Associate Investigators

Melissa Lindeman has a background in social welfare, public policy, research and education, in areas such as child protection, aged and disability care, community programs and health and human services more broadly.  She has held Senior Lecturer positions at Deakin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, and was a Research Fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute. Other experience includes policy and program positions in the Victorian and Northern Territory governments. 
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Tim Carey is a psychologist specialising in clinical psychology with a background in teaching (preschools, special education, and behaviour management). He has worked in a secure psychiatric hospital, adult correctional facilities, community mental health settings, and private practice.  After completing his PhD he worked for five years as a clinical psychologist in the adult primary care service of the National Health Service in Scotland. 
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Leigh Kinsman commenced in December 2006 following eight years with La Trobe University as a Lecturer in Nursing. He graduated in 2011 with a PhD investigating the role of clinical pathways in hospitals and rural emergency departments. Publications and conference presentations arising from his studies focused on barriers and facilitators to evidence-based management of heart disease.
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Mike Jones is currently an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Psychology Department at Macquarie University, Sydney, having finished a term as Head of Department in 2010. His primary training is in biostatistics and he has worked in epidemiology in a number of areas of medical research.  Mike is particularly interested in the shortage of medical practitioners in rural areas of Australia and personal as well as structural reasons for the medical workforce shortage.  
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Raymond Pong established the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) at Laurentian University in 1992 and was its Director for 18 years until he stepped down in 2010 to become a Senior Research Fellow of CRaNHR.  He is cross-appointed to the School of Rural and Northern Health and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University.
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Penny Buykx is an experienced researcher with an emerging profile in the areas of mental health and rural health. Penny was awarded her PhD in 2008. Her thesis examined the themes of depression, suicidal ideation, and medication overdose. Penny has been employed as a health researcher since 1997 and has undertaken a variety of epidemiological, clinical, and service evaluation projects.
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