Current projects

Evaluation of the Cyan Crew's preparation for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

The Collaborative Evaluation & Research Group (CERG) will evaluate the crew’s experiences pre and post yacht events using a mixed methods approach. The Cyan yacht has a crew of 12 and will compete in a number of events in the racing calendar leading up to the Sydney to Hobart race in January 2023. This will be the first time that this boat and many of the crew have competed in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter
  • Dr Scott Talpey
  • Sam Fenton
  • Dr Meghan Casey
  • Dr Dominic McNeil
  • Associate Professor Dixie Statham
  • Val Prokopiv
  • Dr Michael  Barbagallo
  • Meg Jackson
  • Michelle Prezioso

"I Am Deadly":

Evaluating the implementation of the ‘I Am Deadly’ project, which is a version of the ‘I Am Ready’ project targeting young Aboriginal students. The project is aimed at encouraging up to 20 Aboriginal students to take up a trade and providing them with a pathway into a trade. It also aims to encourage Aboriginal Students to continue their education to allow a greater choice for employment options post-secondary school.

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Valerie Prokopiv
  • Nicholas Johnson
  • Dr. Michael S. Barbagallo
  • Elissa Dabkowski
  • Michelle James
  • Michelle Prezioso

Latrobe Valley Authority: Health Innovation Project

CERG has partnered with the Latrobe Valley Authority to deliver the Health and Wellbeing stream of the Gippsland Smart Specialisation Strategy (GS3).

Working in partnership with stakeholders, CERG will explore current and future strengths and challenges in the heath sector. A series of workshops will lead a collaborative Discovery, Inquiry and Design process that is evidence based to explore strengths and opportunities.

More information about the Health Innovation Project

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Valerie Prokopiv
  • Michelle James
  • Elissa Dabkowski
  • Robyn Wildblood
  • Michelle Prezioso
  • Megan Jackson

Gippsland Primary Health Network (GippslandPHN)

CERG is evaluating the impact and reach of a number of GHPN’s early detection and screening initiatives in Latrobe City, including tobacco initiatives, illness detection and prevention, and local access to treatment and support services.

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Vaughan Reimers
  • Kaye Borgelt (GPHN/Adjunct)
  • Michelle James
  • Val Prokopiv

Adolescent Building Connections (ABC) Program

Evaluating the Quantum Support Services ABC program to provide tools and strategies to help young people understand the impact of their behaviours and encourage positive growth and maintenance of healthy relationships.

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Carolyn Bailey
  • Dr Blake Peck
  • Val Prokopiv
  • Michelle James
  • Dr Vaughan Reimers

Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships

Capacity building to develop the skills, knowledge, and abilities of people with intellectual disability, ABI, or complex communication across Gippsland. The key element is to engage, train and support peer educators in the development and delivery of the Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships (SL&RR) network. Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault (GCASA) is working in partnership with New Wave Gippsland.

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Peter Hopwood
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Val Prokopiv

Social Prescribing

Evaluating the impact of the Social Prescribing project, which enables primary health providers to address the wider social determinants of health by referring patients whose health is affected by non-medical factors (such as housing, financial stress or loneliness) to a range of community-based services.

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter
  • Michelle James (Lead)
  • Associate Professor Chris Mesagno
  • Dr Karen Missen
  • Val Prokopiv

Men’s Shed Field Officer

Evaluating the impact of employing a Field Officer on Latrobe Valley Men’s Sheds aims of achieving healthier mental and physical outcomes, and assisting and engaging with men affected by the downturn of employment in the Latrobe Valley.

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo (Lead)
  • Sara Brito
  • Jan Jones
  • Val Prokopiv

My Food Swap:

Working in partnership with Latrobe Health Assembly and the My Food Swap research team at Monash University and RMIT, the Collaborative Evaluation and Research Group (CERG) will evaluate the implementation of the My Food Swap initiative in Latrobe. The ‘My Food Swaps’ initiative provides personalised dietary feedback for the Latrobe Valley, based on the adaptation of an existing tool, Intake24.

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Dr Soma Pillay
  • Associate Professor Andrew Greenhill
  • Michelle James
  • Val Prokopiv

Incident Analytics:

Conducting a systematic review of the literature and existing tools what are currently in use to analyse data sets of organisational risk management. The literature review will inform future work, modeling and strategic planning.

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Elissa Dabkowski
  • Michelle James
  • Val Prokopiv

Zoos Victoria: Nature Led Recovery

Evaluating the impact of the East Gippsland nature based community recovery project, developed in response to the bushfire season of 2019-20. Zoos Victoria, ARI (DELWP) have partnered with Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) to work with local communities to support people’s recovery through experiencing, supporting and witnessing nature’s recovery.

CERG researchers

  • Associate Professor Joanne Porter (Lead)
  • Dr Michael Barbagallo
  • Professor Wendy Wright
  • Maryam Ghasemiardekani
  • Elissa Dabkowski
  • Michelle James
  • Val Prokopiv

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