Associate Professor Ilana Ackerman
Symposium: Translating research into practice

Associate Professor Ilana Ackerman is a senior musculoskeletal researcher in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and an experienced physiotherapist.  Her research program includes clinical and epidemiological studies that aim to quantify the personal and societal burden of osteoarthritis, and optimise patient care through efficient outcome assessment.  Ilana has been awarded a range of competitive grants and prizes for her research, and has published widely.  Her projects involve cross-disciplinary collaboration, with a strong focus on stakeholder engagement and research translation.  In addition to her research activities, Ilana has been involved in the development of the Victorian Osteoarthritis Hip and Knee Service, the ICHOM Standard Set for Osteoarthritis, Australian Clinical Care Standards for Osteoarthritis and the Victorian Model of Care for Osteoarthritis. She is also an osteoarthritis expert for the Global Burden of Disease Studies.  Ilana is a Section Editor and Editorial Board member for the Journal of Physiotherapy, the top-ranked international physiotherapy journal, and an Editorial Board member for Arthritis Care & Research.

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Mr Andrew Currie
Symposium: Quality and research in Private Health

Prior to joining Healthscope in 2011, Andrew was the Managing Director of Clear Outcomes Pty Ltd since 2000.  He was formerly the CEO of Geelong Private Hospital, Christo Road Private Hospital and Port Macquarie Private Hospital.  Andrew has also held board positions with many hospitals and has advised on numerous hospital-redevelopment projects.

Hospitals State Manager VIC/TAS
Professor Robin Daly
Student research higher degree symposium

Professor Robin M. Daly, PhD, FSMA, holds the position of Chair in Exercise and Ageing within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. His research has focused on the integration of exercise physiology and nutrition as a means to both prevent disease and improve health outcomes across the lifespan, particularly in older adults. He has designed and completed many human clinical and translational intervention trials to prevent and manage common chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia, falls and fractures as well as type 2 diabetes and cognitive related disorders. He is also interested in health issues related to vitamin D deficiency (and treatment), dietary protein and chronic low-grade systemic inflammation. He has been an active contributor nationally and internationally to clinical guidelines in the area of exercise, calcium and vitamin D for osteoporosis and fracture prevention. He is a fellow of Sports Medicine Australia, a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of Osteoporosis Australia and a council member of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.

Chair of Exercise and Ageing, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health
Dr Caroline Fisher
Symposium: Culture, diversity, access and equity

Dr Caroline Fisher is the Psychology Advisor at Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Chief Neuropsychologist at The Melbourne Clinic. She has a doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology and clinical expertise in the areas of psychiatry and learning disorders. She has research associations with   teams at the Brain Disorders Program (Austin Health), Orygen The Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and the Child and Youth Mental Health Service at Eastern Health. Dr Fisher’s research focuses on expanding clinical knowledge of patient populations and improving patient care. She has published research in a variety of areas including Huntington’s disease, mental health disorders, language disorders and dementia.

Psychology Advisor at Royal Melbourne Hospital
Chief Neuropsychologist at The Melbourne Clinic
Professor Terry Haines
Student research higher degree symposium

Prof Terry Haines is the Director of the Monash Health / Monash University Allied Health Research Unit and is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship.  He has a background in physiotherapy and health economics and now leads a health services research program with a particular focus on care for older adults.  He has previously been president of the Australia New Zealand Falls Prevention Society, chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association – Physiotherapy Research Foundation Grants Review Committee, been convenor of the first Victorian Allied Health Research Conference, and Scientific Committee Co-chair of the National Allied Health Conference.

Director, Allied Health Research Unit, Monash Health
Director of Research, Southern Physiotherapy Clinical School, Monash University
Professor Teresa Iacono
Symposium: Rural health innovations

Teresa Iacono is an experienced speech pathologist, educator and researcher, with a focus on severe communication impairment in people with developmental disabilities across the lifespan.  She has contributed to international research in communication in young children with disability, augmentative and alternative communication, and health and mental health in people with developmental disabilities. Her current research is in people with cognitive disability accessing mainstream health systems, translating evidence-based early intervention into community settings, and developing digital literacies to prepare health undergraduates to work in a technology-enabled health care system.

Professor of Rural and Regional Allied Health
La Trobe Rural Health School, College of Science, Health and Engineering
Professor Christine Imms
Symposium: Disability and enablement

Professor Christine Imms is National Head of School of Allied Health, Professor of Occupational Therapy and Director of the Centre for Disability and Development Research at the Australian Catholic University. Christine has a long-standing interest in enhancing the participation of children and youth in the presence childhood-onset disability through investigations of longitudinal outcomes, the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions, development of measures, and translation of research to practice. Her track record includes more than $6.5M in grant funding and over 70 peer reviewed publications.

Professor of Occupational Therapy | Head of Allied Health | Director, CeDDR
Australian Catholic University
Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos
Symposium: Public health: diet, exercise, lifestyle

Catherine is a recognised leader in Dietetics and has international standing as a leader in Mediterranean diet research. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, the deputy chair of the Australian Dietetics Council, and is the founding head of the department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at La Trobe University. Her current role is Head of School of Allied Health at La Trobe University where she leads 11 allied health disciplines. Catherine’s specific research area of interest is Mediterranean diet studies focussing both on migration impact on diet and lifestyle and chronic disease risk and dietary clinical intervention trials using the traditional Cretan Mediterranean diet (and elements of) as intervention models in the prevention and management of metabolic syndrome, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and more recently mental health. Catherine has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications with 740 citations, has authored an RACGP HANDII Guideline on Mediterranean Diet in CHD management (May 2014), has co-edited a Nutrition textbook, and has published 2 Mediterranean Diet Cookbooks (The Mediterranean Diet 2013, The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook 2015).

