The Moving Pictures Team

Professor
Bianca Brijnath (MP I & II)

Bianca Brijnath

Her disciplinary training is in primary healthcare, public health and medical anthropology and her research expertise is in mental health in primary care and community-based settings. Bianca is the recent recipient of the 2018 Tall Poppy award in recognition of her research.

Professor Katie Ellis (MP I & II)

…Technology at Curtin University. Her research is located at the intersection of media access and representation. She is the author or editor of 20 books on the topic of disability, the media and popular culture.

Professor Mike Kent (MP I & II)

Associate Professor Mike Kent

Mike has His research focus is on people with disabilities and their use of, and access to, information communication technology and the Internet. His articles have appeared in Disability and Society, Disability Studies Quarterly, Digital Culture and Education, The Journal of Online Learning and Teaching and M/C Journal (Media Culture).

Dr Josefine Antoniades (MP I & II)

Her prime research interests include the nexus of culture, mental health and health behaviours, in underserved and vulnerable communities.

Professor Jon Adams (MP I)

Jon Adams

…Director of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at the Faculty of Health at University of Technology Sydney. He is world-leading public health and health services researcher focused upon self-care, informal health care and traditional, complementary, integrative and indigenous medicine use and practice.

Professor Colette Browning (MP I)

Professor Colette Browning

…Healthcare Professions at Federation University and Research Director at Shenzhen International Institute for Primary Health Care Research, China. She is recognised as a national and international leader in psychology and health with a special focus on healthy ageing.

Dr Dianne Goeman (MP I)

Dr Dianne Goeman

He holds an adjunct Research Associate positions at Monash University and the University of Sydney.

Dr Samantha Croy (MP II)

Her background is in health anthropology and sociology, and she works on projects relating to dementia in multicultural communities.

Andrew holds a PhD in Sociology from La Trobe University, Australia, and works at the National Ageing Research Institute. He is a Commissioning Editor for the journal Thesis Eleven.

Her background is in health anthropology and sociology, and she works on projects relating to dementia in multicultural communities.

Bilingual Research Assistants

Carlo has background in strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and policy development with prior experience in the public, private and the not-for-profit sectors. He has an interest in future trends in aged care and how innovative technologies can be harnessed to improve the lives of older people.

Tania is a clinical and research dietitian. She recently completed her PhD investigating the Greek Mediterranean diet and successful aging among older Greek Australian long-term migrants.

Anu is an experienced anthropologist and social worker, who has worked closely with culturally diverse communities in various capacities. Anu has a Master’s in Applied Social Research and her research interest is in ethnic elders.

Nick recently completed a Ph.D at Curtin University examining the Strength Model of self-control and Ego-depletion. His research interests include the nature of selfhood, attention control, emotional regulation, mindfulness practices, ruminative thoughts, and empathy.

Mariam holds a medical degree from her country of origin, Iraq. Further to this Mariam has received research training in Australia and has substantial experience in conducting qualitative research. Mariam speaks fluent Arabic and has conducted all interviews with Arabic speaking carers

Research Support

Lindell has completed a Bachelor of Music Performance in classical voice at the Victorian College of the Arts, and more recently a Master of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. Lindell has a background in customer service across a wide-range of industries including music education, hospitality, retail and university resources. Lindell provides administrative support to the Moving Pictures team.

Neyha is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Social Science at Monash University. Neyha’s interests include looking at the relationship of culture in mental health. Nehya has worked on Moving Pictures as a research assistant.

Fathima completed a Bachelor of Health Science at Monash University and has recently graduated from Master of Public Health at Melbourne University. Fathima was part of the Moving Pictures team for a year as our Administrative Assistant.

Alison has recently completed her PhD with the Department of General Practice at Monash University. Her areas of research interest are integrative medicine and healthy ageing. She worked with the Moving Pictures team as a research support officer.

Moving Pictures Steering Committee

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Mrs Naidu has had a number of years’ experience with caring for a relative living with dementia and has been an active supporter of Moving Pictures.

