NAHC 2015 Organising Committee

Petra Bovery-Spencer

Manager Primary Intervention, Latrobe Community Health Service
As a long standing member of SARRAH I have a strong and passionate commitment to Australians living in rural and remote communities. Allied health professionals working in these communities have a pivotal role not only to provide their specific services but also to ensure members of their communities have health outcomes equal to their city counterparts. My particular interest is innovative development of workforce and service models using an evidence base that deliver improved outcomes.

Kelly-Ann Bowles

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Allied Health Research Unit
Monash University/Monash Health
Kelly-Ann's background is in Exercise Science, with a focus in Biomechanics. Exercise Science is a very new area to Allied Health, with many aspects of biomechanics relevant for numerous disciplines including Physiotherapy, OT, Podiatry, and Exercise Physiology. In her current role she works very closely with Allied Health Clinicians, fostering an understanding and passion for research. She is passionate about involving clinicians in research as their experience and knowledge greatly adds to the relevance of the research and the translation into health settings.

Dr Rosalie Boyce

Associate Professor (Adj)
University of Queensland (School of Pharmacy, Hon); University of Southern Queensland (Centre for Health Sciences Research, Hon); Director, Rosalie Boyce Consulting
Rosalie's research interests are in the management, organisation and governance of allied health. She is interested in how leadership, workforce reform and the development of the ‘allied health’ identity contributes to innovation, service development and strategic influence at national and international levels.

Stephen Duns

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Sonographers Association
Stephen is an experienced health and human services executive, consulting advisor, bioethicist and coach in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. His experience includes several Chief Executive Officer and general management roles in teaching hospitals, primary health care and social and community services in Australia and the UK. He has been involved in consulting assignments in the field of social justice and human rights in the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia.
Stephen holds a Doctorate in Business Leadership, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Letters (Psychology) and Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy). He is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Psychology at Deakin University, Senior Fellow of the Australian Graduate School of Leadership Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service managers.

Anne Harrison

Manager Physiotherapy Services
Werribee Mercy Hospital
Anne Harrison is a physiotherapist with over 25 years clinical experience and 18 years health management experience. She is currently Manager of Physiotherapy at Werribee Mercy Hospital, Melbourne. She has a particular interest in allied health workforce planning. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy, a Master of Health Administration and she is currently a Doctor of Physiotherapy candidate.

Ben Keith

Senior Dental Professional Officer
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Ben  is dental practitioner with extensive experience in clinical dentistry, dental regulation, education, policy, public health and advocacy.  He is the senior professional dental officer at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, a adjunct senior lecturer at La Trobe University, chair of the Continuing Professional Development Committee at the Victorian Branch of the Australian Dental Association (ADA), member of the Continuing Professional Development Committee of the ADA Federal, chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the ADA National Congress, a Council member of the ADA Victorian Branch and an examiner for the Australian Dental Council.  Ben was the Clinical Director of Dentistry and Oral Health at La Trobe University and was part of a team that established and gained accreditation for Australia’s first rural dental school which assisted in not only education but in providing services to improve the oral health of Victorians in regional and rural areas.  He has worked as a clinician at Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative in Mooroopna and established and worked in two oral health clinics in central Myanmar.  Ben holds a Masters in Public Health and is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Anna Leditschke

Senior Policy Officer
Indigenous Allied Health Australia
Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) was established in 2009 and is a national not for profit, member based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation. Our purpose is to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and influence generational change, through national allied health leadership, building a culturally responsive workforce, advocacy, partnerships and support across the multiple sectors that influence health and wellbeing.

David Lescai

Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services
As part of the Allied Health Workforce team, David manages a number of projects and initiatives in the fields of: policy innovation, research, stakeholder management, communications and events. With a background in health sciences and business, David utilises a systems thinking approach to deliver quality products and outcomes.
David's primary interest is to enhance the profile of allied health professions, both within the health workforce and outward to the broader community. In doing this, he seeks to elevate allied health's role and utilisation in the consumer healthcare continuum, and increase their prevalence in governance structures.


