Speakers

Speakers

Alex Barratt

Alex Barratt is a Professor of Public Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. She has a background in epidemiological research spanning clinical epidemiology and public health epidemiology. She is recognised internationally for her research to quantify the benefits and harms (including overdiagnosis) of cancer screening, particularly breast cancer screening. She is a lead investigator on Wiser Healthcare, an NHMRC-funded research collaboration to reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment in health care. Alex is a member of the Scientific Committee for Preventing Overdiagnosis, an annual international conference, and a member of the advisory board of Andrology Australia. She has twice won Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for her radio series on cancer screening and evidence based medicine, and is an Australian Museum Eureka Prize Ambassador helping to promote public understanding of science.

Lisa Bero

Professor Lisa Bero is a researcher in evidence-based health care who is internationally renowned for her studies on the integrity of clinical and basic research evidence used to influence health policy. She directs the multidisciplinary Evidence, Policy and Influence Collaborative at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. Specific areas of interest are in the design, conduct and reporting of research and how research findings can be communicated in a clear and convincing way to a variety of stakeholders. The group also promotes the use of evidence in decision-making while taking into account the social, political and ethical contexts of decisions. Lisa has been a contributor for over 20 years and has been co-chair of the Cochrane Board of Directors since 2013.

Sue Brennan

Dr Sue Brennan is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia, where she works on the translation of research into policy. Sue’s research translation activities focus on the production, dissemination, and evaluation of evidence summaries and syntheses for informing policy. Sue is a co-investigator on a project to develop GRADE methods for overviews of systematic reviews, and is contributing to a Cochrane handbook chapter on narrative synthesis. She has led and co-authored reviews of public health and healthcare improvement interventions, and contributes to research on synthesis methods for complex reviews.

Lindy Burns

Lindy Burns is one of Australia’s senior radio broadcasters. After more than 26 years with the ABC, no major event or issue during that time, whether political, sporting, musical or environmental, has escaped her attention or comment. Equally comfortable speaking with Prime Ministers, comedians, scientists and talkback callers, her innate sense of fairness and humour, coupled with a rare ability to truly listen, has seen her rise from a weekend sports reporter role in Newcastle, NSW to the host of the Drive program on ABC Melbourne, to host of Statewide Evenings since 2012 – an eclectic and always enjoyable program featuring the latest in arts, sport, science, music, medicine and more.

 

 

Rachelle Buchbinder

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder is an Australian NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. She has been the Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology since its inception in 2001 and Professor in the Monash University Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine since 2007. She is a rheumatologist and clinical epidemiologist who combines clinical practice with research in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. She is the Joint Coordinating Editor of Cochrane Musculoskeletal, chairs the Australian Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD) Management Committee and is a founding member and Chairs of the Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trial Network.

Jonathan Craig

Jonathan Craig is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health, Head of Clinical Research at the Centre for Kidney Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Coordinating Editor of Cochrane Kidney and Transplant, and a former co-chair of Cochrane. He is an internationally renowned paediatric nephrologist and clinical epidemiologist whose research aims to improve health care and clinical outcomes particularly in the areas of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and more broadly in child health through rigorous analysis of the evidence for commonly-used and novel interventions in CKD, identifying gaps/inconsistency in the evidence, conducting methodologically-sound clinical trials, and application of the research findings to clinical practice and policy. His methods research has led to increased and improved clinical research in CKD, systematic reviews that have informed the design of trials and content of national and international guidelines, the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, and identification of issues specific to children. He has led the formation of state, national and international networks to facilitate the conduct of high-quality, relevant trials in children.

Miranda Cumpston

Miranda Cumpston is the Head of Learning and Support for Cochrane’s international Central Executive Team, based at Cochrane Australia but working across the organisation with Cochrane’s network of trainers to coordinate an international program of learning for authors, editors, consumers and other contributors. Key areas of work include developing learning frameworks for systematic reviews and editorial processes, developing Cochrane’s online learning delivery, and quality improvement for Cochrane reviews.

Melissa Davey

Melissa Davey is Melbourne bureau chief and health reporter for the Guardian. She has previously worked as a reporter with the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun Herald, and has contributed to Daily Life, Australian Doctor and Crikey. She has a long-standing interest in health and social justice issues, and is currently undertaking her Masters of Public Health at Monash University.

