Professor Ross Young
Professor Ross Young commenced as Chair of Trauma Rehabilitation at the Jamieson Trauma Institute in October 2020. He is a Clinical Psychologist with research interests in the integration of psychological and biological risk factors in mental illness and trauma. His research includes work in PTSD, substance misuse, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and more broadly in behavioural medicine. This includes work in pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine to better target treatment and rehabilitation approaches. Professor Young’s papers on PTSD includes studies of risk factors, treatment outcomes and comorbidity with PTSD, such as alcohol dependence.
Professor Young was Executive Dean, Faculty of Health QUT for seven years until 2020, following seven years as Executive Director, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) at QUT. He has maintained a clinical appointment at the Princess Alexandra Hospital for over 25 years at the Alcohol and Drug Assessment Unit, has been a longstanding Visiting Researcher at the Alcohol Research Center, UCLA, is an Honorary Professor at UQ and is an Emeritus Professor at QUT.
Professor Young has conducted work in outcomes measurement that has been recognised internationally with psychological measures having been translated into multiple languages and used in clinical and prevention programs in several countries. For example, the Drinking Expectancy Profile is part of a compendium of clinical measures recommended by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Professor Young is a member of the PTSD group of the US based International Psychiatric Genetics Consortium and a member and Chair of several Boards related to mental health and medical research. He is an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy and a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Young is committed to translational research that benefits mental health and has held three patents, one of which has been licensed to Nanogen for the development of diagnostic gene chips in schizophrenia.
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Professor Kirsten Vallmuur
Professor Kirsten Vallmuur is the Chair of Trauma Surveillance and Data Analytics in a joint position between the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation and the Jamieson Trauma Institute. She leads the Jamieson Trauma Institute’s Trauma Data Quality and Analytics theme. Her team is currently undertaking research projects drawing on linked trauma data, available through existing data systems in Queensland. The work of the unit is focused on scoping the breadth and depth of data collected on trauma across the continuum of care, developing best practice methods and tools for using linked trauma data, and analysing these data to better understand the causes, trends, patterns, burden, costs and outcomes of trauma in Queensland. This work is contributing to the broader Queensland State-wide Trauma Data Warehouse development project being run by Queensland Health. She is a previous MAIC-funded Principal Research Fellow (at AusHSI) and, prior to that, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow where she worked in the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety-Queensland (CARRS-Q). She has a PhD in Psychology and expertise in the analysis and understanding of morbidity and mortality coded data sets, injury surveillance systems, trauma data linkage, health classifications and injury classifications. She has conducted numerous collaborative health data research projects with internal and external university-based researchers, government and non-government agencies.
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Mrs Lisa Whittaker
Lisa Whittaker is the Service Coordinator for the Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI). Her role is to coordinate the strategic and operational objectives of JTI, including leading the administrative team.
Lisa’s past achievements include; assisting with the coordination of the RBWH Trauma Service, providing support in the early stages of establishment of the P.A.R.T.Y. Program at the RBWH and co-convening the successful annual Queensland Trauma Symposium.
Lisa’s long-standing contribution to Queensland Health, most notably her 10 years of experience in the Trauma Service, has provided her with a vast array of contacts, networks and knowledge.
Lisa currently holds a Diploma of Business Administration which will support JTI through team building, project management, resource allocation and communication.
Dr Silvia Manzanero
Dr Silvia Manzanero is the Research Coordinator for the Jamieson Trauma Institute. Her role is to facilitate research and multidisciplinary collaboration in alignment with the Institute’s strategic priorities.
Silvia’s experience spans the whole continuum between basic and applied research. She obtained a PhD in genetics and has conducted post-doctoral work in immunology and neuroscience. She has managed research in academic, government and clinical environments.
She is passionate about delivering the evidence base required to drive and inform ongoing improvements in clinical practice.
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Dr Arpita Das
Dr Arpita Das
Dr. Arpita Das is the Research Officer for the Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI). Her role is to assist various clinical researches that influence clinical standards and help multidisciplinary collaboration with internal and external research groups.
