AHSRI staff

The AHSRI Team

The Institute works as a multidisciplinary team and the staff has qualifications and expertise across sixteen disciplines. About half of the team has previous experience working in policy, management and clinical positions in the health system. There is a commitment to blending quantitative and qualitative approaches and to producing outputs that are easily understood, and that can be of practical use.

The AHSRI team (including staff members of the Institute's other centres) in 2014 are:

Australian Health Services Research Institute

Centre for Health Service Development

Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre

Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration

National Casemix and Classification Centre

Australasian Occupational Science Centre

Centre for Applied Statistics in Health

Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration

AHSRI Honorary Fellows 

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AHSRI Staff
 

Kathy Eagar, Professor and Director of the AHSRI (email)

Professor Kathy Eagar is Director of AHSRI and is involved in all aspects of the Institute’s work. She has over thirty five years of experience in the health and community care systems, during which she has divided her time between being a clinician, a senior manager and a health academic. She has authored over 350 articles, papers and reports on management, quality, outcomes, information systems and funding of the Australia and New Zealand health and community care systems.

Robert Gordon, Associate Professor (Health Services Research) (email)

Robert Gordon’s full-time position at AHSRI supports research projects in sub and non-acute care, casemix development, community health classification and health financing. Rob undertakes the day to day management of the Institute and directly manages many of its projects.

Elizabeth Cuthbert, Business Manager (email)

Elizabeth joined the Institute in 2003 as the full time Business Manager. Elizabeth is responsible for managing the Institute’s finances, negotiating all Institute contracts, and managing the Institute’s IT requirements. She is also responsible for coordinating the development of refinements to SNAPshot, an integrated software package developed and managed by the Institute.

Ian Ring, Professor (Public Health) (email)

Ian Ring is a part-time Professorial Fellow-Academic Development, at the AHSRI. Ian was previously Principle Medical Epidemiologist and Executive Director of the Health Information Branch at Qld Health and had also been Head of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University, and Foundation Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute at ANU. He is a medical graduate with qualifications in epidemiology and public health. His current research interests are particularly in Indigenous health and Cardiovascular health. His main role is to assist in strengthening the research capacity of the Institute.

Dave Webster, Senior Research Fellow (EMAIL)

Dave Webster is a Senior Research Fellow at AHSRI.  His role is IT Coordinator and Systems Architect. He works closely with statisticians and other researchers at AHSRI to improve existing systems and implement new systems to support the research undertaken at AHSRI. Dave has had a long relationship with University of Wollongong, having studied a Bachelor of Computer Science here, and previously worked as a developer for the Department of Psychology. He is also currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Research. He enjoys creating solutions and being involved in research which has real value to the community. 

Nicolas Fenwick, AHSRI Programmer (email)

Nicolas joined AHSRI in June 2013 as a software programmer. His first project was to develop ePPOC's data collection tool: epiCentre. Nicolas brings his skills in IT to enhance user experience.

Julie de Clouet, AHSRI Office Manager (EMAIL)

Julie joined the AHSRI in March 2007 as the FIM Manager and administrative support to AROC. She is currently the Office Manager for AHSRI.

Cheryl Blissett, Administrative Officer (email)

Cheryl Blissett joined the AHSRI in March 2006 and is an Administration Officer.  Cheryl is currently managing a number of specific administrative projects and also provides administrative support to the Business Manager and to various research projects within the Institute. 

Moira Buckley, Receptionist (email)

Moira joined AHSRI in July 2012 and provides reception and administrative support. Moira has worked for the NSW State Government for the past 12 years in NSW Department of Education and more recently at Community Services undertaking customer service and administrative duties.

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Centre for Health Service Development

 
JOHN GLYNN, PROFESSOR AND Executive DEAN OF the Faculty of Business (EMAIL)

Professor John Glynn is Dean of the Sydney Business School. Professor Glynn has wide international experience in management development programs. He is an advisor to a number of companies, government agencies and departments including the National Audit Office (UK), the Australian Audit Office, the NSW Parliament's Public Accounts Committee and the OECD. Professor Glynn has particular interests and expertise in the areas of strategy formulation management of change, financial management and performance appraisal across all levels of the public and private sector. He teaches accounting, financial management, public sector management and corporate strategy. His research interests are primarily public sector financial management and the management of change. Previous academic appointments in the UK were at the Universities of Exeter and Kent.

DR GRACE MCCARTHY, ASSOCIATE DEAN (EDUCATION) (EMAIL)

Dr Grace McCarthy is Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong. Grace led the development of the Master of Business Coaching which combines advanced coaching skills development with rigorous academic research. In 2012, Grace was awarded an Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching citation for ‘Using a coaching approach to inspire a love of learning among students and colleagues’. Grace is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring. Her book, "Coaching and Mentoring for Business", will be published by Sage in March 2014. 

