The IHR Team
The IHR is located on the 3rd floor floor of 33 Phillimore Street, on the corner of Henry Street. Correspondence should be addressed to: Institute for Health Research, PO Box 1225, Fremantle WA 6959.
General email: IHR@nd.edu.au; Telephone: (08) 9433-0105
Professor Jim CoddePhD, BSc, GDip Ed
Jim became the Director of the IHR in 2015 with a research career that spans three decades and several disciplines. His initial studies with the University Department of Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) explored the effect of dietary oils on experimental models of hypertension. He subsequently worked in the University Department of Surgery at RPH as part of a team seeking to improve the effectiveness of cancer treatment using a number of novel targeting strategies that involved chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hyperthermia and immunotherapy. Upon joining Western Australian Health Department in the late 1980’s, his interests expanded into public health and health service research reflecting his roles as Director of the Epidemiology Branch and Director Clinical Planning in the South Metropolitan Health Service.
Professor Codde has contributed to over 75 journal publications and 50 reports. He has successfully supervised eight higher degree by research students (PhD, Masters) to completion and currently supervising a further four. He has held adjunct professorial positions at UWA and Curtin University and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute and a Director of the Board for Fremantle Medicare Local.
Phone: (08) 9433-0672
Professor Max BulsaraPhD (Dist), MSc, BSc (Hons)
After being involved in epidemiological studies for over three decades, in 2009, Max came to Notre Dame to take up the Chair Biostatistics. He is also adjunct professor at School of Population Health, UWA and visiting professor at University College London.
Max’s collaborative nature and expertise in complex biostatistics is apparent through the vast array of research output he has produced that includes more than 250 published scientific journal articles, 15 book chapters and technical reports, he has a total of 9413 citations with an h-index of 51. He is chief investigator on numerous grants valued over $12,711,639. In addition, he has successfully co-supervised 8 PhD students to completion, and is currently co-supervising a further 12 PhD students enrolled through Notre Dame, UWA and Curtin University.
Max is frequently asked to review journal articles for national and international medical journals, as well as review research grants from NHMRC and Cancer Council. He has been invited by NHMRC to be a member of their Grant Review Panel and Panel member for Senior Research Fellowship. He is an Associate Editor for Open Access Medical Statistics. He is on the Editorial Board of the BMC Public Health Journal, BMC Medical Research Methodology Journal, BMC Proceedings Journal, Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group and Cochrane Breast Cancer Group, Journal of Medical Statistics and Informatics
Phone: (08) 9433-0297
Associate Professor Caroline BulsaraPhD (Primary Health), Grad Dip Ed Studies, BA (Hons) (UK)
Caroline completed her PhD in the area of cancer patient empowerment at the School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care, the University of Western Australia in 2008. Since then she has worked in a number of leadership roles both within the universities and externally to build health research capacity most notably within primary health care and non-government organizations. In addition to working part-time within the IHR where she uses her expertise and experience in qualitative analysis, Caroline is also the Research Coordinator in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Notre Dame.
Caroline is currently part of a research team examining younger onset dementia as part of an NHMRC partnership grant. She is also a member of the NHMRC partnership scientific committee. She works collaboratively across a number of universities in primary health research and holds academic adjunct positions at a number of WA universities and building research capacity for the Brightwater Care Group.
Associate Professor Bulsara has approximately 30 publications including 3 book chapters, supervised more than 16 HDR students and continues to teach research methods to postgraduate students at the University of Notre Dame.
Phone: (08) 9433-0602
Dr Paola ChiversPhD, GradDipFET, BSc(Hons)
Dr Chivers' research interests are in the area of child and adolescent health with a particular emphasis on motor control, disability, education and obesity. Her current research centres on bone mineral density and movement difficulties, specifically Developmental Coordination Disorder. She completed her doctoral studies in adolescent obesity working with the internationally renowned Raine Study in which she utilised epidemiological research methodology to explore causal pathways to obesity through statistical modelling. These investigations identified possible early preventive health measures that could be targeted to reduce the risk of obesity in adolescence. In 2010 she was awarded the RACGP Best Student Presentation Award at the PHCRED WA Annual Research Conference with a presentation translating her research results into practice for General Practitioners.
