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 several 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.
Professor Aris SiafarikasMD FRACP
Clinical Professor Aris Siafarikas is a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) / Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) and holds adjunct positions with the University of Western Australia (UWA), University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU). He is also honorary research fellow of Telethon Kids Institute. Dr Siafarikas is a collaborative clinician researcher, operating within the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes (PMH/PCH), who specialises in bone and mineral metabolism. Dr Siafarikas is also a co-founding member of the Western Australian Bone Research Collaboration (WABRC): a cross-institutional and multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians investigating bone health and disease. Dr Siafarikas has received >$2 million in successful grant funding; published 2 books, 2 book chapters, 39 peer reviewed articles in clinical paediatric and medical journals; and has presented clinical work at 45 conferences and workshops.
Research Areas and Interests
- Paediatric Medicine
- Bone and Mineral Metabolism
- Exercise and Bone Health
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 Nicolas HartPhD, MSc, BSc.
Dr Nicolas Hart, AES, CSCS, ESSAM is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute (an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence) and an accredited exercise scientist at Edith Cowan University. His clinical oncology work focuses on the ability of exercise to change tumour biology, and attenuate tumour formation, growth and invasion in primary and secondary carcinomas. Dr Hart is currently leading a series of world-first, trials in humans to examine the suppressive or regressive effects of exercise on tumour morphology and tumour biomarkers in secondary carcinomas of advanced prostate and breast cancer patients with sclerotic and osteolytic spinal lesions. Dr Hart is the Global Exercise Co-ordinator for the Movember GAP4 (INTERVAL-MCRPC) trial - (the largest exercise trial in prostate cancer worldwide; investigating exercise and overall survival); and National Exercise Co-ordinator for the Movember TrueNTH Australia trial - (the provision of local and remote delivery of exercise as medicine to prostate cancer patients across metropolitan and regional Australia). Dr Hart is also a founding member of the Western Australian Bone Research Collaboration (WABRC): a cross-institutional and multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians investigating bone health and disease.
Dr Hart is a consultant sport scientist to the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Western Force and Perth Glory sporting teams to provide input towards, and assist in the prevention and management of stress-related bone injuries; stratify musculoskeletal injury risk; and provide a broad range of sport science services on request.
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 StewartPhD, Grad Dip PH, BSc(Hons)
Dr Stewart 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.
She was previously employed at the University of Western Australia where she collaborated with Emeritus Professor Michael Hobbs on a project that 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 completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia studying health outcomes in women after treatment with assisted reproductive techniques including in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Dr Stewart’s current area of interest is in risk factors for ovarian cancer. She is the lead investigator on a project funded by the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation: “Factors predicting ovarian cancer: a large population-based cohort study with long-term follow-up”. She collaborates with Assoc Prof Colin Stewart, Emeritus Professor D’Arcy Holman, Adjunct Professor Paul Cohen, Dr Susan Jordan, Associate Professor Katrina Spilsbury and Professor James Semmens. 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”.
Dr Adam WigleyPhD, MPsych (Applied Ed Dev), BSc (Hons), Grad Dip Psych, BMusT
Adam is an early career researcher who was recently awarded a Collaborative Research Network (CRN) funded part-time Research Fellowship position at the IHR with Professor Beth Hands.
His previous research focused on the relationships between reading fluency and rhythmic-motor deficits in dyslexia and was driven by an underlying interest in the neuroscience of music. He is currently broadening these interests to encompass other neuro-developmental disorders, such as developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), ADHD etc… and the neural networks involved in motor control.
Adam has several peer reviewed publications from his work and is currently supervising a PhD student.
Phone: (08) 9433-0552
Dr Moti HaratsBMedSc, MD
Dr Moti Harats is a burns surgeon residing in Israel. Graduated from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (Hons), Dr Harats has a strong background and interest in the area of burns/plastics and trauma research. Prior to undertaking his medical studies he undertook a MSc in computer science and computational biology.
As a specialist in Burns/ Reconstruction Plastic Surgery he is a senior consultant at the National Intensive Care Burn Unit within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer Hospital in Israel which is affiliated with the Tel Aviv University. Moti is the lead PI in a number of clinical trials in the field of burns, wound healing and reconstructive surgery at the Sheba Medical Center.
Moti has joined the IHR to enable greater collaboration between his own research and that being undertaken with the Burn Injury Research Node at the University of Notre Dame, including the introduction of on-line learning tools.
Associate Professor Josef HaikMD; MPH
A/Professor Haik is a surgeon from Israel with a strong background in burns and disaster medicine.