Kathleen Clapham, Professor (Indigenous Health) (email)

Kathleen joined the Institute in 2011. She holds a BA (Hons First Class) and PhD in Anthropology and has over 25 years experience as an academic in higher education, where she specialises in Indigenous health research and education. Prior to joining the Institute she was the Director of the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre at the University of Wollongong. Kathleen has been Chief Investigator on NHMRC and ARC funded and other studies with an Indigenous health focus. Her research interests include: social determinants of health; Indigenous injury prevention and safety promotion; Indigenous child health and resilience; and Indigenous health workforce development.

Simon Eckermann, Professor (Health Economics) (email)

Professor Eckermann is Professor of Health Economics at the University of Wollongong and a member of the Australian Health Services Research Institute.  Simon has extensive experience in teaching and applying decision analytic methods for economic analysis in Health Technology Assessment.

 ELENA MARCHETTI, research Professor (Faculty of Law) (EMAIL)

Elena Marchetti joined the Faculty of Law as a Research Professor in May 2011.  In 2009, Elena (with Professor Kathleen Daly and Dr Jackie Huggins) was awarded a five-year ARC Discovery Grant and Research Fellowship to research the use of Indigenous sentencing courts in sentencing partner violence offenders.  Elena’s other research interests include Indigenous and feminist critiques of justice processes, and access to justice for minority groups.  She has extensive knowledge of speciality courts, particularly those involving Indigenous offenders and is the author of a number of articles, chapters and reports in the areas of Indigenous justice, and intersectional race and gender analyses of legal processes. Her PhD research, completed in 2005, considered why the Australian Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody was unable to take intersectional race and gender approach in its analysis.  Prior to commencing the ARC Research Fellowship, Elena taught in the areas of criminal law and procedure, family and domestic violence, and evidence.  She is a member of the UOW Faculty of Law’s Legal Intersections Research Centre and has previously served as a Sessional Member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

DR LORNA MOXHAM, Professor (Mental Health Nursing) (EMAIL)

Lorna Moxham is Professor of Mental Health Nursing in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, faculty of Science, Medicine and Health. Lorna has experience as Head of School, Dean of Graduate Research and has held numerous senior governance roles in university’s such as Chair: Research Committee of Academic Board and Chair: University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Initially qualified as a psychiatric nurse at Rozelle Hospital in Sydney, Lorna continued her passion for lifelong learning graduating from UWS with a Diploma of Applied Science and Bachelor of Health Science. She then graduated from UNSW with a Master of Education. Additionally, Lorna has a Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety and also in Quality Management and a PhD.

Lorna has held numerous university and community appointments including four at ministerial level: These include Chair: Central Queensland Health Community Council, Mental Health Review Tribunal, Regional Planning Advisory Committee and the QLD Priority Housing Committee. Additionally, Lorna was a Board Director for Central Queensland Mercy Health and Aged Care and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and a member of the Executive for the Australian and New Zealand Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery.

Passionate about health care and its valuable contribution to the wellbeing of our society, Lorna’s specific area of expertise rests within mental health nursing. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and also the Australian College of Nursing.

DR LINDA DAWSON, Associate ProfessoR (Faculty of Social ScieNces) (EMAIL)

Dr Linda Dawson is currently Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Dr Dawson joined the University of Wollongong as Head of School of Information Systems and Technologies in 2010. She has over 20 years experience in information systems and information technology and has worked as a programmer, systems analyst, and as an academic at several Universities including Monash University, the University of Sydney, the University of Tasmania and Deakin University. Linda's recent research focuses on how people and organisations build and use information systems to support and improve work practices, especially in healthcare environments. 

HELEN HASAN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (ECONOMICS AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS) (EMAIL)

Dr. Helen Hasan is an Associate Professor in the School of Accounting, Economics & Finance at the University of Wollongong. She has a Masters in Physics followed by a PhD in Information Systems, is a member of the Australian Standards Committees on Knowledge Management and Small-Medium Enterprises, and chairs the board of CTC@Ulladulla, part of the Networking the Nation initiative. She has published extensively in the areas of Human Computer Interaction, Decision Support Systems (DSS) and Knowledge Management (KM), including a new book “Australian Studies in Knowledge Management, and is currently supervising, 12 research students in these areas. Helen is Director of the Activity Theory Usability Laboratory at the University of Wollongong, Director of the Eureka Connection, a not-for-profit network that provides a forum for generating, sharing, developing and testing new ideas and Director of the cross-institutional Socio-Technical Activity Research (STAR) Group on Knowledge Management that is funded, for the three years, by a Discovery Grant from the Australian Research Council.

KATE SENIOR, Associate Professor (EMAIL)

Kate Senior has a PhD in anthropology from the Australian National University. Her PhD involved a study of people's understandings of health and illness and their relationships with their health services in a remote Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land. Kate was the leader of the youth health and well-being team at the Menzies School of Health Research, and before that was the coordinator of the public health program at Menzies School of Health Research and a lecturer in anthropology at Charles Darwin University. Kate currently works at the School of Health and Society in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong.

