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.

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.

The AHSRI team (including staff members of the Institute's other centres) in 2019 are:

Australian Health Services Research Institute

Centre for Health Service Development

Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre

Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration

Electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration

Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population

Centre for Applied Statistics in Health


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Kathy Eagar, Senior Professor and Director of 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) and Deputy Director of AHSRI (email)

Rob is Deputy Director of AHSRI and Director of CHSD. His position 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 CHSD and directly manages many of its projects.

Darcy Morris, Business Manager (email)

Darcy is the Institute's full time Business Manager. Darcy is responsible for managing the Institute’s finances and negotiating all Institute contracts.

Elizabeth Cuthbert, Business Manager (currently on leave) (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.

Dave Webster, AHSRI Information Technology Manager (email)

Dave Webster is AHSRI's Information Technology Manager. 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 has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Research and Development. He enjoys creating solutions and being involved in research which has real value to the community. 

Branden Maynes, AHSRI Analyst Programmer (email)

Branden joined AHSRI as Analyst Programmer and software developer in April 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and has since gained experience in mobile, desktop, and web development across multiple industries and sectors. His primary role will be development and support of the ePPOC software program epiCentre and he will also assist in the continuing development of AOS.

Julie de Clouet, AHSRI Office Manager (email)

Julie joined AHSRI in 2007 as the AROC FIM Manager, also giving administrative support to the AROC team. Julie has since taken up the position of Office Manager for AHSRI.

Danni Masso, AHSRI Sydney Office Manager (email)

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

Katlyn Stone, AHSRI Receptionist (EMAIL)

Katlyn joined AHSRI in 2019 and provides PA duties to Professor Kathy Eagar, as well as reception, administrative and project support to the staff at AHSRI.

John Glynn, Professor  (email)

Professor John Glynn is the former Dean of the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong. 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 taught 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.

Grace McCarthy, Associate Professor (email)

Associate Professor Grace McCarthy is the Dean of the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong, as well as the Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business. Grace also holds the position of Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong, promoting excellence in learning and teaching across the Faculty and the University. Grace also supervises a number of doctoral students. 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", was published by Sage in March 2014. 

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.

Lorna Moxham, Professor (Mental Health Nursing) (email)

Dr 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.

Heather Yeatman, Professor (Public and Population Health) (email)

Professor Heather Yeatman is the Head of the School of Health and Society (University of Wollongong) 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 was also President of the Public Health Association of Australia from 2012-2014 and recipient of the Sidney Sax Award for public health in 2016.

Liz Halcomb, Professor (Primary Health Care Nursing) (email)

An international award-winning nurse academic, Liz has a strong interest in Primary Health Care nursing. In particular, her PHC research expertise relates to the nursing workforce in primary care, chronic and complex disease and lifestyle risk factor reduction. Additionally, Liz has undertaken research around the nursing academic workforce and teaching and learning in nursing. Liz has extensive experience in mixed methods research, as well as having led several systematic reviews.In 2018, Liz was inducted in to the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in recognition of the significant and sustained national / international recognition of her work and its positive impact on the profession and the community. At the University of Wollongong, Liz plays a leadership role developing PHC nursing research, as well as engaging multidisciplinary academics within Primary Health Care to address the growing challenges in providing health care within the community.

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, University of Wollongong, 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 (University of Wollongong) research centres - the Centre for Strategic Supply Solutions.

Melanie Randle, Associate Professor  (EMAIL)

Dr Melanie Randle 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.  Melanie was recently appointed to the role of Chair of the Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee.  

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.

Michael Jones, Lecturer (EMAIL)

With a background as an Electronics Engineer, Dr Michael Jones 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. 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

Marijka Batterham, Associate Professor (EMAIL)

Associate Professor Marijka Batterham is Director of the Statistical Consulting Centre which provides statistical advice to staff and postgraduate students. Prior to an academic career Marijka was a clinical Dietitian specialising in the management of metabolic abnormalities in HIV/AIDS. After completing a post doctoral position in energy expenditure at the University of Wollongong Marijka remained at UOW initially in Nutrition and now in Statistics. Marijka holds dual professional qualifications from the Dietitian’s Association of Australia as an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and the Statistical Society of Australia as an Accredited Statistician. Marijka is early adopter of new statistical methods for clinical interventions in weight management including the areas of energy expenditure and physical activity research. Her research focus incorporates energy expenditure and body composition methodology and more recently the use of biostatistics to update and improve the statistical methodology and analysis of broad lifestyle related nutrition based clinical research aimed at weight management. A major issue in these trials is attrition or drop out and researching predictors of attrition and methods to analyse trials with missing data is Marijka's current research priority.

