Meet the Team

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Dr Dave Camilleri

Chief Investigator

Dr Dave Camilleri has been a BMX rider for 29 years and has been immersed in BMX trail scene for decades both in Australia and Europe. Dave dropped out of high school but returned to study Philosophy and Linguistics as a mature age student. Upon leaving university Dave worked as secondary school teacher before starting a PhD investigating creativity in disengaged adolescents within formal schooling. He is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Education. His teaching and research interests are in youth studies, wellbeing, and creativity…and BMX!
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Dr Richard Sallis

Co-Chief Investigator

Dr. Richard Sallis is a senior lecturer and authority regarding gender, sexualities, and youth in various educational and community contexts. His particular area of expertise is in the performance and expression of multiple masculinities in young males and how they express their creativity. His research and publications also include equity, access, diversity, and inclusion regarding young people and also the links between youth culture (and sub-cultures) and identity formation.

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Dr Ruth Williams

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Ruth Williams is a social researcher with many years of experience managing research projects across disciplines and in collaboration with industry partners and organisational case studies from domestic and international government, university, and private sectors. Ruth has been an educator for 25 years and her qualitative research focuses on ageing across the lifespan, equity, and access to health and education services.

Mental Health Experts

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Associate Professor Jon Quach

Associate Professor Jon Quach is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Education and senior research fellow at the Royal Childrens Hospital's Centre for Community Child Health. His overarching research agenda focuses on the health and education interface. He conducts large scale, efficacy and effectiveness randomised controlled trials of promising interventions to understand their impact and implementation when scaled. He also leads a number of projects which aim to evaluate policy initiatives that aim to improve outcomes for all students during the primary school years.

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Dr Chelsea Hyde

Dr Chelsea Hyde is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Education and course coordinator of the Master of Educational Psychology program. Chelsea is an endorsed Educational and Developmental Psychologist with more than fifteen years practical experience working as a school psychologist within independent school systems in Victoria and Queensland across both regional and metropolitan areas.