Dr Braden Te Ao – Braden is a Research Fellow at Auckland University of Technology, he is seconded on a part-time basis to the Middlemore Clinical Trials (Middlemore hospital). He is a health services researcher and has research interest in areas relevant to public health and health economics. He has conducted and published a number of economic evaluations including a cost-of-illness study for traumatic brain injury and evaluating the cost effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing health disparities for people after having a 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)
Laura Wilkinson-Meyers is a lecturer in health services research in the Health Systems section of the School of Population Health. Her research focuses on issues of access, quality and cost of health and social services for older people and disabled people.
PhD, (UNSW) BSc(Psych), (UNSW)
Margaret Kelaher is Director of the Centre for Health Policy, School of Population and Global Health University of Melbourne. Margaret has established an international reputation in the design and evaluation of initiatives to improve to improve health equity. Her work has a unique focus, bringing an action oriented and intervention based approach to understanding complex social issues and informing theory and health policy. Examples include improving the quality of care provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by improving health literacy and the cultural competency of health professionals, anti-racism interventions for young people and place-based initiatives to reduce health disadvantage among children and adults. She has attracted over $20 million in funding through competitive grants and has published over 90 peer reviewed journal articles and 125 books and reports. Her achievements have been recognised with an NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellowship, unanimous appointment to the Faculty at Columbia University, Australian Young Tall Poppy award, NHMRC Career Development award, VicHealth senior research fellowship and an ARC Future fellowship.
PhD, (South Australia), M.Health.Econ (Curtin), B.Health.Sc (hons)(Adelaide)
Dr Kim Dalziel joined the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne in January 2013. She is the recipient of a McKenzie Fellowship which has been established to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University in areas of research priority for the university and its faculties, and in particular to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across faculties.
Prior to that she held a position as a Senior Research Fellow for 5 years with the Health Economics and Social Policy Group at the University of South Australia and a Research Fellow for 5 years at the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University, She spent 2 years from 2001 to 2003 as a Research Fellow at the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group at the University of Exeter in the UK. Her formal qualifications include a B. Health Science (hons), a Master of Health Economics and a PhD in Health Economics (awarded February 2011).
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).
BSc (Hons) PhD
Sallie is a health service researcher and behavioural scientist with more than 15 years of experience in quality use of medicines research. Her interests include prescriber behaviour change, post-market surveillance of medicines and evaluating the impact of pharmaceutical policy interventions. Sallie completed her doctoral training at the University of Newcastle, Australia (1998) and her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutical Policy at Harvard Medical School (2000-2001). On her return to Australia she worked as a consultant to the WHO Collaborating Centre in Pharmaceutical Policy Boston and Medicare Australia. She established the Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmaceutical Policy Research Group in 2006 and joined the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney in 2012. She is currently a Cancer Institute NSW Career Development Fellow.
Esther Willing (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Koata, Nga Ruahine) is a lecturer in Māori health and health policy at the University of Auckland. She is located in Te Kupenga Haora Māori in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and her research interests include health policy, health systems and improving health services. In particular, she has a strong interest in understanding how policy can address indigenous health inequities. She has recently completed her PhD through the University of Auckland and her doctoral thesis examined the implementation of the immunisation health target within the New Zealand health system
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.
BA; BSc(Hons); MPH; PhD
Professor Adam Elshaug, M.P.H., Ph.D., is an internationally recognized researcher and policy advisor specializing in reducing waste and optimizing value in health care. He is Professor of Health Policy, HCF Research Foundation Professorial Research Fellow, and Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at The University of Sydney. He also Heads the Value in Health Care Division within MCHP, is Senior Fellow with the Lown Institute in Boston, a ministerial appointee to the (Australian) Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce, a member of the Choosing Wisely Australia advisory group, the Choosing Wisely International Planning Committee, the ACSQHC’s Atlas of Healthcare Variation Advisory Group, and a Research Leader with the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre Health Quality Program. Professor Elshaug was a 2010-11 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow based at the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). From mid-2011 to mid-2013, he then served as NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellow in Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy. In parallel, he became The Commonwealth Fund’s Inaugural Visiting Fellow for 2012-13 in New York City.