SAMANTHA THOMAS, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (PUBLIC HEALTH) (EMAIL)

Samantha specialises in risk behaviours; marketing campaigns, and understanding the impact of industry tactics on health and social behaviours. In 2009, Samantha was chosen by The Weekend Australian as one of the Top Ten Emerging Health Leaders in Australia. In 2010 she received a prestigious Australian Davos Connection Future Leader Award. Samantha graduated with a PhD in Community Health from the University of Auckland. Prior to joining Health and Society, she worked at the World Health Organisation (Geneva), King's College London, and Monash University.

Samantha has received grants from a range of organisations including the ARC, NHMRC, Victorian Department of Justice and the AFL Research Board. Her most recent grants include an ARC Discovery Grant (2011) with Prof Tim Olds (University of South Australia) exploring the ways in which Australian families interpret and respond to weight messaging; and an ARC Discovery Grant (2014) with Prof Mike Daube (Curtin University) on the impact of Sports Betting marketing. She is also conducting research funded by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation which explores how Victorian Families interact with gambling marketing strategies, and effective strategies to tackle gambling stigma.

Samantha has provided expert testimony to a number of Australian Parliamentary Inquiries, most recently to the Australian Senate Committee on Gambling Reform. Her work is regularly featured in national and international press.

HEATHER YEATMAN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (POLICY RESEARCH) (EMAIL)

Dr Heather Yeatman is an Associate Professor and Interim Head at the School of Health & Society and undertakes her research as a member of AHSRI. Within AHSRI, Heather has a key role in work on healthy public policy, with a specific focus on food policy, and how this translates into standards and regulation. Heather is also President of the Public Health Association of Australia.

Gary Eckstein, Senior Research Fellow (Medical Demography) (email)

Dr Gary Eckstein holds part-time positions with the CHSD and the Health Services Research Group, University of Newcastle. Gary participates as a senior researcher developing projects in health demography, and providing expert statistical advice in the areas of health financing and resource distribution.

DR JOSHUA FAN, Senior Lecturer (EMAIL)

Dr Joshua Fan coordinates the MSc (Logistics) and Master of Project Management programs. Prior to joining the Sydney Business School, he worked as a consultant in the IT and Logistics industries. Joshua’s main international research links are with the Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California. His teaching and research interests centre on operations research, strategic supply chain management, electronic business and workflow optimisation. Dr Fan is also a co-director of one of the Sydney Business School’s research centres - Centre for Strategic Supply Solutions.

Malcolm Masso, Senior Research Fellow (Health Services Research) (email)

Malcolm Masso is a Senior Research Fellow at the CHSD. Prior to joining the Centre he worked for over 25 years in the health system as a clinician and manager, including 15 years of executive responsibility for clinical services in both large and small hospitals in rural and metropolitan areas. He has academic qualifications in economics, nursing administration and public health. More information is available here.

Karen Quinsey, Senior Research Fellow (Health Services Research) (email)

Karen Quinsey is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Service Development. Karen has worked in the health system in occupational therapy, community health and health service improvement, as both a clinician and a manager. Her academic qualifications are in Occupational Therapy and Public Health. Karen has been at the Centre for about ten years working on a range of evaluation projects, including three national palliative care programs.

DR MELANIE RANDLE, Senior Research Fellow (Marketing) (EMAIL)

Melanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Administration, a Master of Business and  PhD in Marketing. Prior to joining UOW she worked in corporate marketing for eight years. Since entering academia her research has focused on social and non-profit marketing, particularly the use of marketing techniques to encourage social inclusion and civic participation in the form of volunteering and foster caring. Melanie’s research interests also include the impact of marketing strategies on children and overall community well-being.

Cristina Thompson, Senior Research Fellow (Health Services Research) (email)  

Cristina Thompson joined CHSD in July 2008.  In the full-time position of Senior Research Fellow, she supports research projects in the areas of health policy, strategy, service development and planning.  Prior to joining the Centre Cristina worked for over 25 years in the health system as a clinician and senior manager, in both rural and metropolitan health settings.  Her most recent role included responsibility for strategy, planning and corporate development for a major NSW Area Health Service. Cristina trained as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife and has academic qualifications in Sociology, Public Sector and Business Administration.

Maree Banfield, Senior Research Fellow (email)

Maree Banfield was the National Education and Quality Improvement Manager for the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC).  Maree joined CHSD in 2004 on a practitioner fellowship 1 day a week from her position as Palliative Care Service Manager at Calvary Health Care, Sydney.  A full-time secondment was arranged in 2007 to enable Maree to assume the position of the national education and training manager for PCOC.  In September 2008 Maree resigned from Calvary and was appointed Senior Research Fellow - Palliative Care.  Maree is also a Registered Nurse and Certified Midwife and brings to AHSRI extensive experience at an executive and clinical level in the palliative care sector of the health care system. 

