Organising Committee

Liza-Jane McBride

Organising Committee Chair

Liza-Jane is the Chief Allied Health Officer for the Department of Health and leads the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to ensure an appropriately skilled allied health workforce meets the current and future health service needs of Queensland. Liza-Jane is an experienced physiotherapist with over 20 years of practice experience in the public and private sectors in Queensland and overseas. She has postgraduate qualifications in health management and is a Visiting Fellow with the Queensland University of Technology. Liza-Jane has significant experience in successfully delivering strategic policy results within the Queensland healthcare system, particularly in relation to allied health workforce reform, redesign and education issues.

Ashley Cameron

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Dr Ashley Cameron graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from the Queensland University of Technology in 2007 and a Masters of Speech Pathology Studies from the University of Queensland in 2009. In 2018 she completed her PhD at the University of Queensland where she investigated approaches to enhance the participation of individuals with acquired communication difficulties in the healthcare setting. Ashley has worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital since 2010 and has a specialised focus in neurosciences and the translation of clinical research.

Beth Sheehan

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Beth Sheehan is the Practice Innovations Advisor for Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and the rep for AHPA on the organising committee for the NAHC.

Beth has been working as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) in private practice and NGOs since 2005.  Beth completed her masters in international health in 2016 and her experience involves working in multidisciplinary settings and more recently working within disability with a particular focus on amputees and movement disorders in Malawi, Africa as well as collaborating on disability projects globally.  Beth’s portfolio at ESSA includes assisting ESSA professionals in navigating and advocating for services under the NDIS and Beth has been influential in assisting ESSA write their Reconciliation Action Plan.

Caroline McNab

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Caroline McNab has worked for the Department of Health for 4 years providing business administration, executive support and event management. She is responsible for project support to the Capacity and Capability and Governance and Monitoring Teams and their bodies of work on behalf of the Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland.

Caroline’s role is complimented by her diverse background, with 20 years’ experience in Sales and Key Account management roles in the tourism and hospitality and wine industries.

Catherine Stephens

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Catherine Stephens is an experienced physiotherapist having worked clinically in public and private healthcare settings in Australia and overseas.  She has worked in the Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland since 2006 and is currently the Team Leader, Governance and Monitoring. She has a strong interest in the collection and utilisation of  allied health data to demonstrate the value  of allied health care, to inform the optimal allocation of allied health resources and  to influence broader health care policy.

Charmaine Manewell

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Charmaine has worked in Queensland Government for over 15 years, previously for Queensland Transport and Main Roads and currently for Queensland Health. She manages the Health Practitioner Research Capacity Building Program and its associated bodies of work on behalf of the Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland.

Charmaine has a varied health background, with a Bachelor in Behavioural Science from Griffith University and previous work experience as a dental assistant and dispensing optician. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her young family and, occasionally, having a sleep in.

Jacqueline Dominish

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Jacqueline Dominish qualified as an occupational therapist in 1999 at the University of Sydney with the bulk of her clinical practice occurring in neurological rehabilitation followed by a period of 8 years in clinical education roles undertaking statewide projects and educational initiatives to support the NSW Allied Health Workforce. Jacqueline has undertaken research with colleagues in relation to workplace learning for allied health professionals and the impact of online training programs on clinical practice. She is currently the Principal Allied Health Advisor at the NSW Ministry of Health and has a current focus on workforce development and policy initiatives to support the NSW allied health workforce

Kylie Stothers

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Kylie Stothers is a mother of two children and a Jawoyn woman who was born and raised in Katherine, NT. Kylie comes from a large extended family with strong ties in Katherine and surrounding communities. Kylie is the Workforce Development Officer at Indigenous Allied Health Australia and is a social worker who has worked throughout the Northern Territory for over 18 years. She previously worked for the Centre for Remote Health and Flinders University NT at the Katherine site and her

interest areas are in child and maternal health, working with families, health promotion, child protection and health workforce issues. Kylie is passionate about education, health and issues that relate to remote and rural Australia.

