Meet our team of dedicated researchers
The IMeRSe project is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of renowned experts that are dedicated to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
PROFESSOR AMANDA WHEELER
Professor Amanda Wheeler is Professor of Mental Health at Griffith University. She has worked as a health practitioner, educator and researcher in mental health and pharmacy practice for almost 20 years. She is nationally and internationally recognised for her expertise in these areas. Her research focuses on quality improvement, professional practice, workforce development and capacity building. These themes come together with the common goal of improving outcomes for consumers and carers and are integrated across the full scope of her work.
DR JEAN SPINKS
DR FIONA KELLY
Dr Fiona Kelly is a Senior Lecturer of Pharmacy Practice at Griffith University with expertise in three key areas: (i) perspectives of pharmacy staff, health consumers and carers on person-centred care; (ii) innovative implementation strategies in pharmacies; and (iii) consumer views on, access to and use of non-prescription medicines. Fiona has co-authored 46 peer-reviewed publications, and was lead author of a publication exploring patient-centred care from the perspective of the consumer health organisations that support people alongside mainstream health providers.
More recent involvement in patient-centred research has encompassed exploration of associated needs amongst young people and consumers with mental health conditions and their carers. As an educator, Fiona has innovatively used the online repository of 25 000 video and audio clips of patient experiences created by Oxford University’s Health Experiences Research Group (healthtalk.org) to foster development of person-centred pharmacy students. In 2015, this work was presented at an international pharmacy education symposium and acknowledged by healthtalk.org.
DR ADRIAN MILLER
Professor Adrian Miller is of the Jirrbal people of North Queensland and is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University. Adrian has research and teaching interests predominantly in Indigenous education, health and social justice. He has worked in senior academic roles for a number of university organisations for more than 20 years. Adrian currently contributes significantly to the University’s research profile by providing leadership and management of the Indigenous Research Network.
Adrian has expertise in Indigenous affairs and cross-cultural communication and presented at national public health conferences. He has published his research findings in a number of international peer reviewed journals. Prior to joining Griffith University, Adrian was the Professor and Head of School at Southern Cross University and founding Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University, where he led overall strategy development and administration.
DR KERRY HALL
Dr Kerry Hall is Research Fellow at the School of Human Services. Kerry is an Aboriginal woman from Cape York Peninsula and has been an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse for more than 25 years, and is an Aboriginal Health Practitioner, with extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. Her PhD examined the incidence, predictors and outcomes of acute respiratory illness in urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged less than five years in the community. Kerry is also a member of the Centre for Children's Health Research QUT, Indigenous Research Reference Group and a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Expert Panel for Baby health outcomes ‘SISTAQUIT Trial’ CBMHR (Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research), School of Medicine and Public Health University of Newcastle. Her professional interests broadly include primary health care, community engagement, capacity building, health inequalities, and access to primary health care with a particular interest in cultural safety.
DR JIE HU
Dr Jie Hu is originally from China and has lived and worked in New Zealand, Singapore, and Australia. She is experienced in data management and analysis in public health and health services research projects. In the past two years, she has been working closely with health professions from Aboriginal health services and patients from Indigenous communities to evaluate a chronic disease self-management program.
DR LIZ KIATA-HOLLAND
Dr Liz Kiata-Holland is a social scientist working in primary health care research. Specialising in qualitative research she is experienced in inter-cultural mixed methods research. Living in an inter-cultural relationship for many years, Liz moved from New Zealand to Queensland in 2012 to stay near her close-knit family.
PROFESSOR PAUL SCUFFHAM
Professor Paul Scuffham joined Griffith University in 2006 as Professor in Health Economics and has since established the Centre for Applied Health Economics. He is the Director of Population and Social Health within the Griffith Health Institute.
His research interests span a wide range of issues including modelling costs and benefits of health care interventions; econometrics; public health (especially cardiology, mental health, injury prevention, vaccines and telemedicine); valuation of health outcomes; and comparing the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of health systems. He has specialist expertise in economic evaluation methods and modelling.
PROFESSOR ROBERT WARE
Robert Ware is the Professor of Biostatistics at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. Robert’s research expertise centres on the design and analysis of longitudinal cohort studies and, in particular, developing statistical methods to deal with the impact of attrition, missing data and non-compliance on effect estimators. As a consequence of his research program Robert has developed an extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of the design, conduct and analysis of cohort studies. He is the Chief Investigator responsible for statistical design and analysis on three NHMRC funded longitudinal cohort studies (total funding >$3.5 million). Robert has co-authored more than 230 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals covering topics including vaccine epidemiology, intellectual disability, paediatric respiratory medicine and cerebral palsy. His publications have appeared in top ranked international medical journals including Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet, as well as in leading specialist medical (Clinical Infectious Disease, Pediatrics, Chest, Critical Care Medicine), epidemiological (American Journal of Epidemiology and Annals of Epidemiology), and statistical (Statistics in Medicine) journals.
MS ANNI BOHN
Anni Bohn is a project manager with over 25 years’ experience in higher education sector management in Australia and Europe. Her international project management experience covers working with International aid organisations including the UN. She has strong skills in intercultural management and gender mainstreaming applied in international projects.
MR ROBERT JONES
Robert Jones is a project support officer with over 10 years’ experience in both Australia and North America. His experience covers working in the areas of higher education, government and logistics.