MS CATHIE ANDREW, Lecturer (EMAIL)

Cathie Andrew is an occupational therapist, currently teaching full time in the post graduate OHS program within the School of Health & Society, Faculty of Social Science at the University of Wollongong. Prior to this role, she was employed as the injury management coordinator in the WHS unit. Cathie has a long relationship with the University of Wollongong, completing a MaAppSc (OH&R) in 1997 and MaSc (Research) in 2013. Her research interests are workplace injury prevention, sustainable employment perspectives for healthy aging, and implications for age related changes in capacity to drive safely.

Cathy Duncan, Research Fellow (Health Services Research) (email)  

Cathy Duncan joined AHSRI in 2013. Prior to joining the Institute, Cathy worked for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing for almost 10 years in both Canberra and Tasmania in a range of program management and policy positions including in aged care, primary care and rural health. Cathy has academic qualifications in Social Work and worked for 13 years as a Social Worker in both Sydney and on the South Coast of NSW in acute care, rehabilitation and aged care settings. Cathy is a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Her interests include aged care assessment, rural and remote health, community capacity building and the interface between acute care, primary care and aged care.

Dave Fildes, Research Fellow (Health Services Research) (email)

Dave Fildes holds a full time position at the CHSD. He conducts literature reviews, contributing to the development of policy options and preparing reports for Government agencies across a range of subject areas as part of his research at the Centre. He is involved in a variety of CHSD projects including palliative care service delivery and community development and assessment. Dave has tertiary qualifications in Communication and Cultural Studies, Politics and Public Health.

DR MICHAEL JONES, Lecturer (EMAIL)

With a background as an Electronics Engineer, Michael is looking to bridge management and technology issues and take in culture, knowledge management and information systems.

Michael enjoys satisfying his natural curiosity through research. He’s now working on a major project with Emergency Service Agencies throughout Australia and New Zealand, looking at creating sustainable volunteer management practices.

Michael is also the Editor-in-Chief of a high ranking journal – the International Journal of Doctoral Studies www.ijds.org. This brings an additional field of research to Michael’s portfolio which revolves around doctoral supervision.

Michael currently has over 70 peer-reviewed published papers. A partial list of these can be found at: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=ZyZepgUAAAAJ

DR SILVIA MENDOLIA, Lecturer (EMAIL)

Silvia joined the School of Economics in 2012 (now the School of Accounting, Economics & Finance), after having worked at the Social Policy Research Centre (UNSW) and at the University of Aberdeen (Department of Economics and Health Economics Research Unit).

Silvia's research interests are in empirical health and labour economics, with a strong focus on the family well-being. Silvia was awarded her PhD in 2011 and she has published two chapters of her PhD thesis in the Journal of Population Economics and the Review of Economics of the Household.

Peter Samsa, Research Fellow (Health Informatics) (email)

Peter Samsa joined the Centre in 2005 after working for the Council of Social Service of NSW and a variety of non-Government human service organisations. His interests include health informatics, and data standards for health and human services. He has academic qualifications in Social Work, and Information and Communication Technology.

Hilarie Tardif, Research Fellow (Health Services Research) (email)

 Hilarie joined AHSRI in 2013 where her primary role is the management and implementation of ePPOC: the electronic Persistent Pain Outcome Collaboration.  Prior to joining the Institute, Hilarie worked in a variety of not-for-profit and government roles with an emphasis on measuring outcomes in the mental health sector.  More recently she managed research projects using linked data in the WA Data Linkage Unit and the NSW Centre for Health Record Linkage.  Hilarie has academic qualifications in psychology, biochemistry and psychophysiology.

Anita Westera, Research Fellow (Health Services Research) (email)

Anita Westera joined the CHSD on a part-time basis in July 2005. Anita has over 20 years experience working in the health, aged and community care sectors, as a Registered Nurse as well as policy officer for the Commonwealth and NSW Governments and advisor for the former NSW Minister of Ageing. Anita is a member of the Board of UnitingCare Ageing, the largest provider of aged care services in NSW.

JANE WHITELAW, LECTURER (EMAIL)

Jane has worked in the field of Occupational Hygiene for over 25 years, is a Full member of AIOH, a certified occupational hygienist (COH), and gained her American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) Comprehensive Practice in 1991. She was the Australasian Corporate Hygienist for Alcan Aluminium for 10 years, representing our region on several International development committees. She designed and implemented the extensive workplace monitoring programme for the Kurri Kurri epidemiological respiratory health study in conjunction with the University of Newcastle in the late 1980’s and 90’s and served on Australian Standards committees AS1715 &1716. She has extensive experience in the broad Aluminium, Paper and Steel industries and her academic qualifications include a Masters Degree in Applied Science (Environmental Health).

