Lead Data Coder and Senior Research Assistant, National Addiction and Mental Health Surveillance Unit, Turning Point and Monash University
Melissa is the Lead Research Assistant for the National Ambulance Surveillance System guides a variety of research tasks within a team of specialised research assistants.
- providing a range of support and advice to the team regarding data coding
- contribute to the development of data coding frameworks and guidelines
- supervise professional development of team members
- including training of new research assistants and conduct data quality assurance procedures, including inter-rater reliability audits.
Melissa has a background in nursing. She managed the Needle and Syringe Program at Turning Point, before joining the Clinical Research team, working on a variety of projects which included: Evaluation of Specialist Methamphetamine Clinic, the Youth Cohort Study and Alprazolam and Crime Study. She has been part of the National Addiction and Mental Health Surveillance Unit at Turning Point for 8 years, coding data for the National Ambulance Surveillance System.
Primary data collection is an area of great interest and since joining the team, she has worked on The Earlier Identification of Harms Project and the pilot and follow up of the Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System, investigating higher risk drinking practices among Australian adolescents. She now supervises the coding team in the National Addiction and Mental Health Surveillance Unit (NAMHSU).
You can contact Melissa at [email protected]