Silvia Mendolia, Senior Lecturer (EMAIL)

Dr Mendolia 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.

Tam Ha, Senior Lecturer (EMAIL)

Dr Tam Ha is keenly involved in doing research that has an impact and can be translated to improve the health outcomes of the population. Two areas of particular research interest for Tam are: (1) Epidemiology of cancer (2) Innovative educational research to inspire the next generation to learn creatively, imaginatively and be much more competent that the current generation.

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.

Joanna Russell, Associate Lecturer (EMAIL)

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

Tom Cleary  (EMAIL)
Associate Professor Samantha Thomas, Public Health (EMAIL)

Samantha is a public health sociologist and qualitative expert at Deakin Health Economics. She specialises in understanding the impact of industry tactics on health behaviours. Samantha has worked in a number of areas of health, including mental health, and obesity, but is most well known for her research into the commercial determinants of gambling harm, and public health advocacy responses to these. Prior to joining Deakin, Samantha worked at the World Health Organisation (Geneva), King's College London, Monash University, and the University of Wollongong.

Suanne Lawrence, Lecturer in Nursing (EMAIL)
Elizabeth Beattie, Professor (Aged and Dementia Care) (EMAIL)

Professor Elizabeth Beattie has extensive clinical nursing, curriculum development, teaching and research experience in psychiatry and gerontology and has worked with people with dementia and their caregivers for over 25 years. She is currently an Honorary Fellow at AHSRI.

Cecile Paris, Lecturer (EMAIL)
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.

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.

Ngiare Brown, Menzies School of Health Research

Professor Ngiare Brown is a Yuin nation woman from the south coast of NSW. She is a senior Aboriginal medical practitioner with qualifications in medicine, public health and primary care, and has studied bioethics, medical law and human rights. She also has an academic appointment at the University of Wollongong as Professor of Indigenous Health and Education.

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).

Christopher Poulos, HammondCare (EMAIL)

Associate Professor Chris Poulos is a senior rehabilitation physician and the Foundation Hammond Chair of Positive Ageing and Care with the University of NSW. Dr Poulos 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 AHSRI. 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.

Dominic Dawson, (EMAIL)

Dr Dominic Dawson has extensive experience in the health sector having worked as a clinician, educator and a manager. He worked for many years as a physiotherapist in India, the UK and here in Australia in a variety of clinical specialties before developing an interest in Education and Management. Over the last 11 years he has held various senior management positions and has been instrumental in contributing to health reform implementation and clinical services improvement. Dominic is currently the Associate Director, Business Intelligence and Efficiency at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. A key part of his role is providing leadership and direction in facilitating the implementation of Activity Based Funding at the LHD. 

Grahame Simpson, Fellow (EMAIL)

Dr Grahame Simpson currently works at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Group, Ingham Institute. Grahame does research in the field of traumatic brain injury.

Freidoon Khavarpour, Fellow (EMAIL)

Dr Freidoon Khavarpour has extensive teaching and research experience, in particular educating Aboriginal health workers. He specialises in developing curricula in research for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and distance delivered postgraduate course works in Indigenous Health. He has been involved in numerous government consultancies in NSW, such as the Department of Migration and Indigenous Affairs and community groups such as the Transcultural Mental Health Centre. He will be involved in various research projects with migrant communities, especially Iranian and Persian communities in NSW.