She has used her strong technical background to work at a senior management level to influence attitudes to Occupational Health and Safety in the manufacturing workplace; and her research interests include Adult Education, Behavioural Safety and Workplace Culture change.

Kate Williams, Research Fellow (Health Services Research) (email)

Kathryn (Kate) Williams has qualifications in psychology and journalism. Since joining the CHSD on a part-time basis in 2004, Kate has contributed to a variety of projects, including literature reviews, health program and palliative care evaluation, the design and pilot testing of tools for priority setting and a catalogue of evidence-based strategies for the Best Start early intervention program.

Pam Grootemaat, Associate Fellow (Health Services Research) (email)

Pam Grootemaat joined the CHSD on a full-time basis in July 2005. Pam previously worked in research and evaluation for mental health promotion. She has academic qualifications in nutrition and public health. Pam supports research projects in health system classification, policy and funding reform within health and community care services.

JOANNA RUSSELL, Associate LEcturer (EMAIL)

Joanna is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Health and Society, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Courtney Callister, Research Assistant (Email)

Courtney Callister is a part-time Study Manager, at the AHSRI. Courtney has previously managed research projects specializing in Indigenous Health and wellbeing. She holds a BSc from The University of Melbourne and is currently finishing her MCom. Courtney supports Professor Kathie Clapham on research projects in Indigenous health and wellbeing. 

Darcy Morris, Senior Administrative Officer / Project Support (email)

In his full-time position as Senior Administrative Officer, Darcy provides high level project and administrative support to AHSRI as a whole and to various specific projects. Academic support includes contribution to report writing and data analysis. Darcy has worked on several Commonwealth Government funded national evaluations, for example the Local Palliative Care Grants Program, Asthma Management Program and Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care Program. He is currently working on evaluations of initiatives by Alzheimer’s Australia and Health Workforce Australia. He has also contributed to a range of literature reviews and provides technical support including development and maintenance of AHSRI websites. Darcy has postgraduate qualifications in Health Services Research and Development.   

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Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre

 
J.E. (Ben) Marosszeky, Associate Professor and Clinical Director of AROC (email)

Associate Professor Ben Marosszeky took up a part-time position at AHSRI in 2002 as the inaugural Clinical Director of AROC. He is also the Director of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Westmead Hospital, a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at University of Sydney and a Councillor of the World Forum of Neurological Rehabilitation. Dr Marosszeky brings to the AHSRI wide ranging and internationally recognised clinical experience in rehabilitation medicine.

Frances Simmonds, Senior Research Fellow (AROC Manager) (email)

Frances Simmonds is appointed as the AROC Manager, and commenced duties with AHSRI in mid January 2006. Frances brings to AHSRI extensive health sector experience at a senior level in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Frances has been employed as the National Director, Funder Relations for the Sisters of Charity Health Service. During the last 12 years, Frances has filled several senior executive roles, all of which have involved management of national projects or functions. As the AROC Manager, Frances has key responsibility for managing the project on a day to day basis.

Jacquelin Capell, Research Fellow (AROC) (email)

Jacquelin joined the AHSRI team in February 2011. Her background is in physiotherapy, adult education and research. Jacquelin has a particular focus on expanding participation in AROC's ambulatory data collection.

Janet Law, Research Fellow (AROC) (email)

Janet is an occupational therapist who also works at Royal Ryde Rehabilitation Centre. Janet  joined AHSRI in 2007 and has worked with AROC as a Master FIM trainer and has taken a lead role in providing the AROC impairment specific benchmarking  workshops.

Wendy Maxwell, Research Fellow (AROC) (Email)

Wendy has more than 20 year's experience in rehabilitation nursing. She currently works part-time at Rehab Plus, for the Auckland District Health Board in New Zealand. She has been a Master FIM Trainer since 2008, and joined the AROC team to provide training and support for AROC New Zealand Data Collection in 2012. Wendy has a special interest in the consistency of rehabilitation delivery.

Tara Stevermuer, Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (email)

Tara Stevermuer is a full time member of AHSRI where she is the AROC Data Manager and AHSRI website administrator. Tara is also involved in various AHSRI projects, ranging from community health and community care surveys, evaluation of Community Health Asthma Program (CHAP), to building databases to assist prioritisation for service for NSW Home Care and NSW Provision of Appliances for Disabled People (PADP). Tara brings extensive statistical and database management skills to AHSRI. Tara holds a conjoint appointment as lecturer to the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW.

Niki Panteli, FIM Manager & Administrative Support (AROC) (email)

Niki joined AHSRI in September 2013 as the FIM Manager, and also provides administrative support for AROC.

Lewis Green, Administrative Assistant (email)

Lewis Joined the CHSD in 2010 and works part time as an administrative assistant. Lewis’ main roles are with AROC assisting with data entry and providing general administrative support.

