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Postdoctoral Reference Group

The Postdoctoral Reference Group was established early 2012 to provide feedback to NHMRC on issues of relevance to those crucial years in a researcher’s career after obtaining their PhD.


The function of the group is to engage with and advise NHMRC on:

  • issues regarding the Early Career Fellowship and Career Development Fellowship schemes;
  • broader issues applying to all funding schemes, such as mentoring, balancing family, research and professional responsibilities; and
  • other matters that may affect developing researchers, such as international opportunities and developments in the higher educational and health care systems.


Subject to other possible initiatives for early career researchers, NHMRC anticipates inviting institutions to nominate members who are early to mid-career researchers with potential for leadership and with an interest in positive engagement with the Group.

In the interim, any early to mid-career researcher who is interested in joining the Postdoctoral Reference Group may do so, provided that they have the support of their institution.

Enquiries about membership may be sent to

Current members of the group (listed below) are early- to mid-career health and medical researchers. Each has been nominated by their Administering Institution around Australia as having leadership potential.


Administering Institution

Sharon Andrews Menzies Research Institute
Daniel Andrews Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Nicola Armstrong Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Michael Baker Edith Cowan University
Lisa Barnett Deakin University
Frances Batchelor National Ageing Research Institute
Jyotsna Batra Queensland University of Technology
Paul Bennett Deakin University
David  Berlowitz Institute for Breathing and Sleep 
Till Boecking University of New South Wales
James Bourne Monash University 
Nikola  Bowden University of Newcastle
Joanne Bowen University of Adelaide
Kylie Boyce University of Melbourne
Amanda Brandon Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Kristy  Brown Prince Henry's Institute
Kathryn Burdon Flinders University
Christina Bursill Heart Research Institute
Lisa Butler University of Adelaide
Dominique Cadilhac National Stroke Research Institute 
Fadi Charchar University of Ballarat
Xin-Ming Chen Northern Sydney Central Coast Health 
Natalie Ciccone Edith Cowan University
Nigel  Clarke Children's Hospital at Westmead
Michael Cole Australian Catholic University
Janet Coller University of Adelaide
Prue Cormie Edith Cowan University
Peter Crack University of Melbourne
Tania Crotti University of Adelaide
Tobias Cumming  National Stroke Research Institute 
Elizabeth Cyarto National Ageing Research Institute
Viviane Delghingaro-Augusto Australian National University 
Adam Dowrick Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Iain Duggin University of Technology, Sydney 
Louise Dunn Heart Research Institute
Michelle  Dunstone Monash University 
Rochelle Eime University of Ballarat
Colleen Elso St Vincent's Institute 
Krystal Evans Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
Marguerite Evans-Galea Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Andreas Evdokiou University of Adelaide
James Fallon Bionics Institute
Christine Feinle-Bisset University of Adelaide
Becky Freeman University of Sydney
Margaret Fry University of Technology, Sydney 
Paul  Fulbrook Australian Catholic University
Rob Gasperini Menzies Research Institute
Michelle Giles Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Tiffany Gill University of Adelaide
Geoff  Gobert Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Lisa  Gold Deakin University
Alison Gosby University of Sydney
Melissa Graham Deakin University
Lisa  Hanna Deakin University
David  Harrich Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Craig   Harrison Prince Henry's Institute
Alexandra  Harvey University of Melbourne
Alison Hey-Cunningham University of Sydney
Anne-Marie Hill University of Notre Dame Australia
Nicolette Hodyl University of Adelaide
Nolan Hoffman Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Tammy Hoffmann Bond University
Viive M   Howell Northern Sydney Central Coast Health 
Kate Hoy Monash University 
Toby Hughes University of Adelaide
Alison Hutchinson Deakin University
Mark Hutchinson University of Adelaide
Sally Inglis University of Technology, Sydney 
Wendy Ingman University of Adelaide
Danielle Irvine Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Miriam Jackson University of Sydney
Lisa Jamieson University of Adelaide
Penny  Jeffery  Mater Medical Research Institute
Claire Jessup Flinders University
Damien Keating Flinders University
Kelly Kiejda University of Newcastle
Stephen Kwong University of Sydney
Caroline Laurence University of Adelaide
Joshua Lewis Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
David  MacLaren  James Cook University 
Jeremy Marozeau Bionics Institute
Rosetta Martiniello-Wilks University of Technology, Sydney 
Julie McAuley University of Melbourne
Cameron  McDonald Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Michelle McDonald Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Carolyn McIntyre Edith Cowan University
Sarah McNaughton Deakin University
Sarah  Medland Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Ellen  Menkhorst  Prince Henry's Institute
Nicole  Mifsud Monash University 
Todd  Mitchell  University of Wollongong
Lachlan Moldenhauer Centre for Cancer Biology
Angela Morgan Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Richard Moulding  Swinburne University
Jason  Mulvenna  James Cook University 
Padma Murthi University of Melbourne
Lucio Naccarella University of Melbourne
Cate  Nagle Deakin University
Natasha Nassar University of Sydney
Rachel  Neale Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Peter Noble University of Western Australia
Iona Novak University of Notre Dame Australia
Anna Nowak Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Kristen Nowak University of Western Australia
Michael O'Callaghan University of Adelaide
Annette Osei-Kumah University of Adelaide
Emma Parkinson-Lawrence Australian Society for Medical Research
Nathan Pavlos University of Western Australia
Anton  Peleg Monash University 
Phoebe Phillips University of New South Wales
Jane Phillips University of Notre Dame Australia
Julia Pitcher University of Adelaide
Anna Price  Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Judith Pugh Edith Cowan University
Mariastella Pulvirenti Flinders University
Oliver Rackham University of Western Australia
Kristen  Radford Mater Medical Research Institute
Andre Renzaho Monash University 
Mark W. Robinson University of Technology, Sydney 
Monique Robinson University of Western Australia
Rebecca Robker University of Adelaide
Fiona Russell Royal Children's Hospital
Richard Saffery Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Martina Sanderson-Smith University of Wollongong
Catherine Satzke Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Darren Saunders Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Siobhan Schabrun University of Queensland
Emma Sciberras Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Holly Seale University of New South Wales
Mohit Shivdasani Bionics Institute
Tim Silk Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Gurmeet Singh Menzies School of Health Research 
Michael Skilton Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Tina  Skinner-Adams Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Nicola Smith Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute 
Nerissa Soh Northern Sydney Central Coast Health 
Sarah Spencer RMIT University
John  Stambas Deakin University
Michael Stark University of Adelaide
Veronica Stevens University of Sydney
Robyn Tapp University of Melbourne
Katherine Thompson Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
David Tingay Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Stephen Tonna St Vincent's Institute 
Nham Tran University of Technology, Sydney 
Meri Tulic University of Western Australia
Nigel Turner Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Renée Turner University of Adelaide
Gavin Turrell Queensland University of Technology
Paulette van Vliet University of Newcastle
Corneel Vandelanotte Central Queensland University
Julia Warning University of Sydney
Flavie Waters University of Western Australia
Nick  West University of Queensland
Scott Willoughby University of Adelaide
Andrew Wise Bionics Institute
Anita Wluka Monash University 
Jenny Wong University of Wollongong
Lily Xiao Flinders University
Anna Ziersch Flinders University

Postdoctoral Reference Group Contact

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Page last updated on 13 March 2014