Shahriar Akter, Associate Professor (EMAIL)

Dr Sharriar Akter is and Associate Professor of Digital Marketing, Analytis & Innovation at the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong.  He was awarded his PhD from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Business School Australia, with a doctoral fellowship in research methods from the University of Oxford. He has published in leading business and management journals with a Google Scholar h-Index of 21 and more than 2500 citations sice 2014.  He was also the Guest Editor of the Journal of Organizational and End User Computing, International Journal of Operations and Production Managment, Electronic Markets for their special issues on big data and social media analytics during 2014-17.  He received the UOW Vice Chancellor's award for teaching, nomination for excellent research supervision and several prestigious awards for research.  He has won various internal and external grants including an over $100K grant in 2017 for big data projects and $153K grant from the Australian government in 2018 for innovation related projects.  He was awarded "Paper of the Year" in 2018 by Electronic Markets Journal for his research on big data analytics.  Dr Akter's research on big data analytics and digital economy have been featured in various media outlets in Australia including ABC and the Mercury.

Heike Schütze, Lecturer and Research Fellow (EMAIL)

Dr Heike Schütze is a lecturer at the School of Health and Society and undertakes her research as a member of AHSRI. Heike’s work has a focus on developing, implementing and evaluating complex interventions in the health care setting. She has a particular interest in improving health outcomes for marginalised and minority populations by improving health care access and reducing inequities. Heike has experience in randomised controlled trials in primary care; equity focused health impact assessments; and developing, implementing and evaluating health care interventions.

Mario Fernando, Associate Professor  (EMAIL)

Dr Mario Fernando is an Associate Professor in the School of Management, Operations and Marketing, University of Wollongong. His research interests are centred on exploring how responsible executive action leads to positive individual, organisational and societal outcomes. Currently, Mario is conducting research in leadership, business ethics and human resource management areas. He has published two books and numerous academic journal articles in high-impact journals. He serves on three journal editorial boards.

Martin Gold (EMAIL)

Martin Gold is a senior lecturer. He joined academia following a lengthy career in the funds management industry. His research encompasses multi-disciplinary themes of investment governance, risk management and innovation. Martin engages with and maintains strong relationships with industry firms and stakeholders, including regulators.Within ASHRI, Martin’s research interests are focused upon applying scientific methodologies and principles to the design and management of complex organisational systems to provide improved practical outcomes. 

Karen Zwi (EMAIL)

Associate Professor Karen Zwi is Consultant Community Paediatrician and Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. She has been centrally involved in service development for refugee children in NSW. She previously represented the Royal College of Physicians on an independent federal advisory group addressing the health of refugee children, children in detention and asylum seekers. As a practicing Community Paediatrician, she aims to improve children’s health, wellbeing and development, with a focus on equity and highly vulnerable children. In 2014, she was appointed as a Paediatric Adviser to the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention. 


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Centre for Health Service Development

Robert Gordon, Associate Professor (Health Services Research) and Director of CHSD (email)

Rob is Deputy Director of AHSRI and Director of CHSD. His position 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 CHSD and directly manages many of its projects.

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, Senior 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.

Helen Hasan, Professor (email)

Professor Helen Hasan has expertise in Information systems (IS), Knowledge Management and Human Computer Interaction. Helen manages a Usability Laboratory (ATUL) and the Social Innovation Network who’s ‘Grey’ and ‘Green’ Themes dominate her current interests. One of her ‘grey’ projects investigates the use of IS by the elderly for their social well-being. Her ‘green’ theme takes a holistic approach to IS support for sustainable development. Helen has led several government-funded, cross-institutional research projects and conducts industry-based consulting. She leads local, national and international special interest groups on Green IS. In 2012, Helen received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Student Supervisor of the year.

Kate Senior, Associate Professor (Medical Anthropology) (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.

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 over ten years working on a range of evaluation projects, including three national palliative care programs.

