Our Team

The NSW Regional Health Partners Team

A/Prof Nicolette Hodyl


Lisa is the Executive Officer at NSW Regional Health Partners, coordinating health translation projects being delivered through the Medical Research Futures Fund. Lisa has been working in rural health for almost 25 years, including five years in Broken Hill with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Far West NSW Medicare Local. Lisa has qualifications in business management, research and public health. Her passion is health equity and the provision of health services that meet the specific needs of rural Australians.

Dr Lisa McFayden

Executive Officer

Larissa Collins

Project Coordinator

Emma Garner

Project Officer

Melinda Gatt

Project Officer - Operations

A/Prof Craig Gedye

Associate Director HMRI Clinical Trials

I’m an Irish Australian physiotherapist, and researcher working with NSWRHP to improve care outcomes for people in regional and rural NSW. I have 10 years clinical experience and have used this background to inform my research over the past 5 years. I work with clinicians and patients to translate evidence into practice and generate more relevant research. I am passionate about making health research more useful for all communities, especially regional and rural.  

Connor Gleadhill

Research Associate

Celia Rae

Celia Rae is a Project Lead at NSWRHP and works on a range of different projects, including the Healthy Weight Strategy Project, the NSWRHP Scholarship Program and the NSWRHP website. With postgraduate degrees in Public Health and Health Management, she has over 15 years of health administrative experience in several different countries. As Celia grew up in a medical family in Central West NSW, she understands the challenges rural communities face in accessing optimal healthcare. She enjoys working on projects that facilitate this access with the aim of improving health outcomes for rural communities.

Celia Rae

Project Lead
Ellen Newman

Growing up on a 5,000 acre farm in Central West NSW access to services was limited, including medical services. I have always had a passion for health care completing a degree in applied science followed by a Master’s in Public Health. I have over 15 years’ experience in health, including working in rural and remote areas. My role as Operations Manager at NSWRHP means I am able to give back to rural areas and help improve equity and access to health care through translational research.

Ellen Newman

Operations Manager
Currently on Maternity Leave