Braden is a lecturer and Health Economist based in Health Systems section of the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. His interest includes access, quality and efficiency of health care services. Braden has a strong interests in evaluating the cost effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing health disparities for vulnerable populations. He has published research on economic evaluations including a cost of illness study for traumatic brain injury, cost effectiveness evaluation of new drugs and technologies (e.g., genetic testing for patients with acute coronary syndrome, tiotropium treatment for bronchiectasis patients) and cost effectiveness of existing health services (e.g., hospital based services for stroke).
BA(Hons) (Leeds), MSc Health Economics (York), PhD (Brunel University)
Jon’s broad research interest is around the use of economic evaluation to inform decisions across the health system, i.e. not just for the funding of new pharmaceuticals and medical services.
College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University (March 2019-current)
School of Public Health, University of Adelaide (September 2007- March 2019)
Health Economics and Decision Analysis section, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield (2002-2007)
Health and Safety Laboratory, Sheffield (2001-2002)
Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University (1995-2001)
BA (Cornell), MSc (LSE), PhD(Auckland)
Dr Laura Wilkinson-Meyers is the Vice President of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ). She has been a member of the Association since 2007 when she joined as a PhD student and contributed to the development of the Early Career Researcher activities of the Association.
Originally from the United States, Dr Wilkinson-Meyers is the Academic Director of the School of Population Health and a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research with over 15 years experience in the field. Laura earned a Master of Health Policy, Planning and Financing (HPPF) from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and received her PhD in Community Health from the University of Auckland. Her PhD thesis estimated the additional costs of disability for disabled people and their families and whānau in New Zealand and formed the foundation of a new programme of disability-related health services research in the School of Population Health. Recent work has investigated the primary care experiences of people with lived experience of disability in New Zealand (Access & Quality in Primary Care), the barriers and enablers to health and social support experienced by disabled Pacific children, youth and their families (Talanga Project), the long term recovery experiences of people with a traumatic brain injury (The TBI Experiences Study), and the development of a toolkit for people with neurological conditions to support better access to care (The Living Well Toolkit).
Dr Wilkinson-Meyers is an award-winning teacher who leads courses on health systems and health services organisation, funding and analysis as part of the Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Public Health and Master of Health Leadership programmes in the School of Population Health. She regularly supervises honours, masters and PhD students interested in HSR projects related to understanding and improving the equity, accessibility, quality and efficiency of health and social services with a particular focus on marginalised or underserved groups.
PhD, (Birmingham), M.Sc (Birmingham), B.Sc (Birmingham)
Professor Suzanne Robinson is discipline leader for Health, Policy and Management at the School of Public Health within the Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University.
Suzanne was previously based at the University of Birmingham in the UK and joined Curtin University in 2012. Suzanne is an experienced health services researcher who has a background in health economics and health care policy management. She has designed, delivered and evaluated a range of management and leadership programmes for health care managers and clinicians, and has been involved in personal and organisation development activities for a number of public and private sector health care organisations. Suzanne is also co-editor of the Journal of Health Organisation and Management (JHOM).
BA, (Sussex), MSC(Southbank)
Sarah has a career spanning leadership and senior executive positions across not for profit, local government, healthcare and higher education in Australia and the United Kingdom. Sarah has advised heads of government, local government and universities and provided stewardship for industry, local government and health associations.
Sarah’s strengths lie in managing change during large scale internal and external restructuring and reorganisation. Sarah provides a visionary, practical and collaborative approach to achieving outcomes. Sarah has managed large-scale complex projects at a national, state and organisational level and is talented at ensuring commitment from partner organisations. She has strong financial acumen, having successfully managed large budgets in various sectors.
Sarah has experience of working with researchers and using her research knowledge to advocate for evidence-based policy to address community and health sector needs and effective, safe, equitable and efficient health care.
Sarah has strong event management, marketing and IT skills.
Katherine Harding is a Principal Research Fellow with the Allied Health Clinical Research Office at Eastern Health, a joint initiative between Eastern Health, Victoria, and La Trobe University. She began her career as an Occupational Therapist, went on to complete a Masters of Public Health from James Cook University in 2010, and received her PhD in the field of prioritisation and triage systems for Allied Health Services from La Trobe University in 2013.
Katherine has become a well-established Health Services Researcher, with interests in the areas of improving access to outpatient and community health services, improving outcomes after rehabilitation, and enhancing research education, training and culture within clinical settings. In her current role, Katherine provides research training and support for allied health clinicians, promotes research activity and leads a range of projects within Eastern Health. She is a current recipient of a Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship funded by the Medical Research Future Fund, supporting research into methods for reducing waiting time for paediatric therapy services in the community.
Janet McDonald is a senior research fellow at the Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. She is a qualitative researcher who has contributed to a wide range of health services research projects, including literature review, policy and programme evaluation, preparation of discussion documents and the 2014 revision of the NZ health system profile produced by the WHO. She is currently working on a Health Research Council of NZ funded evaluation of the development and impact of changes in community pharmacy services.
She also has an interest in family/informal care, having completed a Masters’ project about ‘young carers’ and a PhD about the experiences and learning of family carers who manage ‘technical health procedures’ (such as renal dialysis or tube feeding) at home.
Megan has been Centre Manager of the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) since the Centre’s inception in 2011. She leads all aspects of the day-to-day running of AusHSI, including the centre’s communication, engagement, funding and implementation activities. She has over 15 years’ experience in complex, large-scale research program development and management for organisations such as Queensland Health and Queensland Institute of Medical Research, and brings to AusHSI highly developed skills in research governance, risk management and stakeholder engagement.