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

Cristina joined the Australian Health Services Research Institute in July 2008. Prior to this she worked for over 25 years in the health system as a clinician and senior manager, in both rural and metropolitan health settings. As a Senior Research Fellow, Cristina works within the Centre for Health Service Development and supports team based research projects in health and social policy, strategic health service development and planning. Cristina has worked on several large-scale evaluation projects and costing studies, with various State and Territory Health Departments. At a national level she has worked with a wide range of Australian Government Departments, agencies and non-government organisations in diverse areas including cancer services; rural and regional community based medical education; costs of transplant services; dementia services and most recently in health workforce reform. Cristina is experienced in mixed methods and qualitative research and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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

Since joining AHSRI on a part-time basis in 2004, Dr Kate Williams has been involved in a variety of projects, including literature reviews, health program evaluations, the design and pilot testing of tools for priority setting and a catalogue of evidence-based strategies for the Best Start early intervention program. She is a professional writer with a degree in journalism. Her skills include research/evaluation design, measurement and tool design, data collection, data analysis (quantitative and qualitative) and knowledge transfer. Kate has a particular interest in projects concerning the health and well-being of children and adolescents. She graduated with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wollongong in 2015.

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. 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 holds a full-time position at the AHSRI. 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 Institute. He is involved in a variety of CHSD projects including palliative care, dementia and aged care service delivery. Dave has tertiary qualifications in Communication and Cultural Studies, Politics and Public Health. He is currently the President of Healthy Cities Illawarra and has a keen research interest in men’s mental health.

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.

Lyn Phillipson, NHMRC Dementia Fellow (Email)

Dr Lyn Phillipson is an award-winning public health academic with expertise in the use of social marketing to promote health in the diverse areas of: dementia risk reduction, dementia help-seeking and service utilisation, cancer help-seeking in CALD communities, organ donation, cold and flu risk reduction behaviours, and the promotion of physical activity in children. Read more.

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

Anita joined AHSRI in 2005 and has extensive experience working in the health, aged and community care sectors in direct service delivery, policy development, research and governance roles. A former longstanding member of the Board of UnitingCare Ageing NSW.ACT, she currently is co-convenor of the Illawarra Chapter of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) which aims to foster cross-disciplinary approaches to improved care, research and support for people with dementia and those receiving aged care.

Carol Loggie, Research Fellow (Health Services Research) (email)

Carol has a health information management background, working most previously in casemix classification development on the AR-DRG Classification, and on the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS Classification. Prior to that her experience was in health information across both the public and private health sectors. Carol previously worked at the NCCC as a classification developer, during which time she obtained a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Research and Development, and returned in 2017 as a Casemix Analyst. She is currently a Research Fellow at CHSD.

Marlene Longbottom, Research Assistant (Indigenous Health) (Email)

Marlene supports Professor Kathleen Clapham on research projects in Indigenous health and wellbeing.

Karen File, Research Fellow (Indigenous Health) (Email)

Dr Karen File is a researcher in Aboriginal health with the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI). She holds a Masters in International Social Development and a PhD in public health (2017). Karen’s PhD examined the socio-cultural determinants of health communication in urban and rural Vanuatu. She has a range of quantitative and qualitative research skills including social network analysis, interviewing, focus groups, survey design and program evaluation. Karen’s interests include: socio-cultural determinants of health, the health and wellbeing of First Nation People and marginalized populations, and medical anthropology. Prior to her PhD, Karen worked on international consultancies on program design and evaluation in maternal and child health in Vanuatu. This involved extensive in-country time in Vanuatu (2006 to 2017). Karen is currently working with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in the Shoalhaven area on data capture and reporting.

Louisa Smith, Research Fellow (email)

Dr Louisa Smith is a Research Fellow at AHSRI. Louisa’s research interests centre on the relationship between experiences of disability across the life course, complexity, social policy and social change. Her research works across the disciplines of sociology, disability studies and policy studies. Prior to arriving at AHSRI in 2018, Louisa worked at UNSW, Sydney as a Lecturer and Education and Training Lead at the Intellectual Disability Behaviour Support Program. In 2015 Louisa (and other chief investigators from UNSW, La Trobe, Monash and QUT) was awarded an ARC Linkage, Lost in Transition: Improving the lives of young people with complex support needs. Louisa’s innovative inclusive teaching has been recognised with a citation from the Australian Association of University Teaching (2017) and a UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching and Education (2016). Louisa approaches all research and teaching as means of fostering social inclusion and belonging, through co-production, arts based methods and knowledge translation at all stages of the process.

Pam Grootemaat, Associate Research 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. 