Josef is a specialist in Burns/ Reconstruction Plastic Surgery. He is the current Director of the National Intensive Care Burn Unit and Director of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer Hospital in Israel. A/Professor Haik is affiliated with the Tel Aviv University where he holds an adjunct appointment with the Faculty of Surgery. Dr Haik has approximately 100 research articles, case reports and book chapters that span almost three decade of experience.
Josef has joined the IHR to facilitate greater collaboration between his own research and that being undertaken with the Burn Injury Research Node at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr Rachel A KornhaberBN; RN; PhD
Rachel is a Registered Nurse based in Sydney with a strong background in burns and trauma informed care. Rachel was previously a clinician at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Severe Burns Injury Unit for 13 years. Rachel’s PhD was through the University of Adelaide and investigated burn survivors’ experiences of rehabilitation and the challenges with access to rehabilitation services.
She is currently appointed as a lecturer at the University of Tasmania, Rozelle campus based in Sydney but also a Research Fellow with the National Burns Unit at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel. Rachel has been developing a burns and mental health portfolio with international collaborations.
Rachel joined the IHR to enable greater collaboration between her own research and that being undertaken with the Burn Injury Research Node being led by A/Prof Dale Edgar at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr Asha BowenBA MBBS DCH FRACP PhD
Asha is a clinician-early career researcher at Princess Margaret Hospital and Telethon Kids Institute, having completed her fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) as a general paediatrician and paediatric infectious diseases specialist in 2009. Her NHMRC funded PhD through the Menzies School of Health Research and Charles Darwin University was a randomised controlled trial of the treatment of impetigo in remote Indigenous children, published in The Lancet (2014). Results of this trial have been presented at local, national and international conferences, and translated into local, regional and national guidelines.
Asha has continued her research in skin disease control since arriving in WA. Asha leads the Skin health team at Telethon Kids Institute and is the lead investigator on a project entitled “The SToP (See, Treat, Prevent) Skin Sores and Scabies Trial: A cluster randomised, stepped-wedge trial for skin disease control in remote Western Australia” funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and WA Future Health fund. Her research interests also include gram-positive infections (Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia, Group A streptococcus infections), bone and joint infections, and gastroenteritis in children, with a particular focus on the excess burden of infections in Aboriginal children. Asha is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Infectious Diseases committee and the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases clinical research network.
Asha joined the IHR to enable greater collaboration between her research and that being undertaken within the Nulunga Research Institute.
Winthrop Professor Fiona WoodMBBS, FRCS, FRACS, FAAHMS, AM
British born, Fiona completed her MBBS at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in London before moving to Australia in 1987. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) in 1990. Among her many achievements, Fiona is well known for her care to burns patients following the Bali bombings in 2002 and subsequently being becoming a Member of the Order of Australia. She was Australian of Year in 2005.
Currently, Professor Wood is a consultant plastic surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, and Director of the Burns Service for Western Australia. From early in her career, Fiona has been passionate about improving the outcomes for burns survivors believing more could be done to facilitate scarless healing, physically, mentally and spiritually. To this end, her research team developed spray-on skin technologies that continue to be developed and used around the world. Her own areas of research interests include paediatric and adult burn trauma, wound management, mechanistic studies of laser therapy for scar management, device technology, ICU, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics and include well over 200 publications.
Through her personal commitment to burns education and research, and that of her charitable research foundation, Fiona is actively involved in the postgraduate Masters of Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation (M.BTR) and HDR supervision at Notre Dame.
Dr Linda KhongPhD, M Manipulative Therapy, B App Sc. (Physio Hons), B Business Admin
Linda graduated as a physiotherapist with Honours from University of Sydney in 1997 prior to obtaining a Masters in Manual Therapy at Curtin and under-going further specialised advanced training in Lymphedema Therapy. She completed her PhD at Notre Dame in 2017 after investigating falls prevention education for community-dwelling older adults, in particular how peer-led falls prevention education may help improve adherence to falls prevention strategies.
Accredited Musculoskeletal and Gerontological Physiotherapist with the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Linda is a university clinical educator in the area of older adults’ health and runs a private practice specialising in management of lymphoedema.
Linda is seeking to continue her research and integrate the outcomes into clinical practice.
Dr Tegan GracePhD, BSc (Hons)
After completing her BSc at Edith Cowan University in 2006, Tegan worked as a research assistant at the Telethon Kids Institute, using the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study for four years before commencing doctoral studies at Notre Dame in 2010.
With the support of an APA scholarship and using longitudinal data from the Raine Study, Tegan investigated the effect of perinatal and antenatal events on motor development. She has published several papers focusing on the events surrounding pregnancy and birth and the impact on motor development in childhood and adolescence.
