The Centre of Research Excellence will unite the nation’s three major injury research programs, building on the strong existing research leadership, collaborations, networks and facilities among the CI's through the establishment of a National Communication Network. The Chief Investigators are international leaders in their respective research areas, but together, this team has the expertise and capacity required to make a meaningful impact on the burden created by road traffic crash injury. The CI's each have strong, long-term and highly productive collaborative links with relevant stakeholders including motor accident insurance commissions in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, clinical discipline bodies, health care systems, legal organisations and consumer networks. This collaboration across the three states provides the opportunity to compare the impact of different policy settings and practices on road traffic crash outcomes.
Over the past 15 years, the Chief Investigators have established themselves at the international forefront of injury research. They have focussed on: discovery of processes underlying poor health outcomes, prognosis, economic and system factors and effective primary health care in the community. The proposed collaboration provides an opportunity to transform the approach to these injuries from one of “wait, see and hope” with no systematic evaluation, to targeted early interventions designed to prevent the progression to chronic poor health.
Professor Michele Sterling
Professor Michele Sterling is the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Recovery Following Road Traffic Injuries and Associate Director of Recover Injury Research Centre. She is Professor in the Centre of Musculoskeletal Research and the School of Allied Health and a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow. She has a discipline background as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Her main focuses of research are: the physiological and psychological factors underlying musculoskeletal pain and injury; the prediction of outcome following whiplash injury and the clinical translation of research findings to clinical practice. She is a member of the Editorial Board of PLos One and is Associate Editor of the European Journal of Physiotherapy. Michele is Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Australian Pain Society.
Professor Ian Cameron
Professor Ian Cameron holds the Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Sydney and is Head of the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research. He is a clinician researcher with broad interests in rehabilitation, disability and ageing. Professor Cameron has an extensive track record of productive research with relevant stakeholders including Motor Accident Authority, NSW and the Lifetime Care and Support Authority, NSW. CI Cameron leads the research in NSW and will lead research on compensation systems, lawyer involvement and health outcomes. He has shared projects with researchers in Queensland and Victoria working in these areas.
Professor Kathryn Refshauge (OAM, FAHMS)Professor Kathryn Refshauge is Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney. She leads the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group with a particular focus on treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal pain, injury and disease. She maintains numerous state and national board appointments, and holds honorary professorships at several universities internationally. She is also known for her leadership in mentoring the next generation of allied health researchers and in pioneering policies and practices to improve the PhD experience. She has been awarded three awards for excellence in research supervision.
Professor Alex Collie
Professor Alex Collier is a Professor (Research) in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash. He has a PhD in psychology and has published over 100 journal articles, reviews and technical reports. He established the Victorian Compensation Research Database (CRD), a unique research platform now used internationally for Occupational Health and Safety, compensation system and return to work research. He currently holds competitive research grants as a Chief Investigator from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is a Churchill Fellow and recipient of a 2010 Australian Leadership Award.
Professor Danielle Mazza
Professor Danielle Mazza (MD, MBBS, FRACGP, DRANZCOG, Grad Dip Women’s Health, GAICD) holds the Chair of General Practice and is the Head of Department at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research is focused on improving the quality of care in general practice and she is a recognised leader in guideline development and implementation and in the development and trial of complex interventions in primary care settings. She has recently completed a large mixed methods study on the GP’s role in facilitating return to work for patients with compensable injuries (FIT to Work) and a national survey of GPs knowledge attitudes and practice in the management of road traffic crash injuries (GRIP).
Professor Luke Connelly
Professor Luke Connelly is Director of ACERH UQ and Associate Director of Recover Injury Research Centre. He will lead the health economics aspects of the research program. Professor Connelly has a deep understanding of the different third party insurance schemes in Australia and this expertise will be essential to ensure the uptake of the research findings of the CRE. Professor Connelly will contribute to the overall conduct of the CRE and its direction. He will contribute to the liaison with the Policy Advisory group particularly in relation to economic and compensation related issues and will advise relevant postdoctoral and PhD researchers.
Professor Elizabeth Kendall
Professor Elizabeth Kendall is Professor of Disability and Rehabilitation at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. Professor Kendall brings invaluable expertise to the Centre of Research Excellence in the areas of coping and adjustment following disability, psychosocial factors in disability, community based rehabilitation models and evaluation methodologies. She will lead the qualitative research areas, self-management interventions and community engagement. She will also be the lead Chief Investigators on research translation activities.
Professor Justin Kenardy
Professor Justin Kenardy is a clinical health psychologist and Deputy Director of the Centre for National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, and Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Psychology at the University of Queensland. Over 25 years of his academic career he has focused on the interface between psychological and physical health, preventative and novel intervention technologies, and regulation of affect.
Professor Graham Galloway
Professor Galloway leads the Biomedical MRI group at the University of Queensland and is Director of Operations, National Imaging Facility (NCRIS). Professor Galloway’s research career has always placed him at the forefront of developments in the field, from his first postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford University, coinciding with the arrival of the first whole body magnetic resonance system capable of performing MR spectroscopy, to leading the team to install the first 7T MRI in Australia. Professor Galloway will lead the physiological MRI studies of the CRE research.
Dr Bianca Brijnath
Bianca is a NHMRC Early Career Public Health Fellow in the Department of General Practice at Monash University. Her interests are in mental health and primary care and her disciplinary training is in medical anthropology, public health and primary health care. Since completing her PhD in 2010, Bianca has been involved in a number of mixed methods studies examining the GP-compensation injury nexus with a specific focus on mental health and return to work.
Dr Trudy Rebbeck
Dr Trudy Rebbeck is a NHMRC Research Fellow at the University of Sydney with appointments at the Faculty of Health Sciences and John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Sydney Medical School. Dr Rebbeck’s area of research and clinical expertise is in the development and implementation of best practice for the management of whiplash. She has 25 peer reviewed publications and over $4m in research grants. She has co-authored several clinical guidelines for whiplash and several implementation / translations trials which have resulted in a successful change of practise in primary care settings. Dr Rebbeck’s current research fellowship focuses on improving recovery for cervical spine disorders including people with whiplash, headache and neck pain. Her international profile results in her being frequently invited to present workshop and courses nationally and internationally in the area of cervical spine disorders.
Dr Genevieve Grant
Dr Genevieve Grant is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, where she is Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation. Genevieve is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research.
Genevieve has a PhD in public health and law, and experience working as an injury lawyer, in court administration and legal policy development in government. Her research uses socio-legal and empirical methods to investigate the impacts of compensation scheme design and change on system performance and claimant outcomes. She teaches across a range of areas including litigation and dispute resolution, health law and legal ethics. Genevieve is a graduate of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Program in Work Disability Prevention.