Nicholas Graves is Professor of Health Economics at Institute of Biomedical and Health Innovation, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology Queensland Health, Australia.
Nicholas Graves is currently the Academic Director for The Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) and the Academic Director for the Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections (CRE-RHAI), Queensland University of Technology / Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.
His applied research brings economics to the study of health-care. He has a programme of research that uses Bayesian methods for the synthesis of diverse sources of data that are subsequently used to inform parameters in decision models that address questions about the value of competing investments in health care sector alternatives. He supervises PhD students, teaches economics to post-graduate students and has made research contributions of international significance publishing in Nature, BMJ, AIDS, Health Economics, Lancet Infectious Diseases, The Journal of Infectious Diseases and Emerging Infectious Diseases.
BEc (Hons) (UTas), MEc (UTas), PhD (USyd)
Rosalie is Director of CHERE and Professor of Health Economics at UTS. Rosalie has a PhD in economics from the University of Sydney. Her PhD research focused on the use of discrete choice experiments to value health outcomes and investigate the assumptions underlying Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs). She is a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s Economics Sub-Committee.
BA, (Auck), MA (1st class Hons),(Auck), Dip Health Econ (Tromso), PhD, Public Policy (VUW)
Jackie Cumming became Director of the Health Services Research Centre in 2001. She originally joined the Centre as a Research Fellow in 1993. She has qualifications in both economics and public policy. Jackie previously worked for a number of government departments and agencies, including the Public Health Commission and the Department/Ministry of Health, and spent time on secondment to the Health Services Taskforce and the Core Services Committee secretariat. Her research interests include health economics and health policy issues, particularly priority setting, core services, economic evaluation and health services structures and policy.
Katherine Harding is a Senior 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 ambulatory and community health services, improving outcomes after rehabilitation, and enhancing research education, training and culture within clinical settings. In her current role, Katherine shares responsibility for the provision of research training and support for allied health clinicians, promotes research activity and leads a range of projects within Eastern Health. She is currently a Chief Investigator and Project Lead for the NHMRC partnership project “Improving access for sub acute ambulatory and community health services” and holds an adjunct Senior Lecturer position with La Trobe University.
Natalie Bryant is the Assistant Director, Mental Health Care at the Inde-pendent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA). In this role, she is responsible for the delivery of a new classification system for mental health care for the purpose of activity based funding. Natalie has been with IHPA for over three years working across the program management, costing and mental health care sections.
Natalie is currently on secondment to NSW Health as the ABF Workstream Manager for mental health and subacute care with the ABF Taskforce. In this role, she is responsible for the implementation of major strategic reform in relation to mental health and subacute care, including the implementation of the new Australian Mental Health Care Classifica-tion.
Janet McDonald is a research fellow at the Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. She has worked at the centre since 2003, including on evaluations of the 2001 New Zealand health reforms, the implementation of the Primary Health Care Strategy and the Healthy Eating – Healthy Action Strategy. She has also been involved with several projects related to her research interests of disability issues and family caregiving, including her Masters’ work about ‘young carers’ and 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.
Associate 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
Kirsten Smiler (Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Rongowhakaata, Te Whakatōhea) joined the Health Services Research Centre, Faculty of Health at Victoria University of Wellington at the end of 2004. Kirsten completed her MA thesis (Applied Linguistics) which focuses on issues of language and identity for Māori members of the New Zealand Deaf community in 2004 and has an undergraduate degree in Māori studies. Kirsten is currently a Co-Investigator of Rangatahi Sexual and Reproductive Health Project co-funded by the Health Research Council and Ministry of Health, and her PhD exploreds the nature and impacts of early intervention for Māori Deaf/hearing-impaired children and their whānau. Kirsten’s research interests and experience include research work with the Deaf Studies Research Unit, linguistic variation in New Zealand Sign Language, deaf people and their families. Kirsten is also interested in rangatahi Māori, youth wellbeing, health services, and disability politics.
