Professor David Atkinson – Rural Clinical School of WA, The University of Western Australia and University of Notre Dame
Professor Atkinson is head of the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia, based in Broome and responsible for the 14 RCSWA medical teaching sites across rural and remote WA. He works closely with the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services on a wide range of research projects. Professor Atkinson was a chief investigator for the gECHO RHD screening study and the Rheumatic Fever Follow Up Study (RhFFUS). His current research includes the ISAC CRE (Improving Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children), a project examining screening for perinatal mental health and a project looking at improving dental care in remote Aboriginal children. He is an experienced medical educator and member of the Clinical Advisory Group for the WA RHD control program.
Ms Claire Boardman – RHD Australia
Ms Boardman is the Deputy Director of RHD Australia and provides oversight for RHD Australia projects in primordial prevention, novel community collaboration, strategic planning for service delivery and development of evidence based education resources. Ms Boardman provides a critical liaison between RHD Australia, RHDA partners, and the Investigator Team.
Dr Samantha Colquhoun – Murdoch Childrens' Research Institute
Dr Colquhoun has worked in international RHD control and research for the past 14 years. She managed the WHF and AusAID-funded Pacific Control programme from 2005-2014 and completed her PhD examining RHD epidemiology in resource-poor settings. Dr Colquhoun is actively involved in the Global Burden of Disease project for RHD. Dr Colquhoun is currently the Senior Health System Strengthening Advisor for the Fiji RHD Control programme and holds a NHMRC Public Health Research Fellowship which supports her to undertake operational and epidemiological research in maternal, child, and adolescent health in resource-poor settings.
A/Professor Vicki Krause – Centre for Disease Control, Northern Territory
A/Prof Krause is the Director of the Centre for Disease Control in the Northern Territory, which houses the NT RHD Control Program, and is past Chair of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA). A/Prof Krause has led thinking about ARF and RHD as notifiable diseases and development of a ‘Series of National Guidelines’ for ARF.
Professor Christopher Reid – Monash University, Curtin University
Professor Reid is a cardiovascular epidemiologist with a focus on outcome registries and clinical outcome trials. Professor Reid is an NHMRC Research Fellow and sits on the National Steering Committee for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons. He is a Principal Investigator for the Victorian Cardiac Procedures Registry Project and the Melbourne Interventional Group registries.
Dr Thomas Snelling – Telethon Kids Institute, Curtin University
Dr Snelling is a paediatric infectious diseases physician. His areas of research interest are in the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases, in particular evaluating the population-level impacts of vaccination. He also has a specific clinical and research interest in Aboriginal child health, and was the inaugural recipient of the Alan Walker Scholarship in Aboriginal Child Health Research.
Dr Stephanie Trust – Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
Dr Trust is a Kidja Woman and General Practitioner. Dr Trust is also a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association Board and an Associate Investigator in the CRE in Improving Health Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.
Dr Gavin Wheaton – Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide
Dr Wheaton is a paediatrician and paediatric cardiologist, and Medical Director of the Division of Paediatric Medicine at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. He worked for 10 years at Alice Springs Hospital and had a key role in establishing the Central Australian RHD Control Program. Dr Wheaton has collaborated on RHD research projects including echocardiographic screening studies.
Dr Rosemary Wyber – Telethon Kids Institute
Dr Wyber is a General Practitioner and Head of Strategy for END RHD, having completed clinical training in RHD endemic communities in the Northern Territory. As a Fulbright Fellow Dr Wyber completed her master's degree in public health at the Harvard School of Public Health and forged important links with the World Heart Federation. She has developed new paradigms for models of care for RHD as the Deputy Director for the international RHD policy and advocacy group, RhEACH.
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