Professor Ian Olver AM


Professor Ian Olver AM is Director at the Sansom Institute of Health Research. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Council Australia, head of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre, and a former Chair of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and of Cancer Council Australia's Medical and Scientific Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Cancer Australia (the Federal Government's cancer control agency) and the Board of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre, a number of grants and ethics committees and holds several honorary academic and clinical posts.

Professor Olver was a member of the 2009–2012 triennium of AHEC and was chair of AHEC during the 2012–2015 triennium.


  • Employed by University of South Australia
  • I hold 3 project grants and 1 partnership grant funded by NHMRC, 1 ARC linkage grant, 1 Sydney Catalyst Grant and one Cancer Australia grant. I am a CI on 3 further project grants and 2 Centre of Research Excellence Grants submitted in 2015
  • I have applied for 3 NHMRC Grants and 1 Translational Research Project.
  • I have consulted for the company Tesaro with UniSA receiving the funds.
Professor Ingrid Winship


Professor Ingrid Winship is the inaugural Chair of Adult Clinical Genetics at the University of Melbourne and Executive Director of Research for Melbourne Health.

A medical graduate of the University of Cape Town, she completed postgraduate training in genetics and dermatology before combining an academic position at the university with a clinical position. In 1994, Professor Winship took up an academic position at the University of Auckland where she later became Professor of Clinical Genetics, Clinical Director of the Northern Regional Genetic Service and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (2000–2004).

She is currently Chair of the Victorian Cooperative Oncology Group and a Member of the Victorian Cancer Action Plan Implementation Committee. She is on the steering committee for the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative and the clinical advisory panel for the Australian Synchrotron.


  • Paid Employment: Melbourne Health & University of Melbourne
  • Board Membership – no payment: • Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (as the representative of Melbourne Health • Member, Doherty Institute Council • Member, Victorian Cancer Agency • Director, Board of Global Variome
  • Director of GAIN Superfund and Director of Gordon Family Trust.
  • I am a member of the SAC to the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics at the Garvan Institute
  • Governor of the Florey Institute
Dianne Nicol


Dianne Nicol is a Professor at the Law Faculty at the University of Tasmania in Australia and Director of the Centre for Law and Genetics (CLG), which is housed in the Law Faculty. The broad theme of the CLG's research is the regulation of biotechnology, human genetics and stem cell technology. Dianne’s research particularly focuses on the legal and social issues associated with the commercialisation of genetic knowledge and patenting of genetic inventions. She is currently the lead chief investigator on two Australian Research Council funded projects, one on the role of law in regulating personalised medicine and the other on material transfer agreements in the era of open science. Dianne's previous research includes a recently completed project on patenting biotechnological inventions, aimed at understanding the changing roles patenting, licensing and collaboration in innovation in complex areas of technology like biotechnology. In 2012 Dianne was appointed to a three member expert panel to review pharmaceutical patenting in Australia. Dianne also currently holds the role of Chair of Academic Senate at the University of Tasmania. She has served on the University's Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee, and held the role of Chair of the University’s Animal Research Ethics Committee for 5 years.


  • I am employed as a Professor of Law and Chair of Academic Senate at the University of Tasmania and I am the Director of the Centre for Law and Genetics at the University of Tasmania
  • I am currently the first named chief investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant
  • I publish academic articles and other reports on my research, which focuses on the legal, ethical and social implications of genetic technologies
  • Member, Safe Harbor Task Team of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health Regulatory and Ethics Working Group (September 2014 – ongoing) Member, Expert Panel, Federal Government Review of Pharmaceutical Patents (October 2012 – May 2013) Board member, Law Foundation of Tasmania (September 2007 – ongoing)
Dr Sarah Winch


Dr Sarah Winch is a healthcare ethicist employed at the School of Medicine, The University of Queensland where she teaches ethics and law to medical students and conducts research on futile treatment and compassion in healthcare. Sarah consults to clinicians on issues of ethical concern, most commonly, on end of life matters and resource allocation. She has published over 60 academic journal articles and book chapters in ethics, the history of ideas, evidence based practice and research capacity building, and has acquitted over $3 million in competitive research funding. In her spare time she is the CEO of Health Ethics Australia, a not for profit charity that focuses on improving death literacy for Australians and compassion safety for clinicians. Her most recent book, Best Death Possible: A Guide for Dying Australians (2013) is written for a lay audience. Sarah was recently listed as an "Australian Activist" category "death". This is likely to be in response to her extensive work to improve death literacy in the community via death cafes, death over dinner and the forthcoming (2016) Brisbane Death Festival in partnership with Metro Arts Queensland.


  • Employment Interest Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland, School of Medicine 2008 – current Integrity officer for student misconduct matters 2015–16
  • Grant holder ARC Linkage Project: 2012–16 Futile treatment at the end of life: legal, policy, sociological and economic perspectives
  • Consultant ethicist (non paid)
  • Shareholdings in Australian Companies in Banking, Mining and Retail.
  • Charity work: CEO Health Ethics Australia (pro bono – no wages received)
  • Author: Best Death Possible (a publication to assist everyday Australians to get a good death). Published and sold privately.
Reverend McGovern


Reverend McGovern is a Roman Catholic priest. A former optometrist, he was ordained in 1988. Since August 2007, he has been the Director of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics, which is sponsored by the Catholic Hospitals of Victoria.