Tilley is a Principal Research Fellow for allied health professionals at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service and an Adjunct Principal Research Fellow at James Cook University. Her primary role in the Health Service is to build research capacity 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.
My name is Liliana Laranjo. I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Informatics—Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University.
My background includes a medical degree (2007), General Practice Fellowship (Portugal, 2014), a Master of Public Health from Harvard University (2013), and a PhD with Honours and Distinction (Lisbon Medical School, October 2015). My PhD thesis was entitled ‘Person-centred care and health information technology in Portugal – implications for chronic care and health quality improvement’ and reflected my early interest in Health Services Research.
My postdoctoral research has been focused on person-centred health informatics, particularly the design, development, and implementation of informatics interventions for patient activation, chronic disease management, and primary prevention. As a physician, I have always been interested in person-centred care and health services quality improvement, a perspective that I actively maintain and seek to apply in my research.
As an Early Career Researcher, I already have a national and international profile for my work in health informatics. I have authored peer-reviewed publications with several institutions worldwide and published in the best journals in my field. In the past 5 years, I was an invited speaker in 5 conferences (4 international) and keynote speaker in 2 international conferences. I have been an Editorial board member for the BMJ Open since 2016 and I regularly review for the peak international journals in my field.
I believe I can add considerable value to the Association by advocating for—and promoting excellence in—health services research. I am very motivated to advance the Association’s mission, as well as contribute to its activities with my time, expertise, and enthusiasm.
Emmanuel Gnanamanickam is a post-doctoral early career researcher with emerging expertise in working with large, linked administrative and electronic health record data and health economics. He holds academic and industry positions in health services research as a research fellow with the Australian Centre for Precision health at UniSA and a data manager for a data driven phenotyping project with Flinders Medical Centre in the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.
He completed his PhD examining the cost-effectiveness of dental insurance, his research career spanning, maternal and neonatal health, oral health, dementia and aged care and currently cardiac care and child protection. He has been involved in health systems evaluations in India and in Australia been involved in the NHMRC review of nutritional reference values for fluoride in Australia and sat on the National Oral Health Promotion Steering group as a research representative. In early 2018 he led the publication of the first bottom-up costing of dementia in residential care in Australia.
He has held many leadership positions both as a student and as a professional, most recently being the Co-Chair of the Future Health Leaders (FHL) Council and serving on its board as its inaugural treasurer since 2014. His personality and professionalism are strongly rooted in equality, respect, social justice, innovation and enterprise. He brings to the table financial and managerial, multi-cultural and inter-professional, liaison and advocacy, and website management and social media skills and expertise.
Priya Martin is an early career health services researcher and health professional educator with an interest in improving the safety and quality of healthcare. She trained as an occupational therapist and currently works as an interprofessional advanced clinical educator in Queensland Health. She is also an adjunct research fellow at the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School. Her professional experience spans several clinical, education, training and research roles in Australia and overseas, in private and public sectors and academia. As of October 2018, she has 23 peer-reviewed publications, 15 scholarships and grants and 12 prestigious awards and prizes. In 2018, she was named one of top 10 exceptional young leaders in the Queensland public service (across local, state and federal government) and one of the top eleven early career researchers in the state of Queensland, Australia. She recently completed an award-winning PhD in Health Sciences through the University of South Australia on factors that contribute to high quality clinical supervision of allied health professionals. Priya’s PhD was undertaken via publication which resulted in nine peer-reviewed papers, with the tenth paper currently under review. One of her PhD papers was awarded the HSRAANZ best PhD paper award at the association’s conference in 2017. Her areas of research expertise include health services research (workforce education and training, clinical supervision, interprofessional education and collaborative practice), mixed methods designs, program evaluation and rural workforce.
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.