Investigators

Professor Kirsten Howard
University of Sydney

Email: kirsten.howard@sydney.edu.au
Professor Kirsten Howard is Professor of Health Economics in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Her research focuses on methodological and applied health economics research predominantly in the areas of assessment of patient and consumer preferences using discrete choice (DCE) methods as well as in economic evaluation, and modelling. She has led the economic evaluations of a large number of intervention trials in kidney disease and falls prevention interventions, and has conducted many discrete choice experiments of patient and consumer preferences in areas as diverse as cancer screening, including benefit harm trade-offs, labour induction, aged care services, exercise interventions for older people, dialysis services and organ donation and allocation policy.


Professor Gail Garvey
Menzies School of Health Research

Email: gail.garvey@menzies.edu.au
Professor Gail Garvey, a Kamilaroi woman from NSW is currently Senior Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Division Leader, Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research. Professor Garvey leads work in psychosocial aspects of cancer care for Indigenous Australians. She developed and validated a new tool to measure the unmet support needs of Indigenous cancer patients and is currently translating this tool in cancer centres across Australia. Professor Garvey’s strengths lie in her leadership, nationally and internationally and her collaborative approach to bringing key stakeholders, such as Indigenous consumers, researchers, and clinicians together to achieve common goals. 


Professor Julie Ratcliffe
Flinders University

Email: julie.ratcliffe@flinders.edu.au
Professor Julie Ratcliffe is a health economist with significant expertise in the measurement and valuation of quality of life, economic evaluation and the translation of research findings into policy and practice. Professor Ratcliffe holds numerous academic and policy relevant appointments:  including Professor of Health Economics, Flinders University of South Australia, Honorary Professor of Health Economics, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield (UK); Head, Flinders Health Economics Group, Flinders University of South Australia; Chair, Flinders Centre for Clinical Change and Health Care Research, Flinders University of South Australia; Expert Health Economist Member, South Australian Policy Advisory Committee on Technology (SAPACT).


Professor Allison Tong
University of Sydney

Email: allison.tong@sydney.edu.au
Professor Tong is an internationally recognised social scientist. She is the lead-author of two seminal reporting guidelines for qualitative health research guidelines for qualitative research (Consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research [COREQ], Enhancing transparency in reporting the synthesis of qualitative health research [ENTREQ], both endorsed by prominent international biomedical journals and by the Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research (EQUATOR) network as key reporting guidelines.


Professor Joan Cunningham
Menzies School of Health Research

Email: joan.cunningham@menzies.edu.au
Professor Cunningham is a social epidemiologist with substantial expertise in the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. Her core focus is on equity in health and health care, and she has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research, as well as in data development. She currently co-leads (with Professor Garvey) a multi-million dollar Centre of Research Excellence on improving cancer care for Indigenous patients, and holds a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship.


Professor Alan Cass
Menzies School of Health Research

Email: alan.cass@menzies.edu.au
Professor Cass is Director of the Menzies School of Health Research. He has an extensive track record in the conduct of clinical and health services research, with a focus on chronic disease prevention and management in Indigenous health. He has expertise in intervention and cohort studies, qualitative research especially in Indigenous health (Sharing the True Stories, the IMPAKT Study and Kanyini Qualitative Study) exploring wellbeing and quality of life for Indigenous Australians with kidney disease. He is a member of the NT Department of Health Clinical Council and Research Committee. He regularly consults for governments to develop strategies for chronic disease prevention and management, especially in relation to better addressing the health and social needs of Indigenous Australians.


Dr Lisa Whop
Menzies School of Health Research

Email: lisa.whop@menzies.edu.au
Dr Whop is a descendent of the Goemulgal people of Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait. She is a Research Fellow in the Epidemiology and Health Systems Division at the Menzies School of Health Research. Her research interests include record-linkage and the use of ‘big data’, reducing the burden of preventable disease (namely cervical cancer) on Indigenous people and epidemiological methodologies.  Dr Whop’s key motivation is improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her research to date has focused on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer.


Dr Michelle Dickson
University of Sydney

Email: michelle.dickson@sydney.edu.au
Dr Dickson is an Australian Aboriginal (Darkinjung/Ngarigo) academic in the Sydney School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney. She is the Director of Teaching and Learning, Course Director and Senior Lecturer on the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion Program, teaching graduate studies to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health professionals. She has particular interest in community development, health empowerment and bringing education and community into the same place at the same time. In addition to community health experience, she has a strong background in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, employment, teaching, research, development and evaluation. Dr Dickson has a particular interest in workforce development in the health sector. She has worked clinically in mental health and wellbeing, specifically in the alcohol and other drug sector and in health promotion with children, families and in school communities.


Professor Rosalie Viney
University of Technology – Sydney

Email: Rosalie.Viney@uts.edu.au
Professor Viney is Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at the University of Technology Sydney.  She has extensive experience in health economics, health services and health policy research.  Her research interests include health technology assessment and priority setting, measurement and valuation of quality of life and health outcomes, consumer preferences for health and health care, evaluation of health policy, and the impact of funding arrangements on utilisation and outcomes of health care.  


Professor John Rose
University of Technology – Sydney

Email: John.Rose-1@uts.edu.au
Professor Rose is Professor and founding Director of the Business Intelligence & Data Analytics (BIDA) Research Centre in the UTS Business School.  Professor Rose’s research interest lies primarily in the area of modelling of behavioural agents in decision making, with a particular focus on understanding infrastructure planning. This includes large scale infrastructure projects of national interest, such as projects within the transport, telecommunications and energy sectors.