Tegan has taught undergraduate students in units for academic writing and research, physical activity and health, sociology and psychology of sport, and health issues and preventative approaches. She remains passionate about research and is seeking opportunities to extend her experiences and knowledge into studies working with Aboriginal communities.
Dr Annette LimMBBS (Hon), FRACP (Medical Oncology), PhD
Dr Annette Lim is a consultant medical oncologist involved in clinical care, clinical research and translational research. Having completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Western Australia, she completed her Physician exams in Western Australia. She completed her translational PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (VIC) through Melbourne University, after completion of her clinical fellowship there.
Dr Annette Lim has a subspecialty interest in head and neck oncology amongst other tumour streams, and is involved in clinical trials research at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Linear Clinical Research Phase 1 unit. She is involved in translational research and co-leads a laboratory team.
Dr Annette Lim has formal collaborative research projects with IHR covering all aspects of her research interests, including the aim to co-supervise post-graduate students.
Dr Timo RantalainenPhD, MSc
Dr Timo Rantalainen is Research Fellow at the Gerontology Research Center, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Dr Rantalainen’s area of expertise pertains to neuromuscular and skeletal systems, specifically skeletal adaptation to mechanical loading and neural control of muscles, with a focus on estimating lower limb loading and bone responsiveness. Dr Rantalainen’s current research interests include: 1) the effect of loading on bone geometry, 2) neuromuscular function of muscle, 3) muscle and bone adaptations with age, and 4) the measurement of bone geometry using peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT).
He has published 1 book chapter, 3 trial protocols, and 54 peer-reviewed scientific articles (20 as first author). Dr Rantalainen is a founding member of the Western Australian Bone Research Collaboration (WABRC), which explores bone health and disease in a cross-institutional and multi-disciplinary environment with academics and clinicians. Dr Rantalainen has built a strong working collaboration with Dr Nicolas Hart, Associate Professor Sophia Nimphius, Clinical Associate Professor Aris Siafarikas and Dr Paola Chivers (all founding members of the WABRC), co-supervising several research students and collaborating on a series of research projects with these respective people.
Dr Mandy PlumbBSc (Hons), PhD
Mandy completed her undergraduate degree with a major in sports science at the University of Wales before undertaking her PhD in the School of Orthopaedic Surgery in the University of Aberdeen. After a number of research and academic positions in the UK, she moved to Australia in 2014 where she joined Federation University in Ballarat as a lecturer in human movement and sports science.
Her current research interests include the mechanical and chemokine factors in osteoarthritis and motor control and co-ordination in children with neuro-developmental disorders. She has secured a number of grants and has over a dozen publications. Mandy also sits on the Editorial Board as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bodyworks Movements and Therapies.
Dr Stephen EdmondstonDipPhysio, AdvDipPhysio(MT), PhD
Completing his undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy training in New Zealand, Stephen received his PhD in spinal biomechanics in 1995. The following year was appointed as a lecturer at the School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University. Stephen moved to the Faculty of Medicine at UWA in 2000, and later returned to Curtin in the role of Associate Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has a strong track-record in research supervision in spinal pain and clinical biomechanics, health service delivery and models of care and has over 50 journal publications. He has made a significant contribution to physiotherapy continuing education, conducting clinical practice workshops in Australia and overseas, supporting continuing education programs in WA hospitals, and presenting research at physiotherapy and inter-disciplinary conferences. He was the recipient of an APA ‘Contribution to the Profession’ award in 2016. Stephen chairs the Quadriplegic Centre Health Service Board, and is a Board member of the Spine and Limb Foundation (WA).
Stephen’s current position is Research Operations Manager at St John of God Murdoch Hospital. In that role, he promotes the research strategy in the hospital, and manages all aspects of industry funded and investigator-initiated research.
Stephen joined the IHR to help develop the collaboration between hospital-based research at St John of God Hospitals, and researchers at the IHR.
Associate Professor Georgia HalkettB Med Rad (Hons), PhD, Dip Man
Georgia is a qualified radiation therapist who completed her PhD in 2005 at the University of South Australia before moving to Curtin University in 2007 where she still works in the Faculty of Health Sciences as a Senior Research Fellow who is supported a Cancer Council of WA Research Fellowship. She is currently the Chair of the Radiation Oncology Workforce WA Group which is supported by the WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network.
Georgia is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Radiography. She has received grants worth more than $4 million as Principal Investigator and over $5.5 million as a Chief Investigator. To date, she has over 70 peer-reviewed publications. She has supervised a number of PhD and Masters students.