Dr Jackie Martin-Kerry, PhD

Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Oral Health Research
Dental Health Services Victoria
Jackie is a medical scientist with experience working in health care, government, academia, and research. Her current role is research fellow within the Centre for Applied Oral Health Research at Dental Health Services Victoria. In previous roles, she has successfully developed health policy documents and published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals on a range of topics from health workforce and health care resources, improving dental outcomes for Victorians, and developing and implementing methodology to measure health data quality. She is also passionate about teaching histopathology, physiology, anatomy and pharmacology.





David Meade

Manager Allied Health and Ambulatory Rehabilitation Services
South West Healthcare
David is responsible for leading and developing the Allied Health workforce at South West Healthcare in regional Victoria.  A Speech Pathologist by background David completed his Masters in health Science in 2011, specialising in Stroke Management.  With a wide and varied background in clinical leadership roles and strategic planning, David is passionate about delivering accountable, efficient and innovative Allied Health and rehabilitation services.   David’s broader interests include health workforce redesign, health services leadership and rural and regional healthcare delivery.



Dr Genevieve Napper

Lead Optometrist Aboriginal Services
Australian College of Optometry and Board Member Optometry Victoria
Genevieve Napper works as Lead Optometrist Aboriginal Services at the Australian College of Optometry and has been involved in providing eye care at Aboriginal community controlled health services for over 10 years. Genevieve has a long term interest in improving eye care access for communities in need and through her work at the Australian College of Optometry participates in clinical education of optometry students, mentoring of new graduate optometrists and providing specialist services in ocular diseases and low vision. Genevieve also contributes to national and state policy and service developments through participation in the Vision 2020 Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander committee and the Optometry Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Working Group and Low Vision Working Group. Genevieve is a Board Member of Optometry Victoria.

Peter Nuttman

Imaging Operations Manager, Melbourne Health
With management experience in both public and private health settings, Peter is passionate about Medical Imaging and the important role it plays as part of the Allied Health team in optimising patient care and outcomes. His particular interests lie in delivering best value and innovative imaging services that provide great outcomes for patients. With a belief this can be best achieved by health services working collaboratively together to share ideas, expertise and benchmarking. 


Kathleen Philip

Chief Allied Health Advisor
Department of Health and Human Services
Appointed to the role of Chief Allied Health Advisor of Victoria in 2013, Kathleen completed qualifications in Public Health and Health Economics in 2005 before joining the department in 2007. Kathleen is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to Victoria's allied health workforce policy, as well as previously leading Victoria's new workforce reform implementation agenda as Manager, Workforce Innovations. Prior to joining the department, Kath practised as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist and was involved in establishing new service models and advanced practice physiotherapy roles in orthopedics, neurosurgery and emergency.

Olivia Rolfe

Associate Director Pharmacy Clinical Services
Eastern Health
Olivia has worked as a hospital pharmacist for over 15 years. Her main areas of interest include medicines information, training and education, practice based research and quality use of medicines. She is passionate about ensuring patients receive a clinical pharmacy services that meets their needs.


Dr Debra Schulz

Director of Community Services
East Grampians Health Service
Debra has recently commenced in Ararat where she is working with a wide range of allied health professionals. She is interested in leadership, workforce development and education and training. Building professional networks creates opportunities.






Catherine Stephens
Andrea Hurwood

Queensland Health


Meredith Swaby

Director Allied Health
Mercy Health Service
Meredith has many years’ experience as a clinician and then manager and director in community and public health services. She is committed to ensuring excellence in clinical care through research and innovation. Meredith is passionate about fostering strong teams and allied health leaders of the future.












NAHC 2015 Scientific Committee

Professor Terry Haines

Director, Allied Health Research Unit
Monash University & Monash Health
Prof Haines is a physiotherapist and health economist. He is a world leader in patient safety research and in conducting randomized trials of health service interventions. He has attracted over $15 million in research funding since 2005 and published over 170 peer-reviewed journal papers including lead or senior authored papers in The Lancet, BMJ, Archives of Internal Medicine, BMC Medicine and Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. He is a two-time winner of the NHMRC Achievement Award, a winner of the SACS Consulting Award for Leadership in the State Government Sector and is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship.

