfield, Shane Curriculum Services Department of Education Tasmania

Wendy Cracknell, Curriculum Services Department of Education Tasmania

Gay Cumming, Curriculum Services Department of Education Tasmania

Simone Zell, Manager Community Sector Development TasCOSS

Julie Roach, Project Coordinator (Health Literacy) TasCOSS

Christina Roscoe, 26TEN

Alison Venn, Director for the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania  

Natalie Brown, Director Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, University of Tasmania  

Becky Shelley,  Deputy Director Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, University of Tasmania  

Allison Turnock, Medical Director- GP & Primary Care, Department of Health, Tasmania

Julie Dunbabin, Executive Officer at Tasmanian School Canteen Association

Jennifer McKibben, Health Promotion Coordinator and Community Educator, Oral Health Services Tasmania