Executive Committee




Jon Karnon President

Laura Wilkinson-Meyers- Vice President

Kim Dalziel - Secretary


Rachael Morton - Treasurer

Suzanne Robinson - Ordinary Member

Katherine Harding

Katherine Harding - Ordinary Member

Janet McDonald - Ordinary Member


Megan Campbell - Ordinary Member

Jackie Cumming

Past President - Jackie Cumming

Ergo Rep - Braden Te Ao

Indigenous Rep - Kirsten Smiler

ERGO Rep - Tilley Pain

Co-opted Member - Nick Graves

Public Officer - Rosalie Viney

Executive Officer - Sarah Green

ERGO Rep Braden Te Ao

Dr Braden Te Ao




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.

President Jon Karnon
HSRAANZ President: Jon Karnon

HSRAANZ President: Jon Karnon



BA(Hons) (Leeds), MSc Health Economics (York), PhD (Brunel University)


Jon is a member of the Economics Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. His main research interests are around the cost-effectiveness of health care technologies and services, in particular looking at methods to identify and improve the organization and delivery of clinical services.

Discipline of Public Health, School of Population Health, University of Adelaide (September 2007- current)
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


Vice President: Laura Wilkinson-Meyers

Laura Wilkinson-Meyers


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.

Research interests

Treasurer: Margaret Kelaher

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.

Secretary: Kim Dalziel

Kim Dalziel – Secretary


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).

Ordinary member, Suzanne Robinson

Suzanne Robinson, Curtin University


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).

Ordinary member, Sallie-Anne Pearson
 Sallie-Anne Pearson

Sallie-Anne Pearson, University of Sydney


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.

Ordinary member, Esther Willing
Esther Willing

Esther Willing, University of Auckland




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

Sarah Green (Executive Officer)
Sarah Green

Sarah Green, HSRAANZ c/o CHERE, UTS


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. 

Ordinary member, Adam Elshaug

Adam Elshaug, University of Sydney


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.

Co-opted Member: Nick Graves
Nick Graves

Associate Professor Nick Graves.




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.

Public Officer, Rosalie Viney

Public Officer – Rosalie Viney


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.

Past President: Jackie Cumming
Jackie Cumming

Jackie Cumming, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


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.

ERGO Rep: Dr Katherine Harding

Dr Katherine Harding



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.


Indigenous Rep: Natalie Bryant

Natalie Bryant



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
Janet McDonald, Research Fellow, Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington

Janet McDonald, Research Fellow, Health Services Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington

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 Campbell
Megan Campbell, Centre Manager, Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI)

Megan Campbell, Centre Manager, Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI)

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.

Rachel Morton
Associate Professor Morton,  Director, Health Economics NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, The University of Sydney

Associate Professor Morton, Director, Health Economics
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, The University of Sydney

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 preference elicitation using discrete choice experiments and value of information analysis. Since 2011, A/Prof Morton has published over 65 research articles in high impact medical journals and been awarded $9.1M in research funding.




Indigenous Representative - Kirsten Smiler

Indigenous Rep – Kirsten Smiler


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 Pain - ERGO Representative


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.



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