Kara Cappetta, Project Officer (Email) 
Danika Hall, Project Manager (Email)

Dr Danika Hall has a PhD in Public Health, a Masters of Adult Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. For the past ten years, Danika has worked in teaching and research positions at the University of Wollongong in the fields of health promotion and social marketing. She previously worked in marketing communication roles for health services, local government, education and small business.

Keryn Johnson, Project Officer (Email)

Keryn has a PhD and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Wollongong, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney. Keryn has had 20 years of clinical work experience in hospital-based physiotherapy, and therefore has a strong medical and public health background. She is a project manager for the ReThink Respite project, and as well as continuing to work clinically as a physiotherapist in Aged Care.

Darcelle Wu, Research Assistant (Indigenous Health) (Email)

Darcelle supports Professor Kathleen Clapham on research projects in Indigenous health and wellbeing.

Elizabeth Dale, Research Assistant (Indigenous Health) (Email)

Liz is a descendant from the Worimi Nation currently enrolled in a clinical masters in psychology and PhD at the University of Wollongong. Liz has over 12 years of experience working in non-government and clinical settings. This includes in youth and adult homelessness, couples and families counselling, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, eating disorders and intergenerational trauma.

Layne Brown, Research Assistant (Indigenous Health) (Email)

Layne commenced work as the Indigenous Project Coordinator ASHRI in June 2018. His core duties are researching Indigenous community organisations (ACCHOs). He has 10 years’ experience in service delivery in the community sector. Since deferring studies in 2008 (BA Indigenous Studies/Sociology) Layne has worked at as an Aboriginal Youth Worker at Dapto Koonawarra Youth Connect, Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer at NSW Police Force and Centre Manager at Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience. He is particularly interested in Aboriginal affairs and community development and has been involved in service development, delivery, grant writing, youth mentoring/support, frontline advocacy and mediation. In his personal time Layne likes to get involved in NGOs that align with his core values of helping others and Indigenous affairs. Layne is looking toward finishing his undergraduate degree and pursuing long term goals in academia and research.

Karen Larsen-Truong, Research Assistant (email)

Karen provides research support to Dr Lyn Phillipson. She has a Masters of Public Health and 15 years experience supporting research projects in various fields including primary health care, disadvantaged communities, homelessness, multicultural health, aged care and dementia.

Joanna Mason, Research Assistant (email)

Joanna joined AHSRI in 2016 as joint project manager on Prof Clapham’s ARC funded research project ‘Re-Focussing Qualitative Research’. Having worked previously as author and research analyst on the Productivity Commission’s ‘Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report’, she has a particular interest in applied anthropology and Australian Indigenous policy and reporting. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Indigenous policy) from the Australian National University. In addition to her role at AHSRI, she is currently undertaking doctoral research into Indigenous community wellbeing indicators and government reporting mechanisms with the Centre for Health Initiatives, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Cheryl Blissett, Administration Officer (email)

Cheryl joined the CHSD in 2006 as an Administration Officer and provides administrative and project support to the various research projects undertaken by the CHSD. Cheryl has also been involved with a number of the AHSRI Outcomes Centres during that time, including the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC), the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) and the electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration (ePPOC). In addition to project support, Cheryl also provides administrative support to the AHSRI Office Manager and to the Institute overall.

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Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre

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

Frances is the AROC Director and commenced work in January 2006. Frances has extensive health sector experience at a senior level in both the public and private sectors, holding senior executive roles, all of which involved management of national projects or functions. As the AROC Director, Frances has the key responsibility for managing AROC on a day to day basis.

Tara Alexander, Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (Email)

Tara is a full-time member of AHSRI, joining in 2002 after working at the Australian Insitute of health and Welfare. As the AROC Data Manager she is responsible for data management, benchmarking and reporting components of AROC. Tara brings extensive statistical and database management skills to AHSRI. She is mostly involved in AROC projects and some CHSD projects, ranging from rehabilitation specific patient experience surveys, to community health and community care surveys, to building databases to assist various evaluation projects. Tara has experience in data linkage of de-identified data sets and has provided the statistical work for building a number of priority rating tools for the community care side of the Institute's work.