Dina is a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine at Melbourne Health and Senior Fellow at University of Melbourne, University WA and NARI. She has over 20 years’ experience as an aged care physician, specialising in dementia – particularly in those of CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

Salim is the founder of the Australian Arab Association and has long been involved in community development and local government advocating for the culturally diverse communities. Salim is a member of the WA government’s Multicultural Advisory Committee.

Vasan is a well-known community leader who is respected not only by the ethnic community groups but also the main stream community in Australia. Vasan is the first person of Indian origin to be appointed as member of the Australian Multicultural Council.

Kaele is the Executive Director of Consumer Engagement Policy and Research. Kaele’s portfolios span a range of strategic and policy initiatives, including elevating the voice of people living with dementia, their families and carers through a wide range of activities.

Yvonne is highly experienced in the area of multiculturalism, access and equity; an area she has worked in for the past 35 years. In her role of Multicultural Health Aged Officer, South Western Sydney Local Health District, she has initiated and coordinated a number of projects ranging from research, community development, community education and information and resource development and cross-cultural training. Yvonne has qualifications in the fields of welfare and adult education.

Theresa is the CEO of Chung Wah CAC and has been a key driver of the organisation for over 30 years. Her experience working in the community and aged care sector spans across local Asian and International groups.

Eliza is the dementia care advisor with the Australian Nursing Home Foundation. Her depth of practical and clinical knowledge in supporting the elderly people, people living with dementia and their family carers is a true testament to more than 16 years of service in improving the quality of lives of these individuals. Eliza continues to facilitate Chinese Carers Support Group, provide advice and help to her colleagues in dementia care education.

Moving Pictures Steering Committee

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Kris is an experienced and passionate community advocate for social justice and cultural diversity and has held various positions in more than thirty years. She has worked across Government and Non Government Organizations primarily in Policy and Strategic Planning & Community Development, to address key issues of access and equity. She is the Board Director at PRONIA and has also been a former mayor and councillor at Whittlesea.

Bill has been caring for his wife who is living with dementia over the past 19 years. He has authored the book ‘Facing dementia-a carer’s story’ which is a available in Greek and English.

Dina is a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine at Melbourne Health and Senior Fellow at University of Melbourne, University WA and NARI. She has over 20 years’ experience as an aged care physician, specialising in dementia – particularly in those of CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

Mary is a well-known community leader who is respected not only by the ethnic community groups but also the main stream community in Australia. She has been the National Director of Fortis Consulting and Director of the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care program in WA. Currently, Mary is the Director for the Centre for Capability and Culture. Mary has also been a family carer.

Dr Barbaro has over 40 years’ experience as a GP. In 2008, Dr Barbaro became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to medicine as a GP, through professional roles with health and aged care organistions. Dr Barbaro is also on the committee of Co.As.It. (VIC)

Maria is providing care for a close family member who is living with dementia.

Yvonne is highly experienced in the area of multiculturalism, access and equity; an area she has worked in for the past 35 years. In her role of Multicultural Health Aged Officer, South Western Sydney Local Health District, she has initiated and coordinated a number of projects ranging from research, community development, community education and information and resource development and cross-cultural training. Yvonne has qualifications in the fields of welfare and adult education.

Barbara is the operations manager at United Spanish Latin American Welfare Centre.

Lilian has experience caring for a loved one living with dementia. On the steering committee she has supported the project as a Spanish-speaking carer representative.

Associate Professor Nguyen is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow and currently leading an NHMRC-NAFOSTED grant to develop Vietnam’s National Dementia Plan.

Bon is a chemical and bioprocess engineer at the CSIRO. Bon has been a community leader and activist for over 14 years, and is currently the President of The Vietnamese Community in Australia – Victorian Chapter (VCA Vic) objectives in Victoria. Bon is also the President of the Victorian Community in Australia – Federal Chapter.

Ms Loan Dang is a carer representative from the Vietnamese community on the Moving Pictures steering committee.

Sally Lambourne is Dementia Australia’s General Manager Consumer Engagement. Sally is passionate about human rights and social justice and is committed to ensuring that people with dementia, their families and care partners have a voice in advocating for their needs and priorities.