After Melanie finished her studies in Ulm/Germany in 2004, she was part-time employed by the Centre of Military and Veteran’s Health (CMVH), to assist with the research into veteran quality of life, and by the UQ Social Research Centre to analyse longitudinal survey data.
From 2005-2009 Melanie worked for the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) as a Research Statistician. Her main tasks included data preparation, data management, statistical analysis, preparation of scientific papers, contribution to technical reports and reports prepared for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
Since May 2009 Melanie has been employed by the Institute of Social Science Research (ISSR) as a data archivist. In this position she is responsible for archiving social science data for the Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA), which includes thorough data checking and preparation. Furthermore, she conducts research into archiving (longitudinal) data and DDI.3, and she is ASSDA’s contact person for clients in Queensland.
Melanie has strong skills in data management and statistical analysis with survey data.
Berecki-Gisolf J, Spallek M, Hockey R, Dobson A. Height loss in elderly women is preceded by osteoporosis and is associated with digestive problems and urinary incontinence. Osteoporos Int. 2009 Jul 14.
Ford J, Spallek M, Dobson A. Self-rated health and a healthy lifestyle are the most important predictors of survival in elderly women. Age Ageing. 2008 Mar;37(2):194-200. Epub 2007 Dec 6.
Lucke J, Waters B, Hockey R, Spallek M, Gibson R, Byles J, Dobson A. Trends in women's risk factors and chronic conditions: findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. Womens Health (Lond Engl). 2007 Jul;3(4):423-32.
Spallek M, Turner C, Spinks A, Bain C, McClure R. Walking to school: distribution by age, sex and socio-economic status. Health Promot J Austr. 2006 Aug;17(2):134-8.
Turner JV, Spallek M, Najman JM, Bain C, Purdie DM, Nixon J, Scott D, McClure R. Socio-economic distribution of environmental risk factors for childhood injury. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2006 Dec;30(6):514-8.
Bain C, McClure R, Najman J, Nixon J, Purdie D, Scott D, Spallek M, Turner J. Socio-economic Distribution of Environmental Risk Factors for Childhood Injury. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2006, 30(6). pp. 514-518.
Research Fellow in Longitudinal and Life Course Methods
Masters equivalent degree in Medical Documentation and Information Technology, University of Applied Science, Ulm, Germany