Drawing on these experiences, and working closely with Professor Max Bulsara, Paola now provides research and biostatistics training and advice to HDR students and staff in one-to-one sessions and numerous workshops across the country. Her enthusiastic and insightful teaching manner saw her win the 2015 University of Notre Dame Professional Development Award.
Paola is an Early Career Researcher with over a dozen publications and co-supervising a number of Masters and PhD students.
Phone: (08) 9433-0602
Ms Louisa Smith
Louisa has been with the Institute for Health Research since early2010. During that time she has been the Executive Officer to two Directors and played a major role in its growth and success. She provides enormous support to IHR staff and researchers by working with other parts of the organisation to manage their research grants, staff payroll, travel arrangements, statistical workshops, publication lists and research student accommodation. Louisa is also part of the organising committee for the International DCD12 Conference and the Broome-based Mabu Liyan Conference which are both to be held in 2017.
Louisa brings with her a wide range of commercial experience having started her professional life working in the banking sector and more recently working with a senior executive in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.
Phone: (08) 9433-0105
Professor Beth HandsPhD, MEd, GDipEd Studies, BSocWk, BEd
Beth has undertaken research involving children and adolescents for over two decades. Prior to being the Inaugural Director of the IHR, Beth was Associate Dean, Health and Physical Education in the School of Health Sciences at Notre Dame. Today, she continues her research as a Senior Research Scholar working with her team of HDR students, her post-Doc Dr Adam Wigley, and is a driving force for organizing the next International Developmental Coordination Disorder Conference to be held here in Fremantle in 2017.
She was the Project Director of the WA Child and Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey 2003 (WA CAPANS) conducted by the University of Notre Dame Australia for the Premier’s Physical Activity taskforce and is an Honorary Research Fellow with the Telethon ICHR.
Beth’s research output includes numerous books or book chapters, over 70 refereed journal articles, 2 book reviews, 12 research reports, 5 professional publications, 4 audio-visual publications and 1 CD-ROM. In addition, she has presented papers at 67 international conferences, 62 national or state conferences, given 6keynote addresses and been an invited speaker on 32 occasions. Professor Hands has been on 20 grants totalling over $5 million, including 3 NHMRC grants.
Phone: (08) 9443-0206
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
Associate Professor Jillian SwaineBSc (Hons) (OT), Grad Cert Public Health, PhD Candidate)
Jillian is an occupational therapist who graduated from Queen's University in Canada before undertaking postgraduate training at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Calgary. She has worked in the fields of assistive technology for 25 years and specialised in posture, seating, mobility and pressure care for the last 15 years. She immigrated to Australia in 2006 and lectured at Curtin University in the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work.
Presently, she is an Associate Professor in the IHR where she pursues her research interests of knowledge translation for clinicians and self-management/behaviour change for individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families. She is the Principal investigator on a $1.6 million NHMRC grant that has a complimentary research project with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the Rick Hansen Institute in Canada. Her research models the risk factors, such as posture, postural control, stress and strain in the soft tissues, comfort and community participation, with the development of pressure injuries in individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Jillian was awarded the Australia-Israel Scientific Exchange Foundation’s Fellowship for research in an Israeli Research Laboratory for 2011 and several research awards for her team’s seminal work in risk modelling, developing innovative biotechnology screening protocols and preventing pressure injuries using behaviour change frameworks for individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Phone: (08) 9433-0206
Dr Aime PowellPhD, MExSc, BExSc
Aime is an early career researcher working at the IHR and also the Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre located at St John of God Subiaco Hospital. Aime works collaboratively with Adjunct Professor Paul Cohen as they are both committed to and passionate about undertaking research initiatives that explore improving health outcomes for women diagnosed with and treated for gynaecological cancers.Aime’s recent research interests have investigated GP awareness and compliance of national screening guidelines, development of malignancies following abnormal cervical screening results and patient outcomes following different surgical modalities.
