Associate Investigators

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Associate Investigators

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Professor Richard I Lindley

An academic geriatrician at the University of Sydney with experience of conducting large scale randomised controlled trials in stroke, aged care, frailty and falls. He remains in hospital clinical practice (Blacktown Hospital) two days a week. He is the Co-Chair of the University of Sydney’s Lifespan Research Network that supports innovative new research for those in major life transitions such as the frail elderly. He is a mentor for the Science in Australia Gender Equity program.

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Professor Allison Tong

Professor at the Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney. Her main interest is in using applied qualitative research methods to the areas of chronic disease and disability to improve practice and policy for improved patient-centred outcomes. She has published reporting guidelines for primary qualitative research (COREQ) and systematic reviews of qualitative health research (ENTREQ) which are endorsed by the EQUATOR network and by international peer-reviewed journals.

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Professor Andrew Milat

Director, Evidence and Evaluation at the NSW Ministry of Health. Prof Milat is a leading authority on the scale-up of health interventions in complex health systems and his scalability framework will guide efforts to facilitate system-wide adoption of effective interventions implemented into policy and practice. With over 20 years experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative health policies and programs at national, state and local levels he has a unique appreciation of the interface between research and its adoption into policy and practice.

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Professor Vasi Naganathan

An academic at the University of Sydney, a Geriatrician at the Centre for Education and Research on Ageing and the Deputy Project Director of the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project. His research interests are wide including: health of older men, oral health, falls, fractures and osteoporosis, pharmacology in the older people and the application of evidence-based medicine to older people.

His research strength is his ability to collaborate with people from a variety of disciplines who share his passion and interest in conducting research that has the potential to improve the health and quality of life of older people.

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Dr Xenia Dolja-Gore

A NSW Health Prevention research fellow at the University of Newcastle and the project biostatistician for the Analysis for Policy program at the Sax Institute. Dr Dolja-Gore is a senior biostatistician, she has substantial experience using linked longitudinal health data to identify and analyse key areas of quality and efficiency in health service utilisation. She has very strong methodological skills, with a focus on data quality; with expertise in the analysis of treatment optimisation and identification of the delivery of health services. Dr Dolja-Gore has undertaken the application of systems theory methodology by using mathematical modelling techniques to frame, understand, and describe complex issues and problems to help with decision making in disease prevention.

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Professor Ian Harris

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the South Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW and is Honorary Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. As a clinician, his interest is in trauma surgery and this aligns with his academic activities, many of which focus on fractures in older people. He is co-chair of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry and is conducting multicentre randomised trials on wrist fractures and hip fractures in older people in Australia. He has extensive experience in clinical trials and clinical and teaching expertise in fall-related injuries in older people.

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Mr Matthew Jennings

Director of Allied Health at Liverpool Hospital, the Director of Physiotherapy, South Western Sydney Local Health District and Deputy Lead for the Musculoskeletal Health Clinical Academic Group, The Sydney Partnership for Health Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). He has a role in policy and practice as a member of the hospital executive, as Co-Chair of the NSW Agency of Clinical Innovation (ACI) Musculoskeletal Network and as member of the NSW Department of Health Physiotherapy Advisors Group. Mr. Jennings has led the multidisciplinary development, implementation and evaluation of a number of NSW care programs.

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A/Professor Patrick Kelly

Associate Professor in Biostatistics at the Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney and is the Program Director of the Masters of Biostatistics at The University of Sydney. He has extensive experience in developing and applying statistical methods to research in health and medicine. His main areas of research include randomised control trials especially cluster RCTs, survival analysis and analysing linked health services data for retrospective cohort studies.

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Professor Rob Herbert

NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia. He conducts clinical trials investigating the effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions as well as laboratory research into the mechanical properties of human muscles in health and disease. He is a Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy which developed and maintains the PEDro database.

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Dr Danielle Currie

A System Dynamics Modeller at The SAX Institute and a Research Fellow in Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney. Her work focuses on creating user friendly dynamic simulation models to help decision-makers gain insight of the complex public health problems they routinely encounter. Her research interests have included exploring population-level approaches to preventing communicable and non-communicable disease, building systems capacity through participatory model building, and improving the integration of evidence into public health decision-making processes.

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