Dr Melanie Andersen
B HSC (OT) HONS PHD
Melanie is a Research Fellow in the Injury Division at the George Institute for Global Health. Her research focuses on the social and environmental determinants of health and wellbeing.
Melanie currently works across several projects within the Injury Division, including studies of hospital care for seriously injured Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and hip fracture care in low and middle income countries. Melanie is also co-leading a community-initiated partnership project that aims to improve service integration between health, housing and social services for Aboriginal families in Sydney.
Melanie’s work involves the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods and she enjoys collaborative, interdisciplinary work, particularly partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations to address issues of community importance.
Melanie’s PhD examined the links between housing and health for Aboriginal people in urban NSW and she continues to lead work about household crowding and urban Aboriginal child health, in collaboration with the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) at the Sax Institute. Prior to commencing her career in research, Melanie was an Occupational Therapist working in a range of hospital and community health settings.