Lisa Nissen

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Dr Lisa Nissen is Professor and Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. She is an experienced pharmacy practitioner, researcher and educator having worked in hospital and community pharmacy in metropolitan and rural areas Australia. Her focus is on improving the Quality Use of Medicines in the wider community, with a focus on health service development and factors that influence the prescribing of medicines. Lisa is a strong believer in the benefits multidisciplinary health care teams can bring to patient care with a commitment to the development and implementation of innovative interprofessional education for health students.

Michelle Stute

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Michelle Stute is Allied Health Workforce Development Director at Metro North Hospital and Health Service.  Over the last ten years she has worked in allied health workforce reform, workforce development and service redesign roles. She is experienced in strategic workforce planning and building allied health research capacity, and leads implementation of a peer group supervision and support program. In her current role, Michelle leads a multisite project evaluating new allied health led models of care.   From 2008 to 2011 Michelle managed the implementation and evaluation of a multisite project to introduce new allied health assistant roles while working for the Allied Health Professions Office Queensland.  Michelle is a registered Occupational Therapist.  She holds a Masters in Health Service Management and has worked in clinical and leadership roles in acute, community, public and private sectors. 

Rachel Philips

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Rachel Phillips is the Director of the Allied Health and Research Division for the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service,  leading clinical excellence through education, professional development and research for the Allied Health professions.  In her research role, Rachel leads the development and implementation of the HHS-wide Research and Innovation Strategic Plan.  Rachel is a Clinical Psychologist by trade and has clinical experience across a variety of clinical areas including clinical health psychology, child and youth mental health, and complex psychological problems.  Rachel maintains a strong presence in psychology as a supervisor to provisional psychologists and psychologists in leadership roles.  Rachel is currently the Deputy Chair of the Psychology Board of Australia and Chair of the National Psychology Examination Committee.

Robyn Adams

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Robyn is the Executive Officer for the Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences.  Robyn has worked in public, private, aged care and academic sectors, holding clinical, management and academic roles in metropolitan and regional settings. Advocacy and leadership roles within professional organisations extends this experience and contributes to her continuing work in the allied health sector. Robyn holds a bachelor qualification in physiotherapy, graduate qualifications in health service management and a doctorate from JCU.

Selina Taylor

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Selina Taylor is the Pharmacy Academic at the Mount Isa Centre Rural and Remote Health (MICRRH). She supports students and interns through learning and immersion in the community. She also co-ordinates pharmacy student placements in and around the region to remote areas such as Karumba, Normanton, Longreach, Winton, Camooweal, Boulia and Cloncurry. The student placements generally involve an experience of a few facet of pharmacy including a Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, and Outreach/Remote Pharmacy as well as HMR/RMMR experience. This allows the students to see first-hand the opportunities and challenges rural pharmacy can present.

Tracy Hardy

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Tracy Hardy, a proud descendant of the Kamilaroi nation, completed her Bachelor of Nutrition/Dietetics (Hons) in 2017. Tracy, one of very few Aboriginal dietitians in Australia, now practices as a Dietitian with the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health.  Tracy loves working collaboratively with communities with the goal of improving nutritional health outcomes.  Tracy is also participating in the Heart Foundation’s Health Professional Ambassador Program for 2018. Tracy has previously acted as the Chairperson for Indigenous Allied Health Australia’s (IAHA) Student Representative Committee in 2016 and as an IAHA Board Director (Student) in 2017.

Leigh Burton

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Graduating in 2009 with a Masters in Physiotherapy, Leigh has worked within for both ACT and Queensland Health, from Community Paediatrics to Acute Hospital settings. With a passion for Rural practice, Leigh worked clinically in the Whitsundays for 8 years when he obtained additional qualifications in Health Service Management and now looks after the Rural Allied Health teams within Townsville Hospital and Health Service. Leigh also sits on the Australian Physiotherapy Association Rural National Group, and has a specific focus on improving health outcomes for Rural communities through collaboration between the Public sector, Private and NGOs.