Our Staff and Associates
Professor Warren Payne Executive DirectorPhD, BSocSc (PE)
Drew Aras Executive OfficerBAppSci (Physiotherapy), MPH Hailing from Ocean Grove, Drew started his career as a physiotherapist working in public health settings across Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney and the United Kingdom. He has since completed a Master of Public Health and has worked in health promotion and preventative health, health program and project management and extensively in health research and education. Prior to commencing with Western Alliance in October 2018, Drew was the Associate Director of Education & Research at Northern Health, a large public health service in Melbourne’s north. Drew has a special interest in health services research, workforce development, preventative health, patient experience, health literacy and falls prevention. Drew provides support and advice to the Board, including on policy, planning and implementation, and is also responsible for Western Alliance’s day-to-day operations, financial management and staffing, Drew also administers the research funding portfolio. Drew looks forward to helping to build research and improve health outcomes across western Victoria. Telephone: (03) 4215 2896 Email: email@example.com
Cassandra Hamilton Administrative OfficerCassandra provides administrative support and advice to the Executive Director, Executive Officer, the Board of Directors and the Research Translation Committee members, as well as general office administration, financial assistance, website maintenance, correspondence and all events coordination. Cassandra has over 25 years experience in office administration. Prior to commencing with Western Alliance in March 2018, Cassandra worked at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for over 8 years in a variety of roles – her most recent role involved management of the whole secretarial team for the Haematology and Medical Oncology departments, overseeing all administration departments for the Division of Cancer Medicine and assisting the Divisional Director. Telephone: (03) 4215 2900 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Anna Peeters Principal Research Translation Investigator
Anna is Director of the Institute for Health Transformation and Professor of Epidemiology and Equity in Public Health at Deakin University. She is Principal Research Translation Investigator at Western Alliance, Board Member for the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and Obesity Australia, and Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society.
In 2014 she was awarded the prestigious World Obesity Federation Andre Mayer Award for research excellence in obesity and a Churchill Award for innovative work in equity and population prevention. She works to build the evidence for effective and equitable policy and practice to improve health outcomes.