Staff

The CVPPH team has a wealth of experience in health promotion, research and evaluation.

Shelly Lavery, Manager
Shelly is the Manager of CVPPH and has over 20 years of experience in the health and community sector.  Shelly has a wealth of experience in engaging, influencing and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders across government programs and community service providers at a state-wide and regional level. She is an experienced senior manager in both the acute and community health sector. Shelly also has extensive clinical experience in the health sector, including emergency, midwifery, intensive care, paediatrics, community nursing and an independent health practitioner in remote Aboriginal communities. She is also an accomplished and published researcher having successfully managed international clinical trials and collaborated and led research projects.

Nicki Renfrey, Administration Officer
Nicki has spent most of her working life in Administration roles but across a wide range of industries – and a mix of corporate and not-for-profit organisations.  In addition she completed a Certificate III in Childcare, Certificate III in Frontline Management and Diploma of Small Business Management.  As well as working three days per week at CVPPH, Nicki is also the Communications Officer for the Community Bank Maldon & District.  Nicki manages and implements CVPPH communication strategies to inform and engage stakeholders using websites, social media and eNewsletters. This work also incorporates the use of video and animation. Nicki manages the quality assurance of our external documents with regards to format, graphic design, readability and accessibility.  Nicki enjoys being outdoors, family history research, photography, Parkrun and spending time with family and friends.  Nicki is a graduate of the 2017 Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (LEAD Loddon Murray) and has been integral to the creation of a social modified women’s cricket competition in the Castlemaine district.

Carolyn Neilson, Project Officer
Carolyn (or Kaz) lives on Dja Dja Wurrung country with her three sons and partner. She is a health prevention project officer with CVPPH and has many years experience in the community development sector.  Kaz has experience in engaging and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders in social determinants of health programmes at a local, state-wide and regional level, more recently in prevention of violence against women, climate change impacts on health and wellbeing and affordable housing. Kaz is passionate about social and ecological justice and enjoys hill walking, yoga, singing, playing bad guitar and drinking fine whisky with friends.

Kathryn Chai, Project Officer
Kathryn is a Prevention Health Officer with the Central Victoria Prevention and Population Health team. Kathryn’s varied roles have seen her work across the family violence, mental health and suicide prevention sectors and is passionate about working with community to create community-led outcomes. Outside of work, Kathryn loves camping with her family and just relaxing with a good book.

Central Victoria Prevention & Population Health acknowledges the traditional owners on whose land we live and work, their rich culture and spiritual connection to country. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and celebrate their living culture and unique role in the life of our catchment.

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