University of Melbourne
Christina Heris is a PhD Candidate with the University of Melbourne Indigenous Epidemiology and Health unit and the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre researching influences on tobacco use among young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her project is being conducted through partnerships with community organisations and is exploring smoking initiation; non-smoking experiences; and protective social, cultural and environmental factors.
Christina has a background in science and health communication and previously worked at the Australian Government Department of Health managing research projects for health campaigns including the National Tobacco Campaign, National Drugs Campaign, cancer screening and physical activity. While completing her PhD she currently works as the communications officer for the Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Adolescent and Child Health (CRE REACH) and as a teaching associate (health communication), and volunteers with young people at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School.