Head of School of Allied Health | Professor of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
La Trobe University
Professor Lynette Joubert
Symposium: Mental Health

Professor Lynette Joubert is Director of the Practice Research Program in Health and Mental Health in the Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne.  She contributes pedagogical principles and practice skills in the field of health and mental health social work through translational, practice based, empirical research. Her research agenda examines theoretical concerns about the contribution of psychosocial factors to health and mental health: most significantly in the areas of suicide prevention, dementia and oncology, with a specific focus on the significance of social determinants as risk factors for chronic disease.

Director of the Practice Research Program in Health and Mental Health
Melbourne School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
Professor Mei Krishnasamy
Symposium: Chronic disease management

Mei is Chair in Cancer Nursing at the University of Melbourne and the VCCC  and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Olivia Newton John Cancer, Wellness and Research Centre and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne. Until January 2016, she was Executive Director of Cancer Nursing and Allied Health at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre where she had strategic responsibility for specialist and advanced practice nurses and allied health clinicians. She is chief investigator on several national and international research projects that focus on improving patient experiences of cancer care and has a particular interest in the relationship between patient experience and health outcomes. She sits on several national expert cancer policy committees, including Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Australia.  Mei is currently President of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and past President of the Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.

Chair in Cancer Nursing|Department of Nursing
University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research 
Ms Katherine Lawler
Symposium: Consumer collaboration

Kate is a physiotherapist with clinical experience in aged care and rehabilitation, in Victoria and Tasmania. She is currently completing a PhD through La Trobe University investigating models of care for physiotherapy service provision in the Transition Care Program. In particular, she is evaluating the effectiveness of involving families in physiotherapy. She is passionate about genuine person centred care, and the rights of older people to make their own decisions in the health care setting.

Grade 4 Physiotherapist – Aged & Complex Care
Eastern Health
Ms Donna Markham
Symposium: Leadership and mentoring

As a qualified Occupational Therapist Donna has worked in the health care sector for approx 14 years. Over the last 7 years she has rapidly progressed her career and most recently has been working with the CEO of a large public health service providing advice and strategic direction for the organisation. Donna has been in a variety of senior management and leadership roles and was honoured to become a finalist for the Telstra Victorian Young Business Women’s Award in 2014. Donna is passionate about practicing authentic and genuine leadership which ultimately results in providing the best care for clients and patients. Donna also invests time in the development and mentoring of others to support them to have the confidence to reach their full potential and be brave enough to make the most of opportunities presented.

Advisor Chief Executive Affairs
Monash Health
Ms CaraJane Millar
Symposium: Novel Allied Health models

CaraJane’s early career experiences working in a rural and semi-remote health service forced her to think differently about best practice allied health care, to critically analyse a situation and determine the most appropriate course of action given limited resources, access and time.  CaraJane has worked in academia, hospitals, community health, philanthropy, social justice, CALD and refugee health, state government and currently is the Allied Health Manager – Language Services and Workforce Innovation at Alfred Health.  CaraJane has spoken and published nationally and internationally and is currently involved in a study with DEFAT on Global Citizenship and the effect of Social entrepreneurship on undergraduate Speech Pathologists and Social workers as a part of her academic role at La Trobe University.  CaraJane’s Master in Health Management changed her thinking in project planning and design and her post graduate training in coaching has cemented her intrinsic value of empathy and investing in people.  All of the above combined makes CaraJane and person centred, dynamic and critical thinker that has developed many innovations to date that are being utilised nationally.

Manager of Language Services
Alfred Health
Mr Dean Raven
Symposium: Public Health workforce innovations

Dean is the Director, Health & Human Services Workforce at the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services and leads strategy, planning and program delivery to build Victoria’s future health and human services workforce. This includes workforce development from undergraduates through to specialists – and workforce innovation and reform.  Prior to moving to this role, Dean spent 3 years managing residential aged care policy and programs in the department, and before that was Manager of the Medical Workforce Unit.  Dean is the Director, Health & Human Services Workforce at the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services and leads strategy, planning and program delivery to build Victoria’s future health and human services workforce. This includes workforce development from undergraduates through to specialists – and workforce innovation and reform.  Prior to moving to this role, Dean spent 3 years managing residential aged care policy and programs in the department, and before that was Manager of the Medical Workforce Unit. 

Director, Health & Human Services Workforce
Victorian Department of Health & Human Services
Dr Cylie Williams
Symposium: Education

Cylie is the Community Health and Allied Health Research Lead at Peninsula Health. She is an adjunct post-doctoral research fellow at Monash University and the University of South Australia. As a podiatrist, much of her research has focused on paediatric lower limb conditions. More recently she has been part of, or lead health services research and continues to support clinicians to embed research into their everyday practice. Cylie has attracted over $1.3M in research funding in the last 5 years. She has over 35 publications on diverse topics such as oral health of acutely unwell patients, impact of smoke free policies on the smoking behaviours of health care staff and understanding the research capacity and culture of Allied Health in Victoria. In 2015 she was a Biomed Research Victoria, Early Career Clinician Researcher Award commendee.

Community Health and Allied Health Research Lead, Peninsula Health