Julian Elliott

A/Prof Julian Elliott is Lead for Evidence Systems at Cochrane, Senior Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia and Head of Clinical Research in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University. He is the winner of the 2017 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research. Julian’s research is focused on the use of new technologies to improve evidence synthesis for better health outcomes. He is leading Cochrane’s development of new evidence systems, including Project Transform, a major Cochrane project using online platforms, machine learning and citizen science to improve the production of systematic reviews. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Covidence, a non-profit online platform for efficient systematic review production, and leads the Living Systematic Review Network, an international research network for high quality, up-to-date health evidence.

Davina Ghersi

Professor Davina Ghersi joined the National Health and Medical Research Council as
Senior Principal Research Scientist in 2011 after five years as Team Leader
with the Research Policy and Cooperation Department of the World Health
Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. At NHMRC she provides advice and
guidance across the agency on issues relating to the creation, evaluation
and translation of research evidence. Before this she led the Systematic
Review and Health Care Assessment team of the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
at the University of Sydney. Davina’s academic interests are in
publication bias, selective reporting, research transparency, systematic
reviews and the translation of health and medical research into health
care decision making and health policy. Davina is involved in a number of
clinical practice and public health guideline groups nationally and
internationally, and has long been involved with Cochrane.

Paul Glasziou

Paul Glasziou is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University and a part-time general practitioner. He was the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford from 2003-2010. He is a prolific author and renowned researcher with wide-ranging interests. Key among these interests are identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice.

Sally Green

Sally Green

Professor Sally Green is Co-Director of the Australasian Cochrane Centre and a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine from Monash University in addition to her clinical qualifications in Physiotherapy. Sally is an active Cochrane reviewer and has several competitively funded research projects which aim to improve health outcomes by investigating the most effective and efficient pathway of knowledge from research result to sustained change in clinical practice and policy. Professor Green is a member of the NHMRC’s Health Care Committee.

Sally Green

David Henry

David Henry is Professor of Evidence Based Practice at Bond University, Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES, Toronto). David was formerly a specialist in general internal medicine and professor of clinical pharmacology at the University of Newcastle. He has been a member of several national committees concerned with drug regulation and chaired the economics subcommittee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee for eight years.

Sally Green

Rebecca Hodder

Rebecca Hodder is a Research Fellow with the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. She has worked on a number large scale population health research projects targeting health risk behaviours of children and adults across settings such as schools and primary care, and has authored multiple Cochrane Reviews. Rebecca’s research interests include public health interventions to address preventable risk factors for chronic diseases; understanding the intersection between musculoskeletal pain and health risk behaviours in children and adolescents; implementation science and the translation of evidence-based interventions into routine practice; and systematic review approaches and methods, including living systematic reviews.

Shauna Hurley

Shauna Hurley is Cochrane Australia’s Communications and Engagement Manager and the producer of Cochrane Australia’s new podcast series The Recommended Dose with Ray Moynihan. Shauna has worked as a communications consultant, adviser and freelance writer
for a broad range of government, health, publishing and media organisations in Australia and the UK. From the European Bank of Reconstruction to the Guinness Book of Records, Shauna has written on everything from complex international affairs to the most curious of human feats, and many topics in between. She has a long-standing interest in current affairs and public policy, and has developed diverse strategies and campaigns for Australian government and health organisations. The common thread running through her varied career is a real interest in the way the stories of others can engage, educate and entertain audiences of all kinds.

Megan Keaney

Dr Megan Keaney is the senior medical adviser in the Technology Assessment and Access Division of the Department of Health. The Division is responsible for the evaluation, listing and review of medical services and technologies (pharmaceutical and devices) that are reimbursed by the Australian Government or private health insurance. Previously, Megan was the senior medical adviser in the Medical Benefits Division and had particular responsibility for the MBS Review. In February 2011 she was appointed Principal Medical Advisor to the Therapeutic Goods Administration,  and was also the Department of Health’s lead negotiator assisting the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in its negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement between 2011 and 2015. Prior to joining the Commonwealth Government, Megan spent 18 years working in senior

 claims management roles for Avant, Australia’s largest medical indemnity organisation. Until late 2009, Dr Keaney was Chair of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre and a member of Cancer Australia’s advisory council. 

Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald is Co-Director of Cochrane Australia and responsible for supporting Cochrane in Australia, particularly through training in evidence synthesis, external engagement and advocacy. He served on Cochrane’s Board of Directors from 2008-15 and has been closely involved in the formation of Cochrane networks in South East Asia and East Asia. Steve is part of the Project Transform team that is developing and applying new technologies and processes to enhance the efficiency of evidence syntheses. His background is in information science and in 2016 he enrolled part-time in a PhD focusing on evaluating the use of machine learning and automation in identifying evidence for reviews and guidelines.

Barbara Mintzes

Dr Barbara Mintzes is a research scientist based at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney specialising in the study of pharmaceutical policy. Her research focuses on the effects of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs and other forms of pharmaceutical promotion on the prescribing and use of medicines. She co-authored the book Sex, Lies and Pharmaceuticals with Ray Moynihan, published in 2010. Her current research interests include how diagnostic thresholds and treatment outcomes are assessed in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and particularly the influence of commercial interests.

Joanne McKenzie

Dr Joanne McKenzie is a Senior Research Fellow (Biostatistician) at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. She has been affiliated with Cochrane Australia since 2003, and is an active contributor to Cochrane, including being a Co-Convenor of the Statistical Methods Group. Her research interests include methodological issues in meta-analysis of randomised trials with continuous outcomes, selective inclusion and reporting of results in randomised trials and systematic reviews, and approaches to synthesising evidence in systematic reviews of policy, public health, and health service delivery interventions.

Brigid O'Connell

Brigid O’Connell has been a journalist for 14 years at various print media outlets in Australia. She has been the health reporter for Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper since 2008.
Brigid also teaches journalism at Deakin University, participates in media training for scientists and is a qualified personal trainer to boot. She was involved in writing The Baker IDI Wellness Plan published last year and has a longstanding interest in health.

Matthew Page

Matthew Page

Dr Matthew Page is an epidemiologist with expertise in systematic review methodology and bias in biomedical and public health research. He is currently funded by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, and has just returned from a two-year post-doctoral position at the University of Bristol, UK, where he worked with Professor Julian Higgins and Professor Jonathan Sterne. During his time in Bristol, he was a member of the core group who developed the revised risk of bias tool for randomised trials (RoB 2.0). He also collaborated on a UK MRC-funded project to extend the ROBINS-I tool to appraise a wider variety of study designs, including interrupted time series studies and controlled before-after studies. His current focus is on advancing methods for the assessment of reporting biases in systematic reviews. Matthew is also a co-convenor of the Cochrane Bias Methods Group.

Rebecca Ryan

Dr Rebecca Ryan is a Research Fellow at the School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, and Deputy Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group. She leads editorial policy development, developing and maintaining author resources to assist those undertaking complex intervention reviews, supporting quality assurance mechanisms across the editorial life of reviews and providing editorial input and leadership for reviews that span the broad subject scope of the Group. In February 2017 she was appointed to the inaugural Cochrane Scientific Committee, the main decision making body to agree what methods are employed within Cochrane.

Nancy Santesso

Dr Nancy Santesso is a registered dietitian by background and obtained her PhD in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. Her research is in research synthesis methods and guidelines with a focus on communication to patients and the public. Nancy is a member of the GRADE working group and supports guideline groups to develop guidelines. Her many contributions to Cochrane include being a member of the Cochrane Board of Directors, Deputy Director of Cochrane Canada, and an editor with Cochrane Consumers and Communication.

Matthew Page

Anneliese Synnot

Anneliese Synnot is a Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia, Monash University, where she leads the methods development and implementation Cochrane’s living systematic review pilot. She has been working on living systematic reviews since 2013, previously supporting a European pilot of living systematic reviews in traumatic brain injury. Annie also works in the editorial team at Cochrane Consumers and Communication, La Trobe University, where she is completing a PhD in stakeholder engagement to prioritise and coproduce systematic reviews.

Matthew Page

David Tovey

Dr David Tovey is Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Library and Deputy CEO of Cochrane. He is responsible for ensuring that the Library meets its strategic goals of providing high quality evidence syntheses relevant to the needs of stakeholders. David is also responsible for working with Cochrane’s publishers and others to ensure that the presentation and delivery of Cochrane content is optimal – and that it is accessible to and actionable by decision makers. He also plays a key part in making sure Cochrane develops its methods appropriately, and that review authors, editorial teams and the methods community are all supported in helping to deliver high quality, high impact products and services.