Dr. Das holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology and MPhil in Medicine from the University of Sydney. Over ten years of experience in a research-intensive environment with various clinical and health science. She has worked with large, complex multidisciplinary project teams across different project support functions, including conducting research, report writing and analysis with numerous stakeholders ranging from front-line health workers, community-based clinicians, research participants, senior research investigators and students. She has conducted several collaborative health research projects with internal and external university-based researchers, government and non-government hospitals.
Dr. Das has in-depth experience with different research projects and loves to collaborate with the research team for a successful outcome.
Dr Arpita Das’s Google Scholar
Dr Beat Schmutz
Dr Beat Schmutz is a Principal Research Fellow in the Jamieson Trauma Institute with a joint appointment in the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology.
Dr Schmutz holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Since 2006, he has provided consultancy to a leading global orthopaedics company and industry partner where he has developed and applied novel 3D computer graphical methods for the design and shape validation of five patient groups’ specific anatomical trauma implants. In parallel, Dr Schmutz has conducted research on implant design optimisation, medical imaging, and analyses of bone morphology.
In recent years, he has supported surgeons locally and internationally with his expertise in 3D computer graphical modelling and 3D printing for clinical cases of large bone defect patients.
His main role is to initiate, conduct and manage translational research with clinical, industry and academic collaborators in the areas of computer graphical modelling, medical imaging, Artificial Intelligence and 3D printing. This includes the supervision of postgraduate research candidates. The aim is to advance state-of-the-art research to support and facilitate cost-effective diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of trauma patients.
Dr Beat Schmutz’s Google Scholar
Ms Bonnie Woods
Bonnie Woods is the Clinical Nurse for the multidisciplinary Device Related InFection Team (mDRIFT) at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), supported by the Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI). Her role is to provide expert clinical knowledge and clinical care for consumers with orthopaedic device related infection and support the function of the multidisciplinary team.
Bonnie has completed a Bachelor of Nursing from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and has 15 years of nursing experience in a variety of specialities.
She started her nursing career in Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery at the RBWH and internationally at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England. Later changing specialities to Orthopaedics at the RBWH. Bonnie’s experience in both specialties has assisted with coordination for mDRIFT and clinical research aiming to improve patient outcomes.
Mr Brett Droder
Mr Brett Droder is a Health Information Manager with the Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI). His role is to aid in scoping clinical registries in specific areas of interest and to provide advice on health information management to meet JTIs broader quality improvement and research agenda.
Mr Droder has a Bachelor of Health Information Management (HIM) from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has several years’ experience working in Queensland Health with electronic medical records, database management, HIM projects and abroad in Germany where he undertook an international internship exploring digital workflow technology in hospitals.
Mr Droder has an interest in eHealth and utilising data & new technologies to improve the effectiveness and quality of health services.
Associate Professor Cate Cameron
Associate Professor Cate Cameron is a Principal Research Fellow in the Jamieson Trauma Institute and is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology.
She has over 25 years of clinical and research experience, with a PhD in Epidemiology and primary interest in injury prevention and trauma outcomes research using data linkage methods. Prior to joining JTI, A/Prof Cameron was an Australian National Health and Medical Council (NHMRC) Research Fellow recipient. She has published over 140 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to national and international data linkage projects, A/Prof Cameron’s research has included developing and managing a longitudinal birth cohort study of child health and injury outcomes; paediatric and adult burns trauma outcomes; spinal cord injury rehabilitation and European Union funded research on Violence against Children (VAC) in Afghanistan. She is currently supervising several PhD candidates at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
A/Prof Cameron has been an expert advisor for Disability Services Queensland, Queensland Health and Parliament with regards to Brain Injury service delivery, State Trauma Planning and consultation for the development of the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS).
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Ms Esther Jacobson
Ms Esther Jacobson is a Research Coordinator with the Jamieson Trauma Institute.
Esther has a nursing background, having trained in the UK and worked for over 30 years in a variety of specialist areas, including clinical genetics, craniofacial surgery and more recently, clinical research.
For the last ten years Esther has been actively involved in ensuring that injury and trauma based clinical studies have been successfully and safely executed, recruitment targets have been met, and vital research data is collected and available for analysis and publication.
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Ms Genevieve Westacott
Genevieve Westacott is a Health Information Manager for the Jamieson Trauma Institute. She previously undertook placement with JTI where she helped scope and initiate the Australasian Retrieval Registry. Her current role is to liaise and collaborate with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop and advance projects.