Jacquelin Capell, Research Fellow (AROC) (email)

Jacquelin joined the AHSRI team in 2011. She has extensive experience in physiotherapy, adult education and research. Jacquelin holds a Masters by Research and obtained a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Research and Development in 2012. Jacquelin has a particular focus on expanding participation in AROC's ambulatory data collection.

Alyce White, Research Fellow (AROC) (email)

Alyce joined the AROC team in 2018 as a research fellow. She has a social work background and worked in clinical social work practice for 7 years. Her experience includes working in government and non-government organisations, however, the majority was spent working with NSW Health in both the hospital and community setting.

Nicole Rankin, Research Fellow (AROC) (email)

Nicole has a health information management background, previously working in classification development on ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and involved in the development of an International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI). Nicole has a range of experience in different areas of the health system particularly in data analyses, casemix and costing/performance reporting. Nicole previously worked at NCCC as a classification developer and returned in 2017 as a research fellow. She is currently a Research Fellow at AROC.

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.

Donna Byham, FIM Manager & Administrative Support (AROC) (email)

Donna joined AHSRI in August 2016. She has a background as a Registered Nurse and private business Practice Management. She has also spent over 10 years in South East Asia developing projects. Her roles with AROC are as FIM Manager and providing administrative support.

Rebecca Lachlan, FIM Administrative Support (email)

Rebecca joined AHSRI in February 2017. She provides administrative support to the AROC team. Rebecca volunteers as a StrokeSafe Ambassador and sits on the Consumer Council for the Stroke Foundation and advocates for the Unanderra community about the access at Unanderra Train Station.

Rhodri Lewis, FIM Administrative Support (email)

Rhodri joined AHSRI in January 2019. He provides administrative support to the AROC team and has a background in Operations and Performance Management.

Daniel Thompson, Data Analyst (email)

Daniel joined AROC in 2018 and is involved in managing and reporting on AROC data. He has a background in both Medical Science and Mathematics, graduating a Bachelor of Medical Mathematics (Honours) from UOW in 2017.

Lewis Green, Data Analyst (email)

Lewis joined AHSRI in 2010 and works part time as a data analyst / administrative assistant. Lewis’ main roles are with AROC assisting with data management and the design and generation of AROC Reports.

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Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration

Barb Daveson, PCOC Manager (email)

Barbara Daveson commenced her role as PCOC Manager in 2019. Barb came to us from Cancer Australia where she has been managing their national lung cancer program as well as initiatives to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Prior to that, Barb worked at the Cicely Saunders Institute in London as a lecturer in health services research in palliative care.

Sabina Clapham, Research Fellow (PCOC Quality and 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 Improvement Facilitator (VIC, TAS) (Email)

Jane has a 26 year history in palliative care and Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care. Jane's history encompasses clinical inpatient nursing, Nurse Unit management and Senior Service level management. Jane joined CHSD in 2011 as a PCOC Quality Improvement Facilitator.

Gaye Bishop, PCOC Improvement Facilitator (NSW, ACT) (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.

Tanya Pidgeon, PCOC Improvement Facilitator (WA, SA, NT) (email) 

Tanya has 20 years’ experience in health, including clinical practice (clinical and management, in inpatient, community and telehealth settings), health research and quality improvement. She is a Registered Nurse and recently completed the Master of Public Health at the University of Western Australia. In addition to a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Tanya has a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Bachelor of Creative Industries (graphic design). Tanya joined PCOC in 2010 as a Quality Improvement Facilitator (QIF) for Western Australia, based at the Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit, UWA. More recently she has become the QIF for the Northern Territory. Tanya works as part of the PCOC team which includes providing support and education for other states and projects with the PCOC national team. Prior to joining PCOC Tanya was employed at the WA Centre for Ageing, UWA, as a Research Officer, and the WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care as a Research Assistant on the Liverpool Care Pathway evaluation project. Tanya has been and continues to be involved in a number of palliative care research projects, and has co-authored several journal publications.