Alexander Tome, Administrative Assistant (Email)

Alexander graduated from UOW with a Bachelor of Mathematics & Finance in 2013. He joined the AHSRI team in August 2014 with hopes to pursue his passion for statistics and health. Alexander currently assists with data analysis for AROC and provides any further administrative support where needed.

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Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration

 
Karen Quinsey, PCOC National Director (email)

Karen Quinsey is the PCOC National Director. Prior to joining PCOC Karen worked in the health system in occupational therapy, community health and health service improvement, as both a clinician and a manager. Her academic qualifications are in Occupational Therapy and Public Health. Karen is also a Senior Research Fellow at the CHSD, and has been at the Centre for over ten years working on a range of evaluation projects, including three national palliative care programs.

Sabina Clapham, Research Fellow (PCOC Education Manager - National) (email)

Sabina has a Masters in Clinical Nursing, a specialty certificate in palliative care nursing and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Sabina has worked in palliative care inpatient nursing and a number of palliative care education positions and projects. Sabina joined CHSD in 2008 to assist with the development and delivery of PCOC education. Sabina has had ongoing involvement with PCOC since 2008 and re-joined the PCOC team in 2011 to provide education and support to NSW and ACT health services.

Jane Connolly, PCOC Central Zone Quality Improvement Facilitator (PCOC) (Email)

Jane has a 23 year history in palliative care and Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care.Jane's history encompasses clinical in-patient nursing, Nurse Unit management and Senior Service level management. Jane joined CHSD in 2011 as a PCOC Quality Improvement Facilitator.

Gaye Bishop, PCOC Central Zone Quality Improvement Facilitator (PCOC) (Email)

Gaye has a Masters in Adult education, a specialty certificate in palliative care nursing and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Gaye’s experience includes palliative care nursing in inpatient and community settings, nursing education specific to palliative care and undergraduate nursing programs, and development and delivery of palliative care education programs across specialist, aged care and acute settings. Gaye has been involved with PCOC since 2012 providing education and support to services in NSW, ACT and Victoria.

Felicity Burns, PCOC Central Zone Quality Improvement Facilitator (PCOC) (Email)

Felicity started with PCOC early 2014 and continues her involvement in research and quality projects.  She has over 15 years’ experience in palliative care, working both in NSW and Victoria in various roles including, Palliative care nurse specialist, Palliative care nurse consultant and Associate nurse unit manager.  These roles have been across community services, designated inpatient services, and within a consultative team in a large tertiary hospital.

Janet Taylor, PCOC South Zone Quality Improvement Facilitator (email) 

 

Tanya Pidgeon, PCOC West Zone Quality Improvement Facilitator (email) 

 

Clare Christiansen, PCOC North Zone Quality Improvement Facilitator (email) 

 

Linda Foskett, Administrative Officer (PCOC) (email)

Linda joined the AHSRI in March 2009 and provides administrative support to the PCOC.

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National Casemix and Classification Centre

 
Jenny McNamee - Director NCCC (email)

Jenny joined the NCCC in September 2010. Her most recent management experience is in the areas of health system performance management, casemix / clinical costing and episode based funding in the NSW public health sector. For the 10 years prior to 2008, Jenny managed casemix and performance at Sydney Children’s Hospital. Here she developed a specialisation in paediatric casemix issues, and worked closely with Children’s Hospital’s Australasia in the establishment of a national performance and casemix benchmarking program and was involved in a number of paediatric casemix development activities.

In this role, Jenny will be responsible for the effective co-ordination of the 2012 AR-DRG Classification System Development Program, being managed on behalf of the University of Wollongong under contract to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

Patricia Saad, Classification Developer (NCCC) (email)

Patricia joined AHSRI in 2009 and has worked on numerous casemix and classification projects since that time, notably, the development of ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Eighth Edition. Patricia has extensive experience in the development, support and migration of classifications, termsets and terminologies and development of project specific data dictionaries. 

Danni Masso, Senior Administrative Assistant (NCCC) (email)

Danni joined the NCCC in November 2010 in the role of Senior Administrative Officer on the AR-DRG project. Danni has a background in administrative support in corporate environments, national IT project support and training, as well as information analysis for media industry.

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Australasian Occupational Science Centre

 
Alison Wicks, Honorary Research Fellow (Occupational Science) (email)

Dr Alison Wicks was appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow in January 2005. She is the Founding Director of the Australasian Occupational Science Centre (AOSC), a research centre within AHSRI. The AOSC is located at the Shoalhaven Campus in Nowra. Alison is an occupational therapist with 25 years experience as a health practitioner. Since 2000, she has been focusing on research in occupational science. Occupational science is a broad interdisciplinary field concerned with the study of human occupation in relation to health in daily living and with the social classifications economics, policies, systems, culture and geography that govern human occupation. Alison is President of the Australasian Society of Occupational Scientists and Project Leader of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists International Advisory Group: Occupational Science.