Genevieve has a Bachelor of Health Information Management from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She has previously worked as a Clinical Coder for both Metro North and Metro South Hospital and Health Services and has a long history as a dental nurse.
She is passionate about data and statistical utilisation and helping affect change in the health system.
Ms Jacelle Warren
Ms Jacelle Warren is a Biostatistician in the Jamieson Trauma Institute and is currently undertaking her PhD (part-time) within JTI and the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Jacelle was awarded a Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake her PhD research, titled “Looking beyond the initial injury: Long-term burden and cost to the healthcare system for the treatment of road traffic crash injury in Queensland”.
Jacelle has extensive experience with statistical analysis of large injury datasets, both cross-sectional and longitudinal, and has a particular interest in the physical and psychological recovery of injured people. Jacelle has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications in injury epidemiology and determinants of outcome following injury. She spent ten years working in data management, data analysis and reporting of injury data collected by the Queensland Trauma Registry (QTR), and has co-authored numerous statistical and research reports for both QTR and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC), In 2009, Jacelle completed a Master of Science (Statistics) through the Biostatistical Collaboration of Australia and The University of Queensland.
Ms Jacelle Warren’s Google Scholar
Dr Panos Barlas
Panos is a Principal Research Fellow within the JTI. Panos qualified as a physiotherapist both in the TEI of Athens, Greece, and the Department of Physiotherapy in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, continuing on with postgraduate studies which led to his DPhil from the same institution in 1998.
For the last 20 years he has worked in Keele University where he lead a number of post graduate modules on pain physiology, pain management and assessment as well as involved in a number of research projects on the effects of acupuncture upon osteoarthritis, pregnancy related back and pelvic pain as well as experimental pain models. During that time he continued to also see patients as a senior physiotherapist treating musculoskeletal conditions.
His main research interests lie in the management of musculoskeletal and chronic pain with sensory stimulation modalities, the physiology of analgesia and clinical research on the management of musculoskeletal pain. He has lectured widely on these subjects over the last 25 years all over the world.
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Ms Rachael Brown
Rachael Brown is the Project Officer for Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI). Her role is to provide high quality project support, administrative and confidential secretariat support to the Jamieson Trauma Institute Team.
Rachael has been with Queensland Health since January 2019 where she has been apart of the JTI Administration team. During this time, she has had the opportunity to work alongside the Director of JTI as well as working within the Research and Governance team at RBWH.
Rachael’s previous experience is within the logistics industry, where she would design, develop and conduct various training modules for staff within the industry. Rachael currently holds a Certificate in Supply Chain Management around Logistics, Operations, Planning, Sourcing and Management Strategy.
Dr Shahera Banu
Dr Shahera Banu is a Data Analyst in the Jamieson Trauma Institute and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Queensland University of Technology. Her role is to support research collaboration with a diverse range of stakeholders and clinicians in relation to data analytics to optimise the quality of research produced by JTI.
Shahera holds a Veterinary Medicine degree and an MSc (Microbiology) from Bangladesh Agricultural University. She completed a PhD in Epidemiology from Queensland University of Technology and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for couple of years. Shahera has expertise in environmental epidemiology, infectious disease modelling and spatiotemporal analysis.
Shahera has several years’ experience in working with Queensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC). She is passionate about translating data into information to support decision making and improve patient outcome.
Dr Shahera Banu’s Google Scholar
Mr Shannon Dias
Mr Shannon Dias is a Statistical Analyst with the Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI) and is the JTI representative for the Road Safety Data Bureau (RSDB), a new Government initiative which has been established as a co-located team within the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Mr Dias holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and a double Master’s degree in Public Health (Tropical field) and International Public Health (MPH/MIPH) through The University of Queensland (UQ).
In a previous role as a project manager at the School of Medicine, UQ he assisted in implementing and coordinating a multi-site NHMRC-funded prospective data linkage study investigating health outcomes and health service utilisation among Australian ex-prisoners. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications on the physical and mental health outcomes and risk-factors of reincarceration in a large sample of Australian prisoners.
Shannon has experience with statistical analysis of large health and criminal justice datasets, both cross-sectional (unadjusted and adjusted logistic regression models) and longitudinal (survival analysis and cox regression models) and has an interest in the visualisation of data using business intelligence tools.
