Judy Mullan, Associate Professor, Director Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population(CHRISP) (email)

Judy MullanAssociate Professor Judy Mullan is the Director of the Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population (CHRISP) and the Deputy Director of the Illawarra & Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN) She is an experienced academic, researcher and clinician with over 35 years’ experience as a registered pharmacist. Prior to her current appointment, Judy was the Academic Leader: Research and Critical Analysis for the UOW Graduate Medicine program, which has received two national learning and teaching awards (2015 & 2016).

Since joining the UOW, in collaboration with her national/international colleagues she has been successful in securing over $2.75 million of research funding, has published three book chapters, contributed to over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and delivered over 75 national/international conference presentations. Her research areas of interest include: health literacy, the quality use of medicines for people with chronic conditions, patient medication education and counselling; and medical education. 

Dr Victoria Westley-Wise, Clinical Epidemiologist (email) Victoria Westley-Wise

Victoria Westley-Wise is a Clinical Epidemiologist working for CHRISP.  

As a member of the CHRISP team she works closely with Illawarra clinicians, statisticians and other researchers to design and implement research using IHIP data and infrastructure.

Victoria has 30 years’ experience in the health system, including 25 years in public/ population health, service planning and evaluation, and epidemiology roles. She has undertaken epidemiological evaluations and research in a range of areas, using both descriptive and analytic study designs. 

Brendan McAlister, Data Integration Coordinator (email) Brendan McAlister

Brendan has worked in the Information Technology field for the past 22 years. After completing his Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology degree at the University of Wollongong in 1996, Brendan worked for various multinational corporations before moving into health in 2003.

Over the past 12 years Brendan has been with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District, where his most recent role has been that of Senior Enterprise Report Developer with the Information Management Unit. The Information Management Unit specialises in Business Intelligence, extracting and transforming health data into meaningful reports and dashboards.

Brendan's role for CHRISP is the Data Integration Coordinator.

Margaret Jordan, Research Assistant (email) Margaret Jordan

Margaret is a senior pharmacist working for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD). Her interest in research grew from examining everyday clinical practice on the wards. Many of her research questions have arisen from questioning current practice, while looking for ways to improve patient care through research. Margaret has a background in medical, pharmacy and nursing education and is currently working with the CHRISP team one day a week as a Research Assistant.




Dr Luise Lago, Senior Statistician (email) Luise Lago

Dr Luise Lago is a Senior Research Fellow working for CHRISP and a Biostatistician at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW.

In addition to her CHRISP role, she is currently working on an NHMRC grant with researchers at UNSW and Harvard Medical School researching the epidemiology of alcohol and illicit drug use disorders in Australia and internationally.

Luise has research experience in the areas of classifications development and hospital funding. She was a survey methodologist at the Australian Bureau of Statistics where she worked in the areas of sample design, estimation and data confidentiality. 

Dave Webster, Senior Research Fellow (email)David Webster

Dave Webster is the IT Manager at AHSRI.

He works closely with the AHSRI IT team, statisticians and other researchers to manage and develop a range of applications which support the research undertaken by AHSRI and CHRISP.

Dave has had a long relationship with University of Wollongong, having studied a Bachelor of Computer Science here, and more recently completing a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Research.

Kelly Lambert, Research Assistant (email)

Kelly Lambert

Kelly is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and has worked in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) for 20 years. For the past 12 years, Kelly has worked as the Renal Clinical Lead Dietitian for ISLHD.

Kelly is currently completing her PhD investigating the impact of cognitive impairment and low health literacy on dietary self-management in patients with end stage kidney disease. Kelly has extensive experience as a clinician and in leading and coordinating clinical research. Her current research interests include: health literacy, patient education, renal disease, cognitive impairment, the gut microbiome, and health economics.

Kelly is currently working with the CHRISP team as a Research Assistant.

Niki Cirillo, Professional staff / Research support (email)

Niki Cirillo

After joining AHSRI in September 2013, Niki spent three years as the Functional Independence Measurement (FIM) Manager for Australia and New Zealand within the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcome Centre (AROC).  

Niki joined the CHRISP team in late 2016, and her current role includes professional duties, web design and information management, communication consultation planning and research assistant duties.


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Last reviewed: 17 July, 2017