Allied Health Research SymposiumAllied Health Research Symposium

Metro North Health and Metro South Health are pleased to invite you to the inaugural Allied Health Research Symposium. The Symposium is a joint event designed to showcase and promote high-quality allied health-led research initiatives.


Theme: THRIVE – Transforming Healthcare through Research, InnoVation and Excellence.

A detailed program will be available in August.

Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions for high quality research, education and innovation/translation initiatives with clear outcomes and implications for practice are sought from Allied Health and associated staff (Health Practitioner, Clinical Assistant, Admin Officer) across Queensland Health and university partners.

Please download the Abstract Submission Form and forward by Tuesday 6 July 2021 via email to


Invited speakers will include a combination of internationally recognised researchers and clinician researchers with experience in transforming healthcare within their respective fields.

Plenary Speaker: Professor Trevor Russell

Professor Trevor Russell is the Director of the RECOVER Injury Research Centre where he leads a stream of research on Technology Enabled Rehabilitation. He is also co-director of both the Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation and the Telerehabilitation Clinic at the University of Queensland. His research focusses on the use of digital technologies for the remote delivery of health services with a particular focus on telerehabilitation technologies. His work is amongst the earliest and most extensive in this field.

Invited Speaker: Dr Clare Burns

Invited Speaker: Dr Clare Burns

Dr Clare Burns is an Advanced Speech Pathologist and Clinician Research Fellow, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Queensland and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland, Australia (UQ).  She has over 20 years of clinical experience and over the last 12 years has conducted research in speech pathology and technology enabled health care. She has developed, evaluated and implemented a range of telehealth services incorporating speech pathology (specifically swallowing and head and neck cancer services), multidisciplinary care, and broader allied health services.  Dr Burns co-authored Speech Pathology Australia’s Position Statement on Telepractice and the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Teleoncology. She is a guest lecturer for undergraduate and post graduate students at UQ and an invited presenter at national and international conferences. She is an Affiliate of Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation and Centre for Research Excellence in Telehealth, UQ.

Invited Speaker: Dr Susan de Jersey

Invited Speaker: Dr Susan de Jersey

Invited Speaker: Dr Susan de Jersey

Dr Susan de Jersey is an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Metro North Health Clinician Research Fellow.

She has significant clinical experience working in rural, remote and metropolitan areas across the health care continuum in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Susan’s research focusses on clinically relevant perinatal health concerns and translation into clinical practice. She has a national reputation as an expert and leader in early life nutrition. Her program of research is focussed on understanding the role of weight and nutrition in improving outcomes for mothers and their offspring in the reproductive years.

Susan is a clinical leader to a team of dietitians working in antenatal care across Metro North. She provides care to women and their families within the antenatal clinic at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Susan’s team work to implement and evaluate routine practice changes to ensure women are provided with evidence informed care.

Invited Speaker: Professor Liz Ward

Invited Speaker: Professor Liz Ward

Prof Ward, BSpThy(hons), Grad Cert Ed, PhD, FSPAA, is the Director of the Centre for Functioning and Health Research (CFAHR) in Queensland Health and Professor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland.

She is a leading international researcher with over 350 publications, and has been a keynote/invited speaker in more than 20 countries. Her research interests primarily centre on the practice area of dysphagia, with particular interest in acute care populations and patients receiving management for head and neck cancer.

She has had extensive experience in health services research: building evidence for clinical practice areas, evaluating new models of care and addressing undergraduate/workforce clinical training issues.

Through her leadership role within CFAHR, Prof Ward has assisted numerous clinical teams to implement and evaluate new models of care. She is passionate about improving health services for patients and reducing the “research-to-practice” gap in evidence implementation.

Her work has led to many health service enhancements and has validated multiple new and expanded clinical roles in both speech pathology and other allied health professions.

In 2014, Professor Ward was made “Fellow” of Speech Pathology Australia in recognition of the standing of her contributions to the profession.

Invited Speaker: Dr Marianne Wyder

Invited Speaker: Dr Marianne Wyder

Dr Marianne Wyder is a social worker with a background in sociology. Over the past 20 years she has worked in various research and clinical positions in the Government, Non-Government and University sector.

Her research experience spans the health sector and includes expert knowledge on mental health issues, capacity building, inequality, involuntary treatment, family breakdown, gender, drug and/or alcohol abuse and suicidal behaviours.

She is currently employed as a Senior Research Fellow in Metro South Addiction and Mental Health services where her role involves conducting and facilitating practice based research, service evaluations, as well as supporting clinicians to undertake practice based research projects.

Registration and Delegate Information

Registrations are Open now. Please follow the links to register online:


If you are interested in being a sponsor/exhibitor for the event please email to receive a sponsor/exhibitor prospectus.

6th October 2021

Time: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Venue: Translational Research Institute (TRI), Woolloongabba QLD OR virtual attendance via TeamsLive

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