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Centre for Applied Statistics in Health

 
Janette Green, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (Applied Statistics) (email)

Associate Professor Green, as Principal Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) at the Australian Heath Services Research Institute, is the Director of the Centre for Applied Statistics in Health within AHSRI.  She has extensive experience in classification development and has undertaken projects in costing, benchmarking, outcome measurement and program evaluation, utilising national and international data from a variety of sources, including primary health, disability, community care, emergency department, rehabilitation and palliative care.  She has undertaken a substantial amount of work with assessment tools, particularly in the area of children with disabilities.  She undertook the statistical analysis and class finding for all versions of the Australian National Sub-acute and Non-Acute Patient Classification (AN-SNAP) and has developed casemix classifications in a number of other areas such as disability, mental health and ambulatory sexual health care.

More recently she has managed a team of statisticians in a number of projects, including the development of Version 7 of the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRGs), in conjunction with ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Eighth Edition which was released for implementation in 2013.  Her background is in mathematical statistics and she has taught a variety of statistics subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has conducted a number of workshops for health professionals on the use and interpretation of statistics.  Green has international collaborations with Canada, Europe, the UK and the USA and is one of the three Asia Pacific representatives on the Executive Committee of Patient Casemix Systems International (PCSI).

Luise Lago, Senior Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (email)

Luise Lago is a Senior Research Fellow in applied statistics at AHSRI.  Luise’s role is primarily in contract research but she has also given training courses in statistics and worked as a statistics tutor. Luise has most recently been working in  the area of casemix development, including taking a lead role in a team of statisticians working on the development of the Australian-Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRGs), and analysing cost drivers for mental health in Australia. Luise also has experience in the areas of survey design and analysis and evaluation. Prior to joining the institute Luise worked in the statistical methodology division of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and has extensive knowledge of official data sources and classifications. Luise is also in the final stages of a PhD in imputation of missing data for household surveys using hierarchical linear models.

Sonia Bird, Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (email)

Sonia Bird is a full time member of AHSRI, supporting research projects including Palliative Care and the NSW Clinical Services Redesign Program. Her work involves data management, statistical analysis and report writing. Sonia has tertiary qualifications in Mathematics, Applied Statistics and Finance.

Megan Blanchard, Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (email)

Megan Blanchard joined AHSRI in 2010 after working at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  Megan is a part time Research Fellow supporting projects which involve statistical work including classification development. She has experience in statistical analysis and has worked with very large datasets, including the creation of population estimates and projections.

Sam Allingham, Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (email)

Sam studied mathematics and statistics at the University of Wollongong. After graduating in 2007 he went to work in the Time Series Analysis section of  the Australian Bureau of Statistics. While in this position he gained extensive knowledge in survey design and analysis as well as experience in the analysis of seasonal time series. Since starting at the AHSRI in November 2009, Sam has provided statistical support on projects for the Graduate School of Medicine and the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre. He has also been working with the Centre for Statistical and Survey Methodology to analyse the results of a New Zealand Ministry of Health survey.

Conrad Kobel, Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (email)

 Conrad Kobel joined AHSRI in October 2013. Previously, he worked as a research fellow at Innsbruck Medical University in Innsbruck, Austria between 2008 and 2013. There, he was a key researcher in the EuroDRG project which compared multiple aspects of several European DRG systems. Within the project, he primarily contributed to the methodological framework of the empirical analyses. In addition, he supported clinical research with statistical analyses and taught applied statistics to medical students. Conrad has studied mathematics and financial mathematics in Germany and Sweden and has completed the Doctoral Program in Social and Economic Sciences (main focus on health economics) at Innsbruck University in Austria.

Milena Snoek, Associate Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (email)

 Milena joined the AHSRI team as a Research Fellow in 2012. She has postgraduate qualifications in Statistics and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences (Honours I). Milena has over ten years of industry experience in the higher education and telecommunications sectors, with a focus on data modelling and data analysis.

Patrick Steele, Associate Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (email)

Pat works at AHSRI as part of the CASiH and AROC team, and he brings an IT perspective to the team.

Alanna Holloway, Associate Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (Email)

Alanna Holloway joined AHSRI in July 2013 after working at BlueScope Steel for a number of years.

She has tertiary qualifications in Engineering and Applied Statistics. Alanna is currently working on PCOC.

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Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration

 
Jan Sansoni, Principal Research Fellow and Director of AHOC (Email)

Jan Sansoni is the Director of the Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration (AHOC). Jan provides research support and education to the health and community industry by assisting individuals, services and government departments with outcome evaluation of health care interventions and services. Through AHOC Jan convenes a national health outcomes conference in Canberra each year, is active in a number of international collaborations concerning health outcomes measurement, and undertakes a range of health outcomes research consultancy activities.  

