Associate Professor Lisa Barnett

A/Prof Barnett had over 10 years in Health Promotion before entering academia. She completed a Bachelor in Social Science (Edith Cowan University), a Master’s in Public Health (University of New South Wales) and her PhD (2006-08, University of Sydney). She was then successful with prestigious research fellowships to engage in research full time: a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship from 2011-14, and an Alfred Deakin Research Fellowship from 2015-2016. Currently she is Course Leader of Honours in Health Promotion, Public Health and Health Science, Deputy Leader of the Health Undergraduate Team and a Member of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University. She is President Elect of the International Motor Development Research Consortium, and a Sports Medicine Australia Fellow. She is internationally recognized in the assessment of children’s actual and perceived movement skill competency and the relationship between these skills and health behaviours. She has a career total > 125 publications. She has been awarded close to 4 million dollars of research funding, including competitive, international and government. Recently she was one of the three lead investigators to develop the Australian Physical Literacy plan.

Why children’s fundamental movement skill development is important, how Aussie kids are doing and how allied health practitioners can help.

Professor Christine Bigby

Professor Christine Bigby is Director of the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University and Professor of Social Work. Her research is focused on the effectiveness of programs and policies that aim to support the social inclusion of people with intellectual disability in adulthood and later life. She has been particularly interested in system interfaces – informal and formal support, and mainstream and specialist services. She has published 6 book, 35 book chapters and over 135 peer reviewed journal articles. She has had continuous funding from the ARC for her research since 2004 as well as research funding from industry and state governments. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and was Editor of Australian Social Work from 2008-2013.

Enabling Hospitals to be more Inclusive and Responsive to People with Intellectual Disabilities and  Acquired Brain Injury

Professor Robin Daly

Professor Robin M. DalyPhD, 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, President-elect of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research, 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.

“Not just surviving, but thriving in a PhD and beyond!”

Professor David Dunstan

David is Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Baker Fellow. He also holds the position of Professor within the Centre for Exercise and Nutrition at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University. His research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, including publications in high impact journals such as Circulation, Diabetes Care and Diabetologia. Over the past 15 years David has extensive media interest in his research including interviews with ABC Catalyst, SBS Insight, 60 Minutes Australia, National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times and the LA Times.

Sitting less and moving more: A contemporary public health approach for the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes

Dr Catherine Granger

Dr Catherine Granger is a physiotherapist clinician-researcher with expertise in physical activity and exercise for cancer and cardiorespiratory patient populations. She is the Head of Physiotherapy Research at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a Senior Lecturer in the Physiotherapy Department at The University of Melbourne. She holds the inaugural Victorian Cancer Agency Clinical Research Fellowship for Nursing and Allied Health. Dr Granger has over 55 publications in peer review journals and obtained over $2 million in grant funding as a chief investigator for research projects, predominately in the area of physical activity and cancer. She is currently leading a randomised controlled trial investigating the benefit of an exercise and education self-management program for people undergoing surgery for lung cancer. Dr Granger is a strong believer in the dissemination of research findings having received numerous invitations to present at national and international conferences and being a regular host on the Sunday morning 3RRR radio program Einstein-A-Go-Go science show. In 2017 she was named the Victorian Tall Poppy Scientist of the Year and in 2018 she was named as one of the ABC’s Top 5 Scientists

The role of exercise and physical activity in cancer survivorship

Professor Terry Haines

Professor Terry Haines is Head of the School of Primary and Allied Health Care at Monash University. In this role he is responsible for a school with 6 departments, over 150 staff, and over 180 research higher degree students. He has a professional background in physiotherapy and health economics, and has worked in research roles imbedded within health services for over 15 years before commencing as the Head of School in 2017. He has previously worked in conjoint roles between the University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital, and between Monash University and Monash Health.

Prof Haines commenced his research in the area of falls prevention in the hospital setting, leading the first randomised trial to prevent falls in this context. Since then he has gone on to undertake a range of research projects across health care settings. He has now published over 250 peer reviewed manuscripts, supervised 18 PhD students through to completion and attracted over $21 million in research funding. He has twice been awarded the NHMRC Achievement Award (2010, 2014).

“Not just surviving, but thriving in a PhD and beyond!”


Professor Lynette Joubert

Lynette Joubert is a Professor of Social Work in the Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne.  She is an honorary professor at the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre and senior social work academic at NorthWest Mental Health.  She is Chair of the Practice Research Unit in the Department of Social Work and has a particular interest in promoting practice research through academic practitioner partnerships.  Her national and international research focus is characterised by evidencing the contribution made by social work to better outcomes for service users in health and mental health.

Scope, context and intervention: an audit of 554 mental health and health social workers in Victoria, Australia.

