Dr Zoi Triandafilidis

Dr Zoi Triandafilidis

Conjoint Fellow

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary


Dr Zoi Triandafilidis is a mixed-methods health researcher. She completed her PhD on young women and cigarette smoking at Western Sydney University in 2018.

She currently works as a Senior Project Officer at Everymind, a leading national Institute dedicated to reducing mental ill-health, reducing suicide and improving wellbeing.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Western Sydney University


  • Arts-based knowledge translation
  • Carers
  • Knowledge translation
  • Mental health
  • Mixed methods research
  • Qualitative research
  • Suicide prevention

Professional Experience


Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2020 -  Early Career Researcher Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/5/2019 -  Senior Project Officer Hunter New England Local Health District
13/5/2019 -  Affiliated Researcher Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)



Year Award
2020 Black Dog Institute Travel Award
Black Dog Institute
2019 Prevention Hub Travel Award
Black Dog Institute


Year Award
2016 Youth, Health and Practical Justice Conference Postgraduate Early Career Presentation Prize
The University of New South Wales


Year Award
2019 NSW Regional Health Partners Clinical Epidemiology Scholarship
NSW Regional Health Partners
2014 Discovery Postgraduate Research Award
Western Sydney University


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Burns E, Triandafilidis Z, Schmied V, 'Designing a model of breastfeeding support in Australia: An appreciative inquiry approach', HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, 28 1723-1733 (2020)
DOI 10.1111/hsc.12997
2020 Burns ES, Duursma L, Triandafilidis Z, 'Breastfeeding support at an Australian Breastfeeding Association drop-in service: a descriptive survey', International Breastfeeding Journal, 15 (2020)

© 2020, The Author(s). Background: In Australia, during the early establishment phase of breastfeeding, women can access telephone peer support counselling provided by the Austral... [more]

© 2020, The Author(s). Background: In Australia, during the early establishment phase of breastfeeding, women can access telephone peer support counselling provided by the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) however options for face-to-face peer support are limited. The known factors which improve ongoing and exclusive breastfeeding include face-to-face support, peer and/or professional support, and trained personnel. This study aimed to examine women¿s experiences of accessing one breastfeeding drop-in peer support service provided by trained peer support volunteer counsellors from the ABA. Methods: Women who accessed the service were invited, in 2014, to participate in an anonymous online survey which collected both quantitative and qualitative data. Participants were asked about their experiences of breastfeeding support, as well as their experiences of the drop-in service. In total, 53 women completed the online survey, and subsequent analysis generated descriptive statistics and qualitative themes. Results: Responses to the survey revealed that women attended the drop-in service with infants ranging in age from less than 1 week through to 12 months of age. Most women reported attending with infants aged 0¿8 weeks of age (72%). The predominant presenting problems identified were sore/damaged nipples, difficulties with infant latching to the breast, or concerns about using nipple shields. Analysis of the open text qualitative responses revealed one overarching theme ¿Support to continue breastfeeding¿ and four subthemes: ¿feeling listened to and not judged¿; ¿emotional support and confidence building¿; ¿the importance of face-to-face, practical support¿; and ¿the need for ongoing, free access¿. Discussion: In this study many women were seeking support for ongoing breastfeeding difficulties. Health professionals who had limited breastfeeding knowledge and skills were identified as most unhelpful in providing support with ongoing breastfeeding difficulties. Women valued having access to trained peer counsellors, who had the capacity to provide non-judgemental, face-to-face support; who could sit through a feed; in a space that was ¿safe¿; and who could enhance a woman¿s confidence with breastfeeding over the course of her full breastfeeding journey. Conclusions: Reactive peer support, provided in response to need, at an Australian Breastfeeding Association drop-in service, was described by participants as pivotal to enabling their ongoing breastfeeding.

DOI 10.1186/s13006-020-00345-1
2019 Triandafilidis Z, 'Social Experiences of Breastfeeding: Building bridges between research, policy and practice', SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, 41 983-984 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/1467-9566.12899
2019 Burns E, Triandafilidis Z, 'Taking the path of least resistance: a qualitative analysis of return to work or study while breastfeeding', INTERNATIONAL BREASTFEEDING JOURNAL, 14 (2019)
DOI 10.1186/s13006-019-0209-x
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7
2018 Triandafilidis Z, Ussher JM, Perz J, Huppatz K, 'Young Australian women's accounts of smoking and quitting: a qualitative study using visual methods', BMC WOMENS HEALTH, 18 (2018)
DOI 10.1186/s12905-017-0500-1
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
2017 Triandafilidis Z, Ussher JM, Perz J, Huppatz K, 'Doing and undoing femininities: An intersectional analysis of young women's smoking', FEMINISM & PSYCHOLOGY, 27 465-488 (2017)
DOI 10.1177/0959353517693030
Citations Web of Science - 6
2017 Triandafilidis Z, Ussher JM, Perz J, Huppatz K, 'An Intersectional Analysis of Women's Experiences of Smoking-Related Stigma', QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH, 27 1445-1460 (2017)
DOI 10.1177/1049732316672645
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 18
2017 Triandafilidis Z, Ussher JM, Perz J, Huppatz K, ''It's one of those "It'll never happen to me" things': young women's constructions of smoking and risk', HEALTH RISK & SOCIETY, 19 260-283 (2017)
DOI 10.1080/13698575.2017.1384801
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2016 Triandafilidis Z, 'Doing a Successful Research Project: Using Qualitative or Quantitative Methods, 2nd edition', JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY, 52 607-608 (2016)
DOI 10.1177/1440783314566295
Show 6 more journal articles

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 Honours Supporting Family Day Care Educators Supports Children’s Mental Wellbeing: A Qualitative Study Psychology, Everymind Co-Supervisor

Research Projects

Minds Together for family day care educators 2019 -


Dr Zoi Triandafilidis


Conjoint Fellow
School of Medicine and Public Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email zoi.triandafilidis@newcastle.edu.au
Link Twitter