Welcome to New Staff
Jo McVeigh, Allied Health Honours Coordinator
I am Jo McVeigh, fresh off the plane from sunny South Africa. I’ve been made to feel very welcome in my new role as the Allied Health Honours Coordinator. Prior to this position, I ran the Physiology Honours Programme at the medical school at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg for a number of years. After attaining my PhD, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship and had the privilege of working on The Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study – one of the largest prospective cohorts of pregnancy to early adulthood in the world.
My research interests include using objective methods to assess and measure sedentary behaviour and physical activity, analysis of large data sets, life course approaches to predict patterns of health outcomes and using accelerometery as a clinical tool for measuring functional ability in people with chronic disease. I am looking forward to contributing to the school and making the Allied Health Honours Programme run successfully. The Honours course is a fantastic flagship course in the school, and I am very excited about my new position.
Sally Hunter, Director of Fieldwork
Since starting here as Director of Fieldwork for OT in February, it has been steep but interesting and exciting learning curve. I have mostly worked in the disability sector in my career, and in particular have a strong interest and experience in assistive technology and communication technology. My last position at the Independent Living Centre was as Manager of the Assistive Technology Service. In that role, as in my new position here, I had the opportunity to network across health, disability, education and aged care sectors, which I enjoy enormously. Thank you for the warm welcome and I look forward to learning even more in this position and getting to know many more of you.
Bianca Brijnath, Senior Research Fellow
I am Bianca Brijnath a Senior Research Fellow within the school. I come from Monash University in Melbourne, where I worked in the Department of General Practice as an NHMRC postdoctoral fellow. My disciplinary training is in primary healthcare, public health and medical anthropology. My research expertise is in mental health in primary and community-based settings. Within these disciplinary and contextual boundaries, I have undertaken several studies exploring mental health and culture, the life-course and compensable injury.