Like other Universities, the Institute for Health Research and other Schools at Notre Dame can formally recognise professional relationships with clinicians and academics based at other organisations by awarding an Adjunct appointment. These arrangements help develop capacity and expertise that translates into student supervision and increased research opportunities.
Current Adjunct Appointments:
Professor Paul CohenBA, BM BCh, MA, Dip Obs, FRANZCOG, MD
Paul is Director of Gynaecological Cancer Research at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. He is a gynaecologist and clinical senior lecturer at King Edward Memorial Hospital working with the Western Australia Gynaecological Cancer Service where he has been actively involved in research and teaching.
As part of a growing strategic alliance with St John of God Healthcare, Paul funds a Research Fellow through the IHR to undertake collaborative research projects and he jointly supervises medical graduates studying research degrees.
Professor Jeanette WardMBBS, MHPEd, PhD, FAFPHM, FACHSM, FAICD
Jeanette is a joint appointment by IHR and Nulungu Research Institute in Broome. She is a medical graduate with a Master's degree in Health Personnel Education and a PhD in Behavioural Sciences in relation to Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management.
Prof Ward also has three decades of experience in population and public health having worked in both the government and non-government sectors in Australia and Canada, including a personal Chair in policy implementation at the University of Ottawa. She currently lives in Broome where she works as Consultant, Public Health Medicine in the Kimberley Population Health Unit for the Western Australian Country Health Service. Her role focuses on strategic development of public health, primary health care and stakeholder partnerships to improve population outcomes.
Jeanette is keen to use her knowledge and experiences to work with both Institutes and is examining the opportunities to undertake collaborative research, implementation projects and HDR student supervision.
Dr Anne PoelinaGDip Healh Prom., MEd, MA, MPHlth&TropMed, PhD
Anne is a Yimardoowarra marnin: an Indigenous woman from the Mardoowarra, Fitzroy River who has been appointed as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow by the IHR and Nulungu Institute in Broome. She has been a research consultant and research fellow for various universities for more than 28 years. She is an Adjunct Fellow of Charles Darwin University and an affiliate of Gaia University and has been a staff member of several other universities including the University of Queensland and the Southern Cross University.
Dr Poelina is a highly qualified academic with three Master degrees and a PhD. She also has two undergraduate awards. Her PhD addresses the topic of Nyikina Indigenous Australian tradition and the importance of heritage and language to both Nyikina people’s social, cultural and economic wellbeing. It is entitled: Action Research to Build the Capacity of Nyikina Indigenous Australians and is categorized as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Anne’s undergraduate qualifications and experience are in nursing, and her first Master qualification is in Public Health. Her current work focuses on building culture and conservation economies on country, which is on the National Heritage Listed Fitzroy River, in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Anne is currently a co-supervisor of a MPhil student enrolled through the Burn Injury Research Node in the School of Physiotherapy and A MPhil student exploring cultural and social determinants of health.
Associate Professor Anne-Marie HillBAppSc (PT), MSc, G Cert Uni Teach, PhD
Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill is an early career Research Fellow who recently moved from the IHR to Curtin University. While working at Notre Dame, she was awarded a NHMRC early career fellowship (2012-2015) and project grant to investigate preventing falls among older people after hospital discharge.
As gerontological physiotherapist with over 20 years clinical experience, Anne-Marie currently provides HDR student supervision to seven students based in the IHR who are engaged in ongoing falls prevention research, two of whom are expected to submit their theses later in the year. Associate Professor Hill remains a key Project Lead in Notre Dame’s Collaborative Research Network and shares a 2016 project grant with Professors Codde and Bruce through the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation.
As a result, Associate Professor Hill’s links to the IHR remain strong through existing students, joint publications and funded research that are cemented with a view to continue to develop this area of research into the future.
Professor Julie QuinlivanMBBS FRANZCOG PhD
Julie’s relationship with Notre Dame formally commenced in 2005 when she was appointed as the Foundation Dean of Health and Head of the School of Medicine at its Sydney Campus before eventually becoming Executive Dean of Medicine and Pro Vice Chancellor. She has subsequently moved to Western Australia where she continues this involvement with Notre Dame as an Adjunct Professor in the IHR.
Professor Julie Quinlivan is the current Chair of the Clinical Senate of Western Australia (WA Health), Deputy Chair of the West Coast Institute for Training and a medical Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She is a professor and senior consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology who works in the public and private sector.
Julie has co-authored over 200 books, book chapters, research papers and conference presentations covering high risk pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence and parenting. She has been chief author of clinical and research infrastructure and projects grants in excess of $35 million.
Associate Professor Aris SiafarikasMD FRACP
Aris is a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and a Clinical Associate Professor with The University of Western Australia.
He is a collaborating researcher in a component of the AMPitup program being run by Professor Beth Hands, Associate Professor Fleur McIntyre, Dr Paola Chivers and Dr Sophia Nimphius that is evaluating the effect of a 13 week exercise intervention program on bone density measures and then tracking participants longitudinally.
Aris has a dozen recent publications, some in collaboration with Professor Max Bulsara of the IHR, that investigate children with health conditions such as type 1 Diabetes and Rett Syndrome, and the effect of Vitamin D supplementation in Aboriginal children.
