Professor Julie Bernhardt

Professor Julie Bernhardt is a clinician researcher and Senior Principal Florey Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne. She also has a joint appointment as Professor physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

Julie has been working with people with stroke for 30 years. She is Head of the Stroke Division at The Florey and leader of the AVERT Early Intervention Research Program. Working in a large multidisciplinary team of researchers, the focus of Julie’s group is the development and testing of new, exercise and rehabilitation interventions that aim to reduce the burden of stroke related disability.

Julie is Australia’s leading stroke rehabilitation trialist, recently completing the largest, international trial of early mobility based rehabilitation ever conducted (AVERT), which included over 2000 patients from 8 countries.

Julie is also Director of the new NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery that outlines an interdisciplinary program of work from bench (discovery) to bedside (implementation) that aims to transform how we do stroke recovery research in Australia. Julie is also committed to improving the retention of women in science and she founded the Women in Science Parkville Precinct collective impact initiative.

Senior Principal Florey Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne
Professor Iona Novak

Professor Iona Novak is the Head of Research of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, based at the Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney University. Iona is a Fulbright Scholar and winner of the University of Sydney Award for Professional Achievement.

In 2005 she co-founded the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute with the Chief Executive Officer for the purpose of: research development and dissemination, leading to prevention, cure and reduction of adverse effects for those living with cerebral palsy.

Driven by an internal belief that healthcare truly has the potential to change lives, Iona has pursued projects and roles with the greatest possible impact on children and families today and tomorrow’s world. For example, leadership of the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register.

Iona has a background in occupational therapy, with a particular interest in neuroplasticity. Her PhD was completed at the University of Western Sydney, in the area of home program intervention for children with cerebral palsy.

In her current work, she has continued her research interest in evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, goal-directed training, botulinum toxin and population studies for cerebral palsy.

In the last 10 years she has given over 100 international and national keynotes and invited lectures and been award over $15mil in research grants funding.

Occupational Therapist.
Head of Research at Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, The University of Sydney.
Professor Euan Wallace

Professor Euan Wallace was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Safer Care Victoria in October 2016. Safer Care Victoria, a government initiative in the response to the Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance, is leading quality and safety improvement in Victorian public and private health services.

Professor Wallace is a senior clinician with extensive track records in academic medicine and health service delivery. Graduating from the Edinburgh Medical School, Professor Wallace completed his research and clinical training in Edinburgh before moving to Australia and joining Monash Health and Monash University in 1996.

Prior to his appointment to Safer Care Victoria, for the past 10 years at Monash Health Professor Wallace has been the Director of Obstetric Services, overseeing the growth of the Monash’s services to become Victoria’s largest maternity service and the home to one of two Victorian public homebirth programs. He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading experts in clinical governance and in safety and quality in maternity services.

Professor Wallace is also the Carl Wood Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University’s School of Clinical Sciences based at Monash Medical Centre.  He leads a perinatal medicine research group in the university’s Ritchie Centre and at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. His research interests are in fetal development, maternal health, stem cell biology and patient safety. He will continue his academic and research roles with Monash University.

Chief Executive Officer, Safer Care Victoria
Carl Wood Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University’s School of Clinical Sciences