Megan is Program Leader of Health Services Research within the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT, providing leadership in the strategic development of health services research opportunities, and facilitating and supporting interdisciplinary research collaborations and health industry partnerships on behalf of AusHSI and QUT.
Megan sits on a number of governance boards for research organisations including the CRC for Wound Management Innovation, and the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research. Megan’s health communications training includes a residency with the world renowned Mayo Clinic. Over the past 10 years she has played a role in obtaining more than 50 internationally and nationally competitive grants for the teams she has managed.
Professor Morton is a health economist at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney and leader in the economic evaluation of treatments in cancer and chronic kidney disease. She has a MScMed (Clin Epi)(Hons) and a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Sydney, and her research program focuses on the incorporation of patient-centred and economic outcomes into clinical trials that facilitate policy decision making on the basis of cost-effectiveness. She currently leads economic evaluations for 11 trials including diagnostic test evaluation, interventions in genomic information provision, surgery, and advance care planning. Her methodological research interests include patient reported outcomes for health system valuation, preference elicitation using discrete choice experiments, and value of information analysis. Since 2013, A/Prof Morton has published over 85 research articles in high impact medical and health services research journals and been awarded $32M in competitive research funding from NHMRC, Cancer Australia, DoH and the EU
Tilley is a Principal Research Fellow at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service and an Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University. Her clinical background is in medical laboratory sciences and she completed her PhD in cardiac physiology. Tilley moved into primary health care research after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the United States. Her role in the Health Service is to build research capacity of allied health professionals and over the last seven years has increased the research activity resulting in approximately 50 allied health research projects, 9 PhD students across the service and numerous grants. Her research interests include research capacity, economic evaluations of allied health new models of care and evaluations of service delivery.
Emmanuel is a health and human services researcher with expertise in working with large, linked administrative and electronic health record data and health economics as well as emerging expertise in big-data science. His health services research has spanned, maternal and neonatal health, oral health, dementia and aged care and currently, cardiology and child protection and has been involved in health systems evaluations in India and in Australia.
He holds academic and industry positions in health services research at UniSA and SA Health. He completed his PhD in 2016 examining the cost-effectiveness of dental insurance and has masters level qualifications in both public health and social work. His previous work includes oral health promotion, primary health service management among indigenous groups, second stage tsunami rehabilitation, and migrant health.
Janet McDonald is a senior research fellow at the Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. She has worked at the centre since 2003, doing qualitative work on a variety of policy and programme evaluations as well as pursuing her interest in family care through her Masters and PhD. She is currently contributing to a Health Research Council of New Zealand-funded evaluation of the development and impact of changes in community and primary health care pharmacy services in New Zealand, and an Ageing Well National Science Challenge project exploring the implications of declining home ownership/rising rental tenure among older people (‘Life when renting’).
Janet was elected to the HSRAANZ executive in December 2016 and would welcome the opportunity to continue contributing to the association’s work supporting health services researchers, particularly on the New Zealand side of ‘the ditch’. She is currently a member of the organising committee for the 2019 Auckland conference.
Professor Suzanne Robinson is the Director of the Health Systems and Health Economics group and Executive member of the Curtin Health Data Analytics Hub at Curtin University. Suzanne has been awarded competitive research grants from international and national funding agencies. She has been involved in leading health systems and health economics projects that have had major impact on government reform initiatives. In Australia she has been successful in leading the WA Primary Health Alliance and Curtin Partnership aimed at undertaking translational research and evaluation activity in primary care commissioning in WA. She is also part of the successful academic and health sector consortium that secured over $200 million in industry and Federal Government funding to support research innovation in Digital Health in Australian, Suzanne is the co-lead for the WA arm of this consortia.
In addition to her research Suzanne is also passionate about her teaching and capacity building work. She’s led the design development and delivery of a number of post graduate teaching programmes and executive leadership programmes in Australia and internationally. She also coaches and mentors health professionals supporting them in their leadership and career journeys. In 2015 Suzanne awarded the Australasian College of Health Services Managers (ACHSM) Innovation and Excellence Award for her work in health systems research and capacity building. Suzanne is also elected committee member of the Health Services Research Association Australia and New Zealand, Australasian College of Health Services Management, International Society for Priority Setting and Co-Editor of the Journal of Health Organisation and Management.
Suzanne has served on the HSRAANZ executive since December 2014. If re-elected onto the HSRAANZ committee Suzanne would look to facilitate stronger links between WA and HSRAANZ and support the Association in its aim to build sustainability and facilitate communication across, and between researchers and policymakers in Australia and New Zealand. She would also look to develop stronger links between HSRAANZ the Journal of Health Organisation and Management, with a focus on the integration of publication opportunities especially for PhD and early career researchers.
Julie Redfern is an Associate Professor in Westmead Clinical School at the University of Sydney and a practicing physiotherapist. She holds a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and is co-Chair of the Exercise, Prevention and Rehabilitation Council of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Jule serves on many national and international committees, and has been a NHMRC panel member on many occasions, has won prestigious prizes, is Editor for several journals, has been awarded over $100 million in peer-reviewed grants and published over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts in high-ranking journals.
Julie is experienced at presenting and has made > 50 presentations (35 invited) in the past 5 years at major international and national scientific conferences.She also has extensive leadership experience and represented Australia at the 2015 World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders Program in Peru.
Alison Pearce is a health economist interested in the various costs of cancer. Her research aims to use health services research and health economics to improve cancer care by providing relevant, reliable information for decision making. Currently based at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, Alison teaches introductory health economics and conducts research in the areas of oncology patient preferences and productivity loss. Alison’s original training was in occupational therapy, and she remains interested in rehabilitation research. She also has keen interests in early career researcher development, communicating research to the public, and the use of social media in academia.