Aime has 8 publications in peer reviewed journals, had her work presented at local, national and international conferences and currently co-supervising a number of medical Masters by Research students.
Phone: (08) 9433-0206
Dr Dana HincePhD (Dist), BSc (Hons)
Following a double major with honours in Psychology, Dana completed her PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience (UWA) in 2005. From an animal model of Schizophrenia (PhD studies), to psychopharmacology of anxiety (University of Bristol and UWA), and various topics in primary health care research (Notre Dame, Fremantle), Dana’s research experience is varied to say the least. It has been her passion for research design and data analysis that has enabled her to move easily between these fields, and resulted in 17 publications over a period of 4.5 years (full time equivalent).
After much deliberation, Dana decided to return to study to further develop her skills in research design and analysis, and in 2016 began her Master in Biostatistics through Macquarie University and the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia.
Dana will be working closely with Professor Max Bulsara to provide research design and analysis support and advice to HDR students and staff at Notre Dame.
Phone: (08) 9433-0206
Ms Angela JacquesBSc, PGrad Dip Sci, Grad Cert HlthSci, M Biostats
Angela’s first degree was from Murdoch University in mathematics and computing after which she completed a postgraduate diploma in science (research) at UWA. Since then she has developed her statistical skills by completing a graduate certificate in health science (epidemiology and biostatistics) before progressing to completing a Master in Biostatistics from the University of Sydney through the Biostatistics Collaboration Australia in 2010.
During the last ten years Angela has undertaken a wide range of biostatistical consulting roles that include provision of biostatistical expertise at KEMH, Women and Infants’ Research Foundation, Telethon Kids Institute, Raine Study, School of Population Health (UWA), Curtin School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science and directly to many individual clinical researchers. She has contributed to approximately 20 publications. This, combined with her teaching experiences at tertiary level, makes her well placed to advise health researchers in study design, data collection and statistical analysis.
Phone: (08) 9433-0206
Dr Elissa BurtonPhD, MBus, BSc (1st Class Honours)
Elissa is an early career researcher who was recently awarded a Collaborative Research Network (CRN) funded part-time Research Fellowship position at the IHR with Associate Professor Anne-Marie Hill and Prof Jim Codde.
Her research focuses on using physical activity to help older people to live independently for as long as they choose. She has also recently completed a project assisting carers of people with Dementia and has been looking at the benefits and barriers to older people participating in strength training. She has also completed a number of studies on falls prevention with home care clients.
Elissa has published 19 peer reviewed articles and has almost $750,000 in grant funding. She is currently supervising two Honours students and one PhD student.
Phone: (08) 9266-4926
A/Prof Katrina SpilsburyPhD, BSc, GradDipPH, MBiostats
Katrina is an experienced population health researcher and biostatistician. She has over 17 years’ experience using population-level linked data to investigate the epidemiology and patient health outcomes across a diverse range of health-related research projects.
She has been a member on the WA Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) member since 2009 (including 3 years as Deputy Chair); reviewer for the Curtin University HREC since 2008; member of the Scientific Committee of the International Data Linkage Conference 2012 held in Perth and abstract reviewer for 2016 International Data Linkage Conference held in Swansea, UK. She has co-supervised numerous Honours, Masters and PhD students over her career.
She has over 90 publications that include 73 published journal research articles, and 17 journal published conference proceedings and one book chapter. She has published internationally in biological sciences, clinical and public health journals. Katrina has been an investigator on successful research funding applications totalling $1.8 million.
Phone: (08) 9266-0859
Dr Louise StewartPhD, BSc, GradDipPH, BSc(Hons)
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. 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).
Her research has explored the risk of death in prisoners after release from jail but more recently examined 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 is a co-investigator on an NHMRC funded grant: “IMPROVE - Investigating Medication re-Purposing to Reduce risk of OVarian cancer and Extend survival”.
Louise has approximately 20 publications in recent years and will help expand the amount of gynaecological cancer research being undertaken within the IHR, with a special focus on the use of linked data.
Phone: (08) 9266-0602