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AHSRI Honorary Fellows

In addition to core staff, the AHSRI has a number of other honorary fellows who collaborate with us on specific research projects and play a key role in forging links between the AHSRI and the health industry.
Honorary fellows include: 

DAVID STEEL, PROFESSOR (APPLIED STATISTICS)

David Steel is Professor in Statistics, School of Mathematics & Applied Statistics, University of Wollongong. His research interests include survey methods, statistical design and analysis for survey, census and aggregate data. Professor Steel has active links with industry, which includes projects with ABS, NZ Ministry of Health, NSW Health and Statistics New Zealand.

DR JOHN DANIELS

Dr John Daniels is an academic, clinician and administrator in the Aboriginal community controlled health sector where he has worked for over 30 years. He has published refereed journal articles, book chapters and has been a Chief Investigator on NHMRC funded research grants whose primary focus has been in Indigenous health. In addition to his interest in Aboriginal health, he has worked as an administrator in the public health sector and is a board member of the Sydney Local Health District.

Dr Andrew Bezzina, South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service

Andrew is a Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong in NSW, Australia. He has a significant background in education especially in rural and remote settings. Andrew has particular interests in Decision making in Emergency Medicine, Advance Care Directives in the Emergency Department and Emergency Department systems.

Mr Tim Coombs, Australian Mental Health Outcomes Classification Network

Tim Coombs is from the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN).

Dr Roslyn Poulos, University of NSW

Dr Roslyn Poulos is from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of NSW. More information is available here.

Ms Rebekkah Middleton, Illawarra Health

 

Ms Tineke Robinson, Independent Consultant

 

Dr Mark Rix, Graduate School of Business (University of Wollongong)

Mark Rix is a Senior Lecturer in the Business School at the University of Wollongong. His research inter­ests are in the areas of access to justice, human rights and the rule of law, and counter-terrorism and liberal democracy.

 

Ms Carla Cranny, Independent Consultant

Director, Carla Cranny and Associates.

Dr Ngaire Brown, Menzies School of Health Research

Ngiare is currently Executive Manager Research and Senior Public Health Medical Officer at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation where she is making a significant contribution to the research and reform agenda. She also has an academic appointment at the University of Wollongong as Professor of Indigenous Health and Education. Click here for more information.

Dr Roger Dunston, Sydney Medical School, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Dunston is a senior health services manager, educator and health policy analyst with over 30 years of experience within the health sector. Click here for more information.

Mr Tom Cleary, OPSM

 

Professor David Currow, Flinders University of South Australia

Professor David Currow is the Chief Cancer Officer of NSW and Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Institute NSW, the NSW Government’s cancer control agency. Prior to his appointment to this position in March 2010, Professor Currow was the foundation Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Australia, the Commonwealth's cancer control agency. Professor Currow leads the Cancer Institute NSW team, whose expertise and remit include cancer prevention, early detection and screening, cancer service performance, reporting and development, and strategic investment in translational cancer research. Through these vital areas, Professor Currow advances the role of the Cancer Institute NSW in its capacity to decrease the incidence of cancer, increase the survival for people who are diagnosed with cancer and improve the quality of care for people with cancer. Cancer outcomes continue to improve as a result of whole-of-system changes. Professor Currow is the previous president of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia and past president of Palliative Care Australia. He has served on the American Society of Clinical Oncology working party on palliative care education, chaired the working party for the Union of International Cancer Control on Palliative Care for the United Nations summit on non-communicable diseases, and has been on faculty for the Australia & Asia Pacific Clinical Oncology Research Development workshops (ACORD).

Dr Christopher Poulos, South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service

Associate Professor Chris Poulos is a senior rehabilitation physician and the Foundation Hammond Chair of Positive Ageing and Care with the University of NSW. Chris is also the current President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and a Director of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He holds a Master’s Degree in health policy and management, and in 2012 was awarded his PhD for work on utilisation review and the rehabilitation patient journey. He has many years of clinical experience working with people with disabling conditions, helping them to achieve their maximum level of functioning, quality of life and independence. He is an experienced researcher and teacher in the areas of rehabilitation and aged care and is a Visiting Principal Fellow with the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong. In addition, he has undertaken a number of consultancies about the delivery of rehabilitation and sub-acute care services. His main clinical and research focus is on helping individuals and their carers achieve whole person wellness and developing workforce models to promote this aim.

Ms Mary Ellen Burke, Independent Consultant

 

Professor Robert Gibberd, University of Newcastle 

Professor Gibberd has served as the Director of the Hunter Health Statistics Unit and Director of the Health Services Research Group (HSRG).  In both roles he has contributed extensively to delivering data reports for States on quality, admission rates, readmission rates and evaluation of health services, as well as supervising health researchers and statistical and programming staff. The world-renowned mathematical physicist and biostatistician won the 2012 Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Medal.  

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Last reviewed: 15 September, 2014