Sarah Russell for Cooper
“I have lived in Northcote for over 35 years and have strong connections to my local community. I am a leader in mental health and aged care reforms. I bring an alternative progressive voice to Cooper.”
Dr Sarah Russell is a public health researcher and advocate who values evidence-based policies. She has been the Principal Researcher at Research Matters since 1999. Sarah is an innovative researcher who creatively engages people in qualitative research projects. She has a unique ability to bring individual voices together to tell a powerful collective story.
Sarah is also the Director of Aged Care Matters – a voluntary grassroots organisation that is concerned about current aged care policy and practice. Sarah’s work focuses on solutions not problems. The Aged Care Minister recently commissioned Sarah to undertake research with older people who receive home care packages. This research identified systemic problems associated with the marketisation of aged care and the lack of transparency in the sector.
Sarah has also undertaken research with people who have a mental illness. Sarah’s book “A lifelong journey: staying well with bipolar disorder” filled an important gap in our understanding of mental illness. Personal stories in her book provided evidence that people with a mental illness can aspire to full, happy and productive lives. Sarah’s research for beyondblue “Dual Diagnosis: young people speak out” described the devastating effects that mental illness and substance misuse have on young people.
Sarah has lived in Northcote since 1983. Her opinions about social, political and local issues are frequently shared in her letters and opinion pieces for newspapers. She believes democracy requires the robust and respectful contest of ideas.