Meet the Training Team
Professor Lena Sanci
Professor Lena (she/her) is the Medical Advisor to the Doctors-in-Secondary Schools (DiSS) program and Head of the Department of General Practice and Primary Health, University of Melbourne. Lena has been involved with the program since it’s inception in 2015. Lena led the work involved in designing the model of care adopted by the program. For the past 20 years, Professor Sanci has been researching the potential of primary care to improve the health of young people through system-based interventions, and through training using evidence-based strategies for learning and change in clinicians, including the use of young people as coaches for clinicians. Her research focus includes the potential of technology to assist young people navigate their way to appropriate services.
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Dr Bianca Forrester
Bianca (she/her) is the DiSS training program manager and clinical lead and is a senior lecturer in the department. She has been involved in the program since 2016 when she was engaged as an education consultant to develop the curriculum alongside Lena Sanci. A training facilitator since the first training term, she was engaged by the Department of Education (DET) to lead implementation workshops and to develop program guidelines, in the first two years of the program. Bianca is an adolescent health specialising GP living and working in regional Victoria and is the GP at North Geelong Secondary School. She is an experienced education facilitator, and clinical lecturer at UoM and Deakin and is the clinical lead of innovation and learning at Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN). In Western Victoria, she leads the Population Health clinical network and is a member of the Barwon South West Interim Regional Body for Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing reform agenda.
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Dr Simone Craig
Dr Simone Craig (she/her) is a lecturer for the Doctors in Secondary Schools Program and a GP in current clinical practice. She is a clinician experienced in working in adolescent and youth health for over a decade, in both NSW and Victoria. She has had research interests in adolescents transitioning from paediatric to adult care, adolescents presenting with alcohol and other drug use, and GPs working with vulnerable families. She is currently working as a GP at The Pavilion School in Preston, with headspace Collingwood, and in private practice in NARRM (Melbourne). She joins the team as a facilitator and lecturer for the clinical component of DiSS.
Jessie Lu-Lee (she/her) is the project coordinator for the Doctors in Secondary Schools Clinical Training Program at the University of Melbourne, Department of General Practice and Primary Care. She is also the program manager for the Malaria Synergy Grant, Burnet Institute and the Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Malaria Elimination. She has a background in Applied Science (Psychology), Counselling (Child, Youth and Family Therapy) and Events Management. Her career spans across a variety of Not-for-Profit organisations and the health industry including the Australian Breastfeeding Association, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the UN Global Compact Network Australia.
Dr Ann-Maree Duncan
Dr Ann-Maree Duncan (she/her) BSc(Hons), PhD is a Research Support Officer for the Children and Young People’s Health Research team in the Department of General Practice and Primary Care. Ann-Maree has extensive experience in managing the administrative processes that support primary care research, such as grant and ethics applications. She also has experience in literature searches and preparation of literature reviews, and in writing for a wide variety of audiences.