Dr Susanna Cramb
Doctor Susanna Cramb is a Biostatistician at Jamieson Trauma Institute and a Strategic Senior Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology. She also holds adjunct positions with Menzies School of Health Research (Charles Darwin University) and the University of Sydney. She collaborates extensively with non-government agencies, government and university researchers to ensure uptake and impact from her research.
Susanna’s research specialty is applying complex modelling techniques to investigate health inequities, especially across small areas and time. Her research has directly informed government policy aimed at reducing cancer inequalities based on residential location.
Susanna leads the HERO (Health Equity Research with Outcomes) research group, comprised of her past and present students. She has over 15 years’ experience in epidemiological research, and has developed strong skills in data analysis and scientific communication.
Susanna contributes professionally as the Vice President (Memberships) of the Statistical Society of Australia and a Sub-Technical Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics.
Dr Tanya Smyth
Dr Tanya Smyth is a research project manager, currently on secondment from her role as Principal Behavioural Scientist at the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Tanya completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and PhD at QUT. Her PhD research was an internationally collaborative investigation, funded by a National Health & Medical Research Council scholarship, of the effectiveness of prescription medicine warnings about driving. She was awarded a post-doctoral Fellowship at McGill University, Canada, where she conducted research within an interdisciplinary team on impaired driving.
She has experience in conducting and managing research in international academic settings, as well as state Government, where she also obtained experience and post-graduate training in policy analysis and development. Tanya has a keen interest in furthering research and facilitating research and policy collaboration in alignment with the Institute’s strategic priorities.
Dr Victoria McCreanor
Victoria is a Research Fellow in health services research and health economics, in a joint position with the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI), Queensland University of Technology, and the Jamieson Trauma Institute data analytics team. Her research includes complex analysis of large administrative datasets to investigate the long-term trajectories, costs and health outcomes of trauma, injury and surgical patients in Australia. She also provides expert health economics advice for JTI research projects.
Victoria completed her PhD from the Queensland University of Technology in 2019 and holds a MSc (Health Policy, Planning and Financing) from the University of London (LSE & LSHTM), BSc and LLB from the University of Queensland.
Victoria also coordinates a multi-disciplinary research project to streamline fracture rehabilitation using innovative technology, in close collaboration with international industry partner Magnes and clinical departments across RBWH.
Her research interests lie in generating evidence for value-based healthcare policies, to improve patient outcomes and the efficiency of health services.
Dr Victoria McCreanor’s Google Scholar
Dr Anthony Holley
Clinical Representative, Intensive Care Medicine
Dr Carl Lisec
Burns and General Surgeon, RBWH
Clinical Representative, Burns and Trauma
Dr Dihan Aponso
Consultant, Spinal Unit, RBWH
Clinical Representative, Spinal Surgery
Dr Frances Williamson
Staff Specialist, Emergency, RBWH
Queensland Trauma Education Program Lead
Dr Gary Mitchell
Staff Specialist, Emergency, RBWH
Clinical Representative, Emergency Medicine
Dr Jason Brown
Burns and General Surgeon, RBWH
Director, Professor Stuart Pegg Adult Burns Centre, RBWH
Clinical Representative, Burns and Trauma
Prof Jeffrey Lipman
Research Ambassador, RBWH
Clinical Representative, Intensive Care Medicine
A/Prof Kevin Tetsworth
Orthopaedic Surgeon, RBWH
Clinical Representative, Orthopaedic Trauma
Prof Martin Wullschleger
Director, Trauma Service RBWH
Theme Lead, Education and Training
Mr Michael Handy
Assistant Nursing Director, Trauma Service RBWH
Theme Lead, Quality of Care and Processes
Prof Michael Muller
Burns Surgeon, RBWH
Theme Lead, Education and Training
Brigadier Michael Reade AM
Professor of Military Medicine & Surgery, School of Medicine, UQ
Colonel, ADF Joint Health Command
Consultant Intensivist, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, RBWH
Clinical Representative, Australian Defence Force
Ms Sarah Pearce
Trauma Care Coordinator, Trauma Service RBWH
Theme Lead, Augmented Reality