Clare Christiansen, PCOC Improvement Facilitator (QLD) (email) 


Anna McPherson, PCOC Improvement Facilitator (QLD) (email)

Anna has qualifications in biomedical science and public health. She has worked previously in research and program management with a focus on health system development in developing contexts, including research for the Asia Pacific Observatory for Health Systems and Policies and the Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub.  This work has focused on the evaluation of health systems and the strengthening of information systems to enable the effective collection and use of data to inform policy and practice. Anna has research interests in areas including:  policy development, infectious disease, sexual and reproductive health, disability and rehabilitation. She has also worked as a monitor of clinical pharmaceutical trials and in health promotion.

Sam Burns, Data Analyst (email)

Sam joined the PCOC team in the role of Data Analyst in January 2018. This follows graduation from a Medical and Health Sciences Degree at the end of 2017.

Linda Foskett, Administrative Officer (PCOC) (email)

Linda joined AHSRI in March 2009 and has a background in aged and community care program management in both the Commonwealth Government and community sectors. Linda provides administrative and project support to PCOC.

Lucie Thompson, PCOC Admin Support (email)

Lucie joined AHSRI in 2016 and provides administrative support to the PCOC team. In addition, Lucie contributes to PCOC’s communication initiatives, including website development and coordinating social media.

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Electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration

Hilarie Tardif, Director (ePPOC) (email)

Hilarie is the Director of ePPOC, the electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration. Prior to joining AHSRI, she worked in a variety of not-for-profit and government roles that focused on using administrative datasets for research and outcome measurement. Hilarie has qualifications in psychology, biochemistry and a PhD in psychophysiology.

Meredith Bryce, ePPOC Quality Improvement Facilitator (email)

Meredith works as the EPPOC Program Implementation Coordinator for NSW. Meredith is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience as a Community Health clinician and Manager, and as a Quality Improvement Facilitator. Meredith has post graduate qualifications in Health Service Management (Quality). 

Janelle White, ePPOC Quality Improvement Facilitator (email)

Janelle works as the ePPOC Program Implementation Coordinator for New Zealand. Janelle is a Registered Nurse and Intensive/Extended Care Paramedic with extensive experience in healthcare in community settings, particularly in chronic, complex and integrated care. Janelle has qualifications in education, nursing, paramedicine and leadership.

Megan Blanchard, Statistician (email)

Megan Blanchard joined AHSRI in 2010 and provides statistical support to ePPOC.

Branden Maynes, ePPOC Programmer (email)

Branden joined AHSRI as Analyst Programmer and software developer in April 2018. He received his bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and has since gained experience in mobile, desktop, and web development across multiple industries and sectors. His primary role will be development and support of the ePPOC software program epiCentre and he will also assist in the continuing development of AOS.

Dave Webster, IT Coordinator (email)

Dave Webster is a Senior Research Fellow at AHSRI. He coordinates IT systems supporting ePPOC.

Julie Blacklock, ePPOC Administration Officer (email)

Julie is the Administration Officer for the electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration (ePPOC). Julie joined AHSRI in 2017 and prior to that worked in a variety of government roles.


Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population

Judy Mullan, Associate Professor (CHRISP Director) (email)

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 AHSRI appointment, Judy was the University of Wollongong (UOW) Academic Leader: Research and Critical Appraisal for the Graduate School of Medicine.

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. In 2016, Judy and her team were awarded an Australian Office of Learning and Teaching citation award for “Embedding reflective research and critical analysis theory and practice into an integrated medical curriculum”.

Victoria Westley-Wise, Clinical Epidemiologist (email)

Dr Victoria Westley-Wise is a Clinical Epidemiologist working at the Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population. 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 has worked in the Information Technology field for the past 22 years. A Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology was achieved at the University of Wollongong in 1996. Brendan worked for various multinational corporations before moving into health. The past 12 years have been with the Illawarra Health District and most recent role was as the 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 is now working as the Data Integration Coordinator within CHRISP.

Luise Lago, Senior Statistician (email)

Dr Luise Lago is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Health Services Research Institute, UoW. She is also working with researchers from ISLHD and UOW at the Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population. Luise has more than 15 years research experience in government and academia, including the areas of classifications development, hospital funding, longitudinal data analysis, biostatistics and epidemiology. She was previously a survey methodologist at the Australian Bureau of Statistics where she worked in the areas of sample design, estimation and data confidentiality. Her PhD was on the use of mixed models for imputation of missing data in household surveys.