Associate Professor Elizabeth RosePhD, MEd, MPE, BEd (Hons), Grad Dip Mod Languages
A former Senior Lecturer and adjunct at Edith Cowan University in the School of Biomedical and Sports Science, Elizabeth has for the past 6 years been adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame where she has lectured part time and researched in the School of Health Sciences.
She is currently working with Professors Beth Hands and Helen Parker researching and publishing in the area of child and adolescent health and physical activity, specifically focusing on psycho-social aspects of Developmental Coordination Disorder and psycho social aspects of disability.
She has published numerous refereed journal articles, refereed abstracts, book reviews, conference papers as well as being on editorial boards for refereed journals. She has presented her work at many international conferences most recently in Toulouse, France in 2015. Elizabeth is currently researching on Physical Self-Perceptions and Motor Competence.
Ms Nerida SteelAssoc Dip Applied Chemistry
Nerida has over 15 years’ experience in management and leadership roles within WA Health. Nerida is the Program Manager of the WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program where she applies her extensive knowledge of population-based screening for health promotion, cancer prevention and follow-up support. Nerida sits on multiple national committees, including the Steering Committee for the Renewal Implementation Project (SCRIP) which provides expert, high-level independent, strategic advice regarding the implementation of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program.
Drawing on her knowledge of the national and state-based cervical screening program, Nerida has worked collaboratively with Professors Jim Codde and Paul Cohen, and Dr Aime Munro since 2011 in multiple research projects that investigate the detection and management of cervical abnormalities and how to best translate the research findings into clinical practice.
Nerida has co-authored eight peer reviewed publications and had several governmental reports.
Dr Pamela McGrathBSocWk, MA, PhD
Pam has long-term research collaboration with the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland through which she provides leadership in psychosocial research in relation to leukaemia and other haematological malignancies. Her other research interests include a focus on Indigenous people, and include bioethics and spirituality. Much of her work has been funded through NHMRC in the form of project grants and fellowships.
She has over 200 journal papers and published several books. In addition, she brings with her a wealth of experience for her contributions to peer reviewed journal publication as both a reviewer of manuscripts and siting on Editorial Boards. Dr McGrath also has extensive experience as an NHMRC Assessor and of other funding bodies.
Pam is co-supervising a PhD student at Notre Dame with Associate Professor Caroline Bulsara.
Professor Lisa Heitz-MayfieldBSD, MDS, PhD
Lisa gained her initial dental degree from South Australia before completing both a Master and PhD degree in odontology at Lund University in Sweden. Since then, she has held numerous clinical academic positions that include La Trobe University, The University of Sydney, and The University of Western Australia. Currently she is an Adjunct Professor in the International Research Collaborative, Oral Health and Equity at UWA. Lisa has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and works collaboratively with Professor Marc Tennant, with whom both Professor Max Bulsara and Professor Jim Codde have also published with.
Lisa’s appointment in the IHR will strengthen professional relationships between Notre Dame and UWA in dental research but also provide an opportunity to link Lisa’s interest and experience in rural and remote communities with a growing health research capacity being developed at Broome through the Nulungu Institute.
Professor James SemmensBSc, MSc, PhD, Grad Dip Ed, GAICD
James is the Director of the Centre for Population Health Research at Curtin University. A key focus of his work includes the use of record linked data to support Health Services Research. His research focus includes: health informatics (data linkage and spatial information), health services research, patient care and safety, clinical accountability, medication safety, patient blood management, sexual violence, ageing and Indigenous health. His current roles include: Program leader for the ongoing development of data linkage infrastructure in Western Australia; Program leader for the Centre for Data Linkage within the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy for Population Health Research; and is a member of the Scientific R&D Committee for the CRC-Autism (2013-2016). He was a previous Director of the International Health Data Linkage Network (2011-2012); and initiated and led the Health Program within the CRC Spatial Information (Scientific Director 2008-2012). His other key achievements include the co-initiator and director of the WA Safety and Quality of Surgical Care Project and the co-initiator and manager of the Western Australia Audit of Surgical Mortality which has now become a national project.
His research output includes more than 589 scientific works, including 250 scientific papers published or 'in press', 287 conference presentations and has contributed to provision of research grants totalling around $45 million.
In addition to his vast experience in health research and extensive professional network, James is an integral part of the gynae-oncology research group working through at the IHR with Professor Paul Cohen.
Dr Louise M StewartBSc(Hons), Grad Dip PH, PhD
Louise is an epidemiologist whose research interest lies in the analysis of linked health and population data to gain an understanding of the factors that contribute to disease and ill health. Working at UWA with Emeritus Professor Michael Hobbs, she explored the risk of death in prisoners after release from jail. Their highly cited publication generated considerable research interest, and the health of released prisoners is now considered an important field of research. She subsequently applied her skills to examining a range of health issues and outcomes through the use of linked data.
Her current area of interest is in risk factors for ovarian cancer. She is the lead investigator on a project titled “Factors predicting ovarian cancer: a large population-based cohort study with long-term follow-up” funded by the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. She is also a co-investigator on an NHMRC funded grant: “IMPROVE - Investigating Medication re-Purposing to Reduce risk of OVarian cancer and Extend survival”.
Louise joined the IHR to enable greater collaboration between her own research and that being undertaken its gynae-oncology research group.