Gender Advisor & International Policing Consultant
Melissa Jardine is a Director for the Global Law Enforcement & Public Health Association (gleapha.wildapricot.org). GLEPHA is a unique organisation founded to further policy and practice that underpins the growing and significant developments which recognise the inter-related nature of law enforcement and public health. Melissa is also Gender Advisor & Communications Manager for the Centre for Law Enforcement & Public Health (www.cleph.com.au). She has written and delivered a range of international police training packages regarding HIV prevention, harm reduction approaches to drug use and sex work, and police-public health leadership.
Melissa was a Victoria Police officer for 10 years (2001-2011) working at the frontline and in criminal investigations. She completed a Master of Asian Studies at Monash University with a focus on the relationship between provincial economic growth in China and capital punishment for economic crimes, and studied Counter-terrorism in ASEAN. Followed by a Master of Philosophy at The University of Melbourne, examining police responses to the implementation of drug harm reduction programs in Hanoi, Vietnam. The research highlighted the complexities of the police response role to illicit drug use in an environment characterised by a conflicting regulatory framework, and political and organisational incentives predisposing police to certain decisions. Melissa has long term interest in the development of policing in Asia and is researched the professionalisation of police in Vietnam for her PhD at UNSW. Which included a focus on how to expand the role of women in policing in Vietnam. In 2017, Melissa was named an Asia 21 Young Leader by the Asia Society. Melissa was featured in the Victoria Police 'Badge and Beyond' Police Life magazine in Winter 2017.
Harm Reduction Specialist
Greg Denham has extensive experience across the policing, health and education sectors. He is a former member of both Victoria and Queensland Police and served in the uniform, investigation, crime prevention and training departments. Greg has also worked in the health field, particularly in drug and alcohol policy where he has undertaken extensive policy and practice development with police in the prevention of HIV through injecting drug use, mostly in South East Asia. Greg has also worked with police in developing strategies to better respond to people experiencing mental health problems and is a consultant in the prevention of child abuse and neglect through school-based education programs. More recently his professional direction has been looking at ways that local agencies can problem-solve complex health, social and welfare issues through stakeholder engagement and collaboration.
Editor & Communications Consultant
Nicole Gurd has over 20 years experience in hospitality communications and business management. As its newest recruit, Nicole brings creativity and a discerning eye to the CLEPH table. An impassioned advocate of grassroots movements pertaining to social justice and humanising healthcare, she has a genuine engagement with CLEPH’s vision.
Nicole is the founder of Wilderdance mindful movement. She runs workshops for adults, and for children in schools across Victoria, Australia. The workshops have an emphasis on bringing awareness to, and improving the state of the mental health and well-being of all people, particularly the young. With a keen interest in developing strategies to cope with mental illness, and a ground-up approach to problem solving, Nicole’s personal and professional values are heavily aligned with those of CLEPH. Her contributions in the field of editing and communications for the organisation have proved to be both original and effective. Although LEPH is a somewhat new venture for her, Nicole’s experiences across business, hospitality, health and life provide a valuable resource and an invigorating source of innovation for the CLEPH team.