Research Team

Through our research we can better meet the needs for people to feel valued…


Our approach to ethics means our research proposals are reviewed by our Research Steering Group and assessed against the research policy for merit, feasibility and ethics. This includes adherence to the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines for ethical research. A project that has been approved by the steering group can progress, unless the project requires the collection of primary data from participants, in which case additional approval is required from a registered Human Research Ethics Committee.

Dr Laila Hugrass

Researcher / Data Analyst

Dr Laila Hugrass is a specialist researcher and data analyst. She has conducted research in the fields of psychology and cognitive neuroscience at La Trobe University, Swinburne University and the Australian Catholic University. Laila holds an adjunct research position at La Trobe University where she is currently studying her Master of Art Therapy. With expertise in data management, applied statistics, quantitative analyses, data visualisation and data storytelling, Laila is very passionate about communicating research findings to non-academic audiences in an engaging and accessible manner.

Dr Rachel Bonnici

Senior Research Officer

Dr Rachel Bonnici is a senior research specialist with expertise in qualitative research design and analysis. Rachel has worked for various not-for-profits, including membership organisations such as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Rachel’s interests lie in researching and collaborating with marginalised communities such as Aboriginal communities, individuals who are drug affected and women experiencing family violence. She has a particular skill in preparing briefings and condensing complex information.

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