Meet the team

The YES team is based at the University of Melbourne, in the School of Global and Population Health. The team is lead by Professor Anne Kavanagh.

To get in touch with one of our team members, please send an email to or call (03) 9035 4554.

Research team

Prof Anne Kavanagh
Lead Investigator

Anne is Professor of Disability and Health, Head of the Disability and Health Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne, and Lead Investigator on the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health. Anne is an epidemiologist with a medical degree from Flinders University and PhD from Australian National University. She has an international reputation for her research on health inequities particularly as it relates to people with disability. Her work in the field of health inequities spans a range of social determinants including disability, gender, the built environment, socioeconomic position, employment and housing.

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Stefanie Dimov
Project Manager

Stefanie has an Honours degree in Psychology and is currently working at the University of Melbourne as a project manager. She has lots of experience working on longitudinal studies with babies, teens, young people and adults. Stefanie is interested in what aspects of employment for young people lead to better health and wellbeing as they grow up.

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Marissa Shields
PhD Candidate

Marissa has a Masters of Public Health and currently works as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne. Her research has focused on disability, mental health, and social determinants of health, such as employment. Marissa is interested in how unemployment impacts the health of young people as they transition from school to work.


In Memory

A/ Prof Allison Milner (1983-2019)
Study Founder

Allison was the Deputy Director of the Disability and Health Unit, Melbourne School Population and Global Health, the University of Melbourne. Her areas of research interests included the influence of gender, employment characteristics, quality of work, and occupation as determinants of mental health. Allison focused on specific groups that may be particularly likely to face disadvantage in terms of obtaining and staying in work, such as people with disabilities. Allison’s work ranged across a number of externally-funded etiologic and intervention projects. She worked with key policy stakeholders to promote research on the link between employment and psychosocial disability.

The YES study acknowledges the significant contribution of Allison in founding this important study and motivating us to strive for better health and employment outcomes for young Australians.