Healthy Beginnings Team



Project Team

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Li Ming Wen

Chief Investigator


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Alison Hayes

Associate Professor in
Health Economics

Greer Bennett

Project Coordinator

Christine Phillis

Research Nurse


Pratiti Ghosh

Research Assistant

Louise Baur

Professor of Child & Adolescent Health Associate Dean & Head WCH

Catherine Llewellyn

Child and Family Health Clinical Nurse Educator

Huilan Xu

Research &
Evaluation Officer

Mahalakshmi Ekambareshwar

PhD Student

Project Management Team

Project Team

Angela Balafas

Communication Manager

Karen Bedford

Program Manager

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Chris Rissel

Director of the NSW Office of Preventive Health and Professor of Public Health at USYD.

Paola Gordon

Child and Family
Health Nurse Manager

Sarah taki

Senior Research Officer

Linda Elbayeh

Research Assistant


Myna Hua

Manager Health Promotion Service, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District


Jenni Jones

Child and Family Health Clinical Nurse Consultant

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Wendy Smith

Research Nurse


Annmaree Lavery

Research Nurse

Lorraine Dubois

Manager, Population Health
NSW Local Health District

Elisabeth Murphy

Senior Clinical Advisor Child Health
NSW Ministry of Health

Dr Jon Hyett

Prof Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Kyra Sim

Manager Childhood Obesity
Sydney Local Health District

Philayrath Phongsavan

Prevention Research Collaboration
University of Sydney

Mandy Williams

Director of Health Promotion
South West Sydney Local Health District

Karen Wardle

Program Manager
South West Sydney Local Health District

Advisory Committee

Li ming wen

Chef Investigator
Sydney Local Health District,
University of Sydney

Dr Teresa Anderson

Chief Executive
Sydney Local Health District

Lou-Anne Blunden

Director, Clinical Services Integration
Sydney Local Health District

Deborah Willcox

Director of Operations & General Manager
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital,
Sydney Local Health District

Miranda Shaw

General Manager, Community Health
Sydney Local Health District

Julie Dixon

Director, Population Health
South East Sydney Local Health District

Julie Mooney

Executive Director, Nursing & Midwifery
Southern NSW Local Health District