Mathew Jenkins

Senior Project Officer
Department of Health and Human Services
Mathew is Senior Project Officer with the Allied Health Workforce Team at the Department of Health and Human Services. He has previously held positions with the Commonwealth, Department of Industry and Department of Education, following completion of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the Department of Medicine (St Vincent’s Hospital) at the University of Melbourne.
His interests lie in understanding and supporting the health workforce, to ensure all Victorians have access to high quality healthcare. Mathew is passionate about advocating for the allied health workforce to ensure they are best placed to respond to the challenges facing our health system today and into the future.

Assoc Prof Pim Kuipers

Principal Research Fellow
Centre for Functioning and Health Research & Menzies Health Institute of Queensland
Pim has a joint government-university appointment, focused on aspects of allied health services research. He has interests in practice-based research and evidence, and am involved in a number of mentoring projects. Pim maintains an ongoing interest in community based rehabilitation and leprosy services in developing countries.


Dr Pazit Levinger

Senior Lecturer, Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation, Deputy Director Master of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation
Victoria University
Dr Levinger (B.Ed, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise & Rehabilitation, Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living (ISEAL), College of Sport and Exercise Science, Victoria University. Dr Levinger expertise in the area of quantitative gait analysis and clinical biomechanics of different population groups. Dr Levinger has developed extensive knowledge, skills and experience in the area of falls, gait and balance of individuals with knee osteoarthritis before and following knee replacement surgery.

Kerry May

Director of Allied Health
Monash Health
Kerry is an Allied Health Director at Monash Health. Her education includes a Bachelor of Podiatry, a Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training, a Master of Gerontology, and she is currently completing an Executive MBA. She has a keen interest in, and commitment to, lifelong learning, mentoring, analysis and management of risk, and utilising health data to deliver effective and efficient services for our community.


Helen McBurney

Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University

After more than 30 years as a full-time clinical and academic physiotherapist working in metropolitan and rural areas of Victoria, Helen is now working part-time in the field of allied health education. Her interests are in improving rural allied health practice and improving client outcomes.

Susan Nancarrow

Professor of Health Sciences
Southern Cross University
Susan Nancarrow is Professor of Health Sciences and Director of Research in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. She originally trained as a podiatrist, but has been working across disciplines as a health services researcher for nearly 15 years. She has a particular interest in health workforce research and reform, service delivery and organisation. Prior to working at Southern Cross University, Susan worked in Sheffield, in the UK for 10 years, examining workforce change in the NHS. Susan is particularly committed to regional and rural health issues and capacity building. She is currently leading a large project to map the allied health workforce in Victoria, and is evaluating three models of integrated primary health care within Northern NSW. Susan lives with her family on the far north coast of New South Wales and is a keen surfer in her spare time.


Jacinta Russell

Divisional Director – Clinical Support Services
Goulburn Valley Health
Jacinta is currently employed with Goulburn Valley Health as the Clinical Business Manager overseeing the Pathology, Medical Imaging and Pharmacy Departments. Prior to this role she was the Manager of Pathology Services having been a Medical Scientist and Microbiologist in my previous roles. Her experience is also as a Research Assistant and as an Educator. Jaconta's interests lie in public hospital health administration and clinical governance, business unit performance, innovative work-flows and ensuring allied health - science disciplines are well represented in policy development.




Dr Elizabeth Skinner

Allied Health Research Lead, Allied Health, Senior ICU Physiotherapist, Physiotherapy
Western Health
Elizabeth is the Allied Health Research Lead and Senior ICU Physiotherapist at Western Health. ICU is her clinical passion and she has worked as a physiotherapist in the area for over fifteen years. Elizabeth is also an early career health services researcher with over 35 publications including publications in Trials, Critical Care Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. She has received over $1 million in research funding and is a Chief Investigator on a jointly funded NHMRC-DoH Partnership project investigating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of weekend allied health services in acute medical and surgical wards. Her research interests include implementation science, economic evaluation and outcome measurement.