Kelly Lambert, Research Fellow (email)

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.

Bianca Suesse, Research Fellow (email)

Bianca joined AHSRI in 2019 as a Research Fellow for CHRISP. She supports research and evaluation projects in mental health and maternal and child health care. Bianca has obtained a Masters and PhD in Nutritional Science in Germany and New Zealand. She has also completed a health economics related Master of Health Services – Research at the University of Wollongong. Her research interests and experience are in health services research and gastrointestinal and neurodegenerative disease as well as nutritional genomics research.

Stephen Moules, Research Assistant (email)

Stephen joined AHSRI in 2018 as a Research Assistant for CHRISP.

Yulan Shen, Research Assistant (email)

Yulan joined AHSRI in 2018 as a Research Assistant for CHRISP.

Anastasia Korlimbinis, CHRISP Administrative Officer (email)

Anastasia joined AHSRI in 2019 as the Administrative Officer for CHRISP.


Centre for Applied Statistics in Health

Janette Green, Associate Professor (Applied Statistics) (email)

Janette’s full-time position provides expert statistical skills on projects, primarily in classification development, benchmarking and outcome measurement. She has applied her statistical skills to a wide range of areas in the health sector, including rehabilitation, mental health and palliative care. In addition, she teaches locally and internationally and presents at workshops for health professionals on the use and interpretation of statistics. Since 2011 she has been an elected representative of the Asia-Oceania region on the Executive Committee of Patient Classification Systems International (PCSI). Janette is also the key contact for all inquiries related to the National Casemix and Classification Centre.

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

Sonia joined the AHSRI in 2007 after working at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Sonia supports research projects requiring data management and statistical analysis and is primarily involved in the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration. She has extensive experience and skills in managing large complex datasets, SAS programming, reporting and evaluation. Sonia has tertiary qualifications in Mathematics and Applied Statistics. She also has a Masters by Research and recently obtained a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Research and Development.

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

Megan Blanchard is a Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) who joined AHSRI in 2010 after working at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Since joining AHSRI, Megan has been part of the core team working on the development of classifications such as the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Group (AR-DRG) classification v7.0 and Australian National Subacute and Non-Acute Patient (AN-SNAP) classification v4.0. Megan also has experience in health outcome measurement – she is the statistician for the electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Collaboration (ePPOC) and has been involved with the design and implementation of the dataset, the data collection methodology and reports for participating facilities.

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

Sam Allingham is a Research Fellow in applied statistics at the Australian Health Services Research Institute. He received his BMath (Hons) from the University of Wollongong. Sam worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics before he joined AHSRI in 2009. He is responsible for the statistical, data management and benchmarking and reporting components of the national Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC). In addition to PCOC, Sam also works on other AHSRI projects - most recently on the development of version 7.0 of the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRG) classification.

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

Dr Conrad Kobel primarily contributes to the ongoing research and development of casemix systems in Australia, feeding into the national activity based funding program. Furthermore, he has provided statistical and technical expertise in a number of projects investigating and improving costing methodologies, funding model design and strategic management of health services.

Before joining AHSRI in 2013 he worked as a research fellow at Innsbruck Medical University in Innsbruck, Austria for almost five years. There, he was a key researcher in the EuroDRG project, which compared multiple aspects of several European Diagnosis-Related Group systems. Within the project, Conrad 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.

With his international experience, he strengthens and broadens the capacity of the quantitative analysis team at AHSRI. Conrad has international collaborations with Canada and Europe and is a faculty member of an annual short course that provides comprehensive skills on the design, implementation and evaluation of casemix-based funding models run by the Patient Casemix Systems International (PCSI).

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, Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (email)

Milena joined the AHSRI team as a Research Fellow in 2012. She has postgraduate qualifications in Statistics and Health Services Research and Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences (Honours I). In addition to her experience in the health services sector, Milena has over ten years of industry experience in the higher education and telecommunications sectors, with a focus on data management, modelling and 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 Connolly, Associate Research Fellow (Applied Statistics) (Email)

Alanna 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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Last reviewed: 10 April, 2019


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