Professor Terry Haines is Head of the School of Primary and Allied Health Care at Monash University. In this role he is responsible for a school with 6 departments, over 150 staff, and over 180 research higher degree students.
He has a professional background in physiotherapy and health economics, and has worked in research roles imbedded within health services for over 15 years before commencing as the Head of School in 2017. He has previously worked for Eastern Health, the University of Queensland, the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and Monash Health.
His primary research interest is in improving the allocation of health care resources to better meet emerging community needs and reducing waste. He currently leads the NHMRC funded EviTAH project, which is focused on identifying the most effective and efficient ways of translating research evidence into practice. This work builds on recent collaborative work with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services developing the online Resource Allocation Decision Tool, designed to assist health service managers to incorporate research evidence into a broader decision making framework.
Professor Haines’s research has led to several advances in health outcomes, notably:
- Leading the world’s first trial to demonstrate that falls amongst hospitalised adults could be prevented.
- Developing a patient education program that led to a 50% reduction in falls and fall injuries when rolled out in a randomised trial amongst geriatric rehabilitation units in Western Australia.
He has also contributed to advances in research methodology. Notable examples include:
- Development of a new randomised controlled trial research design for the context of disinvestment from a routinely provided service that has a relative absence of evidence examining its effectiveness or economic efficiency.
- Development of a new statistical analysis approach for the evaluation of screening tool predictive accuracy where the outcome of interest is a recurrent event.
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Professor Kathryn Refshauge is Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. She is a member of several boards and committees in the health sector in NSW as well as various professional and research bodies. She has also served on the executive of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and human research ethics committees, and was involved in the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative.
Her research focuses on integrating her physiotherapy, biomedical engineering and physiology backgrounds to improve health outcomes, particularly for musculoskeletal conditions. She is currently a chief investigator on two Centres for Research Excellence – one in Neuromuscular Disorders: Transforming the management of neuromuscular disorders from compassionate assistance to targeted therapy and prevention and the other in recovery following road traffic injuries. She has published extensively in the area of musculoskeletal health, and developed guidelines and position statements for best practice in diagnosis and management of various musculoskeletal conditions.
Professor Refshauge was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2016, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In 2011, Professor Refshauge received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Student Supervision and a national award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. She holds several honorary professorial appointments and is a member of editorial board of international journals.
Dr Sturgess works across the Francis Health network and is currently engaged on emergency department and patient flow performance improvement projects with a number of District Health Boards in New Zealand. Over the last 12 months Ian has also worked with several health districts and services in NSW and Queensland, including Nepean Blue Mountains LHD.
Prior to joining Francis Health, Ian worked as the clinical leader for Britain’s Emergency Care Improvement Program, working with more than 150 hospitals to enhance their emergency care performance. His focus is instilling a ‘no wasting of patient’s time’ mindset into organisations, with the aim of releasing clinician time and delivering better patient outcomes. He believes that a patient’s time is the most important currency in healthcare.
As a geriatrician, Ian is particularly passionate about optimising the pathways for frail and elderly patients and preventing risks associated with long hospital stays, such as deconditioning – what he believes to be a hidden epidemic in healthcare settings.
He is an expert advisor on acute flow performance initiatives and has developed now widely used methodologies such as the “Red2Green” approach that focuses on reducing unnecessary waiting and delays for patients in hospital.