Michelle Smith-Tamaray

Lecturer, Speech Pathology Program
Charles Sturt University
Michelle has been working in the region of North East of Victoria since graduation, and at Charles Sturt University since 2005. She has a particular interest in rural health and equity issues, as well as ways of preparing clinicians for practice in these areas.

Margaret Sherburn

Head of the Physiotherapy Department
Royal Women's Hospital
Margaret is head of the Physiotherapy Department at the Royal Women’s Hospital and an academic in Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. In these roles she has research, teaching, clinical and managerial responsibilities. Her main areas of research are the conservative management of pelvic floor dysfunction in women with prolapse or incontinence, and the role of exercise for pre and postnatal women. She has been the recipient of two NH&MRC grants for large multicentre studies. She is a member of the Professional Practice Standards Committee for the Women’s Health section of the APA, and is on the Editorial Board of the Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal.


Bill Suen

Branch Director - Victoria
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Bill graduated from the Victorian College of Pharmacy. Key pharmacy management positions held include the general manager of a leading Victorian pharmacy and medical supply group, director of pharmacy services in a range of private and public hospitals, and community pharmacy manager and proprietor.  In 1996 he was appointed the director of pharmacy service of the first major healthcare network in Victoria.
He has been teaching pharmacy management at a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and was elected to the Victorian Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. He was also appointed as a board member of the Pharmacy Board of Victoria and concurrently serving as its examiner and penal member, as well as a National councilor of the Australia Pharmacy Council. He is currently the PSA Victorian Branch Director of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Allied Health.


Neville Turner

General Manager Business Systems and Development
Australian College of Optometry
Neville is currently the GM Business Systems and Development at the Australian College of Optometry, a not for profit organisation involved in research, education and clinical optometry care focused on disadvantaged Victorians. Neville graduated as an optometrist from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and begun work at the (then) Victorian College of Optometry as a Staff Optometrist. Over the years he has worked in many different areas of the organisation including managing a metropolitan clinic, involvement with low vision service provision, lecturing and clinical teaching.  Whilst working at the ACO Neville has completed further post graduate studies including a Certificate for the Rehabilitation of the Partially Sighted, a Post Graduate Diploma of Advanced Clinical Optometry and a Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics.  Over the past 15 years Neville has undertaken various management roles in the College with responsibilities for IT, reception, business, and dispensary services.
Neville has a clinical interest in the provision of low vision services and currently is responsible for ensuring the ACO is positioned to provide optometry services where their is unmet demand.

Leah Wiseman

Occupational Therapy manager Albury Wodonga Health
Adjunct Charles Sturt University
Leah's Clinical experience as an Occupational Therapist is in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. My PhD completed in 2008 focused on lived experience of retirement for Farmers and research since has included work on Allied Health Structure, AHA models of training and transitions for Adults with disability. For the past 6 years she has been Manager at Albury Wodonga Health and enjoy the challenge of leading a team of Occupational therapists working with clients across their entire health service journey. Leah is passionate about incorporating research into clinical practice.





NAHC 2015 Scientific Abstract Review Subcommittee

Ralda Bourne

Alfred Health - Caulfield Hospital

Kelly Anne Bowles

Monash University and Monash Health

Luke Butcher

Mission Australia

Annette Davis

Monash Health

Wendy Ducat

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Government

Bess Fowler

Child and Adolescent Health Service, Health Department, WA

Sandra Gates

Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne

Marcelle Ghaly

Western Health, Victoria

Catherine Giuliano

Western Health

Katherine Harding

Eastern Health

Desley Harvey

Queensland Health

Marani Hutton

South Metropolitan Area Health Service, WA

Glenda Kerridge

Eastern Health

Fiona McAlinden

Monash Health

Samantha Plumb

Melbourne Health

Mitchell Sarkies

Monash Health

Laurelie Wall

Queensland Health, The University of Queensland, Princess Alexandra Hospital

Pene Wood

Latrobe University and Barwon Medicare Local