The Team

The Team

The Health Impact Assessment team based at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE) is the largest and most established HIA team in the Australasia. Initially funded by NSW Health as a capacity building program the HIA team has now supported over 40 HIAs in NSW, Queensland and South Australia, trained over 600 people across Australia in HIA, established an annual MPH course and professional development courses at UNSW.  CHETRE currently holds two research grants to evaluate the effectiveness of HIA in Australia and New Zealand and to evaluate the impact of an Equity Focused HIA on after hours plans by Medicare Locals.  In 2010 CHETRE was awarded the International Association Impact Assessment (IAIA) organisational award for outstanding commitment to HIA Capacity Building.


CHETRE is part of the UNSW Research Centre for Primary Health Care & Equity, School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales. CHETRE is also a Unit of Population Health, South Western Sydney and Sydney Local Health Districts, NSW Health.

Professor Evelyne de Leeuw

Director CHETRE

Professor de Leeuw holds a Masters in Health Policy and Administration (University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, 1985), MPH at the University of California at Berkeley in comparative health systems research (1986) and a PhD in health political science (Maastricht, 1989).

She has been involved in WHO health promotion endeavours since the 1986 Ottawa Conference and attended all subsequent international health promotion conferences; at the fourth one (Jakarta, 1997) and eight one (Helsinki, 2013) she acted as conference rapporteur.

Since its initiation in 1986, she has been active in the international Healthy Cities movement. From 1992 to 2001 she held the position of Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research on Healthy Cities at the University of Maastricht. She assists WHO regionally and globally in Healthy City evaluation reporting, most recently in special issues of Health Promotion International and the Journal of Urban Health.

She has worked with local, national and international government agencies on five continents in framing, defining and implementing strategies for Healthy Cities.

Between 1992 and 1998 she served two terms as Secretary-General of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region. This enabled her to contribute to public health curriculum development in Schools of Public Health and Schools of Medicine.

Evelyne currently also holds appointments as Honorary Professor, Deakin University; Visiting Professor, Université de Montréal; and Visiting Professor, Maastricht University. Previously she held professorial position in public health, health promotion and political science at the University of Southern Denmark, Deakin University and La Trobe University (Australia).

Evelyne is Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed journal Health Promotion International and considered a leading global health promotion scholar, as evidenced by her appointments to high-level research panels (e.g., the Academy of Finland, and Science Ministries in Japan and Germany).

Fiona Haigh

Deputy Director, Program Manager, Communities and Populations

PHD, MPH, LLB, BsocSci

Fiona is an experienced Health Impact Assessment practitioner, researcher and educator. She has spent the last ten years working in the field of HIA in Germany, United Kingdom and Australia.

Fiona has extensive experience of carrying out HIAs using a range of methods. She has led and been involved in a wide variety of HIAs including restructuring of health services, employment policy, sports stadium and retail development, strategies to reduce anti-social behaviour, alcohol policy, waste treatment facilities and airport runway extension. Fiona has collaborated in the development of methods for HIAs, including ‘EPHIA’ – the European Policy Health Impact Assessment Guide and is involved in the development of Health Equity Impact Assessment, Urban HIA methodology and Right-to-Health Impact Assessment methodology. Fiona is currently evaluating the effectiveness of HIA in Australia and New Zealand.

Fiona’s research interests include HIA and health equity, HIA effectiveness, health and human rights and interdisciplinary research and education. When she isn’t HIAing Fiona can be found rock climbing in the Blue Mountains (and further afield whenever she gets the chance).

Karla Jaques

Research and Evaluation Officer

Karla Jaques is a Research and Evaluation Officer for the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE). She has worked at CHETRE since 2013 and has been involved in a range of research and evaluation. Karla has experience in the areas of Health Impact Assessment, Evaluation, Equity Analysis, Data Collection and Analysis, Education and Capacity Building. Her experience has been across the Communities and Population research stream.

Karla has a Bachelor of Public Health with minors in Indigenous and International Studies from the University of Wollongong and is currently undertaking a Masters of Public Health at the University of New South Wales.

Alana Crimeen

Research Assistant

Alana Crimeen is a Research Assistant at CHETRE. Alana has experience in designing and conducting literature reviews, quality improvement processes and has a Masters of Public Health from University of New South Wales.

Mary Knopp


Katie Hirono

Research Affiliate

Katie Hirono was a research officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation at UNSW from 2013-2017. Her research focused on health impact assessment, health equity, and the social determinants of health. Katie is now a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh but we keep findings ways to keep her working with the CHETRE team.
Before joining UNSW, Katie worked with the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase the use of health impact assessment in the U.S. Katie has also worked as a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in the department of Gender, Diversity and Human Rights, where she researched Indigenous health disparities in Latin America. During her master’s program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health she conducted qualitative research in Honduras using the Photovoice methodology. Her research assessed perceived barriers to healthcare and helped to inform the development of a community health system.

Katie also worked as the center coordinator for the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity at the University of Miami, and served as an eligibility specialist for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

She received a bachelor of arts in Social Relations and Spanish from Michigan State University and her master’s in public health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is the recipient of the Department of State Foreign Language Acquisition Studies Fellowship, and the School of Public Health Dean’s Award.

Katie enjoys yoga, rock climbing and hiking in her free time.

Melissa Bernstein

Research affiliate

Melissa Bernstein was a Research Officer at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research, and Evaluation at the University of New South Wales. She is now living in Italy beginning the process of studying for a PhD and providing ad hoc support for CHETRE.  In her role,  Bernstein supported projects in the locational disadvantage stream along with the planning and execution of communication activities for all programs. Prior to joining CHETRE, she managed the Region 2 Public Health Training Center, a federally-funded grant to support local health departments based out of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Bernstein has experience working with university students, non-native English speakers, homeless individuals, people living with HIV/AIDs, people living with breast cancer, and university students. During her graduate program, she completed a faculty-student collaborative project through the NYC-LI-LTC PHTC to evaluate a Medical Reserve Corps recruitment/retention plan at Nassau County Department of Health. She has conducted mixed methods research at NYC DOHMH and New York Presbyterian Hospital as well as clinical research at NYU Langone Medical Center. While working as a Health Promotion Assistant at Alice! Health Promotion, Ms. Bernstein managed the nutrition and stress management initiatives, and designed a new healthy relationships initiative. Before pursuing her Master of Public Health, Ms. Bernstein taught English in Italy for 2 years.

Conjoint appointments