Dr Carol McKinstry

Following a career as an occupational therapist and as a senior management in clinical risk and quality improvement, Carol crossed over to academic while completing her PhD in 2005. Carol currently leads the La Trobe University’s Rural Health School Occupational Therapy Education Program based at the Bendigo Campus.  Carol teaches evidence-based practice and research subjects as well as coordinating project-based and service-learning placement subjects.  She is also Director of Learning and Teaching for the Rural Health School and Regional Academic Coordinator for the College of Science, Health and Engineering.  Her research is primarily focused on developing an allied health workforce to meet the challenges of the future, particularly for communities in rural and regional communities.  Increasing research capacity and use of evidence by allied health professionals is another focus of current research projects. Carol is currently Vice President of Occupational Therapy Australia, Chair of the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service and Bendigo Football Netball League boards, and board member of charities BEAM and CircusAid.

Playing the Strategic Game: Time for some quick wins.

Professor Meg Morris

Professor Meg Morris is a physiotherapist and Professor of Clinical and Rehabilitation Practice, a partnership with Healthscope hospitals.  Her strategic leadership in allied health research, education and clinical practice is evidenced by her role as inaugural chair of the Dept Health allied Health Therapy Research Network, where she has worked on policies and systems to embed a research culture in allied health. Professor Morris is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists and has a particular interest in allied health management of Parkinson’s disease, inter-professional practice, therapy outcomes, falls and disability.  She leads a large research team and has published more than 300 publications and has supervised more than 45 doctoral students and 5 postdoctoral students in allied health.

A New Policy Framework For Translating Allied Health Research Into Practice

Rebecca Power

Currently the Director, System Improvement, Innovation and Leadership, SCV, Rebecca has had a passion of innovation and improvement throughout her career, with a particular interest in system redesign, reducing fragmentation and supporting vulnerable communities. Driving this agenda in roles including Director of Allied Health, Strategy and planning manager and various manager roles in care coordination and HARP.

With a keen interest in the patient experience, Rebecca has published on topics including workforce redesign (using co design) and frequent presenters to emergency/ homelessness. Rebecca has a Masters of Health Administration, and eclectic training and experience in lean/ six sigma, IHI breakthrough collaborative model, executive coaching, co design and design thinking.

Demystifying Innovation: it’s in your reach

Professor Michal Schneider

Professor Michal Schneider works at the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. She is the Director of Research and Deputy Head of Department and newly appointed Allied Health Research and Translation Program Director for the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.

Pathways to success: The role of mentors in developing emerging researchers in Allied Health

Professor Nora Shields

Nora Shields is Professor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. Her research aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disability through participation in physical activity and exercise. She established the innovative, evidence-based FitSkills program to facilitate youth with disability to exercise with a student mentor at their local gym and currently leads a National Health and Medical Research Council research translation partnership project to develop this concept further.

Enabling exercise participation among adolescents and young adults with disability

Dr David Snowdon

David Snowdon is the Sub-acute Allied Health Research Lead at Peninsula Health and recently submitted his PhD thesis on the effectiveness of clinical supervision of allied health professionals. As a qualified Physiotherapist, he has worked in the healthcare sector for approximately 10 years.

David’s research has primarily investigated the effectiveness of clinical supervision in supporting allied health professionals and its effect on patient quality of care. He also has an interest in the translation of evidence into practice. In 2017/18 he was a successful recipient of the Felice Rosemary Lloyd scholarship, which afforded him the opportunity to tour McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and advance his knowledge in teaching evidence-based practice to healthcare professionals.

Clinical Supervision as an Evidence Translation Strategy

Adjunct Associate Professor Lisa Somerville

Lisa Somerville has held the role of the Director of Allied Health at Alfred Health since 2015 and was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Allied Health within the College of Science, Health and Engineering at Latrobe University in 2017.  Prior to this, Lisa was Associate Director Allied Health (2011-2015) and Manager of Occupational Therapy (2005-2011).  Lisa has led some large scale workforce projects across Alfred Health and Victoria.  Lisa was the Executive Sponsor for the STRIDE project, Senior Program Advisor for the Victorian Assistant Workforce Model (VAWM) and AHA implementation program.  This program was a Department of Health funded program that was implemented across Victoria by a team of project staff from Alfred Health and Monash Health.

Lisa graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and has also completed a Masters of Public Health (health management) at Monash University.

STRIDE; ‘Service To reduce Risk improve Independence and Decrease Emergency admissions’

Dr Cathy Vaughan

Dr. Cathy Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer (Gender and Women’s Health), and Acting Head of the Gender and Women’s Health Unit in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Vaughan is recognised in the international health and development sector for excellence in participatory research practice, and she currently leads the Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s university wide community-engaged research program.  Dr. Vaughan has experience with a range of participatory research methods, and has particular expertise in the use of Photovoice.  She has published extensively on participatory research methodology and on ethical issues arising in participatory research practice.  Her research focuses on gendered health inequalities, violence against women, and sexual and reproductive health; primarily working with women with disabilities, migrant and refugee women, and young people, in Australia and in diverse settings in Asia and the Pacific.


Strengthening health knowledge and action through engagement with diverse communities