From 1997 to 2006, he lectured in Christian ethics and moral theology at the Brisbane College of Theology, where he taught units in fundamental moral theology, sex and sexuality, marriage and family, bioethics, and Catholic social teaching. He is a member of the Department of Moral Theology and Canon Law at Catholic Theological College in the Melbourne University of Divinity. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at Australian Catholic University. In 2011, he was a member of the Heerey Review of Australia’s cloning and embryo research laws.

Revd McGovern was a member of the 2012–2015 triennium of AHEC.


  • Director of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics since August 2007.
  • Revd McGovern is a Minister of Religion in the Catholic Church.
  • Revd McGovern has written many articles on bioethics, mostly in the Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin.
  • Former Member of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee.
  • Former Member of Human Research Ethics Committee, Masonic Care Qld – Central and Southern Region.
  • Former Member of Human Research Ethics Committee, The Sisters of Charity and Holy Spirit Service Queensland.
  • Former Board Member of BoysTown Ltd.
  • Member of Clinical Ethics Committee at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne from August 2007.
  • Member of Cabrini Human Research Ethics Committee from September 2007.
  • Member of Department of Moral Theology and Canon Law at Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne since January 2008.
  • Secretary-Treasurer of Catholic Moral Theology Association of Australia and New Zealand from January 2008.
  • Former Member of 2011 Independent Legislative Review Committee for Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 and Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 (the Heerey Review).
  • Member of Advance Care Planning Working Group at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne since April 2011.
  • Member of Research Ethics and Ethics Committee at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Melbourne from September 2011.
  • Adjunct Lecturer at Australian Catholic University since November 2012.
  • Member of Australian Catholic Theological Association from December 2014.
  • Member of Advance Care Planning Steering Committee at Mercy Health, Melbourne since March 2015.
Professor Louisa Jorm


Louisa Jorm is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at UNSW. She is an Australian leader in epidemiological research using linked administrative health data, including hospital inpatient, mortality and Medicare data.

From 2007 until November 2014, she was Foundation Professor of Population Health and Director of the Centre for Health Research at the University of Western Sydney, and Senior Advisor at the Sax Institute. Prior to this, she spent more than 15 years in senior positions in public health policy and service roles. She has played a leading role in the establishment of major infrastructure and capacity for health big data research in Australia, including the Centre for Health Record Linkage, the 45 and Up Study and the Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) data laboratory. In the last 5 years Professor Jorm has published more than 60 scientific papers, been awarded almost $10M in research funding and given invited plenary presentations at five international and 11 national conferences.

She represents the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) on the international Public Health Research Data Forum convened by the Wellcome Trust and chairs the NHMRC’s Data Reference Group.


  • Holder of NHMRC Project, Partnership Project and Capacity Building Grants and applicant and likely future applicant for NHMRC Project, Partnership Project and Centre for Research Excellence grants.
  • Member (appointed by NSW Minister for Health) NSW Bureau of Health Information Board Member (appointed by Commonwealth Minister for Health) – Alcoholic Beverage Advertising Code (ABAC) Adjudication Panel
  • Professor and Director, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW Australia, since November 2014. Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, since December 2014
  • Board Member, Scientia Clinical Research, UNSW
Professor Anne Edwards

Emeritus Professor

Professor Anne Edwards has spent her career in universities, first in England and then in Australia. She held the position of Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University in Adelaide from January 2001 to December 2007, following a period as Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Previously she was at Monash University in Melbourne for many years.

Professor Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a PhD in sociology from the University of London and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Edwards has authored a number of journal articles, research papers, reports and conference papers and has produced three books. Her research interests cover social policy, the state, power and social control, social inequality, gender and women’s issues, ageing and youth and she has been a consultant in the human services sector.

Professor Edwards has served on various boards of not-for-profit and government organisations, including the Council of the Ageing, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Flinders Medical Centre and the Southern Adelaide Health Service, and the South Australian Premier’s Council for Women. In 2013 she took up the position of inaugural Chair of Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) established as part of the National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children 2012–2022.


Potential for joint research activity between NHMRC and ANROWS

Professor Helen Edwards


Professor Helen Edwards is Assistant Dean, International and Engagement, at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and a member of the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation. Helen is a Program Leader for the Australian Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre and leads the Clinical Application program. She has worked in education and research for 33 years and was the Head of School of Nursing at QUT for 16 years.

Helen is internationally recognised for her work in ageing, chronic disease and wound management. She leads the wound management research team at QUT and works with multi-disciplinary teams and in partnership with industry. She commenced a patient centered Wound Healing Community Outreach Service at QUT in 2009. Helen has been an editor for 4 editions of a medical surgical textbook and has published over 110 articles and book chapters. Since 2005 she has secured $40M AUD of research funding from national and international funding sources. She also served as the Director of the Queensland Dementia and Training Study Centre for 3 years. Helen has supervised 14 higher degree students to completion and 3 of these students were granted an Outstanding Thesis Award.

Helen has been a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing since 1980. In 2011, she received an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her service to nursing education and research and in 2012 she was inducted into the STTI, International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. In 2014 she was awarded Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing. Currently Helen is a Board Member of Metro North Hospital and Health Service, the largest health service in Queensland, and a Board Member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.


  • Employed Queensland University of Technology since 1982
  • Member Metro North Hospital and Health Service since 2012
  • Member Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Committee since 2014
  • Program Leader for Wound Management Innovation CRC since 2008 and conducting research funded by this CRC
  • Current, past and likely future application to NHMRC for research support
  • Member of NHMRC funded CRE for Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Gibb, M., Edwards, H., Gardner, G. ( In Press) Scoping study into wound management nurse practitioner models of practice. Australian Health Review. Finlayson, K., Wu, Min-Lin., Edwards, H. (2015). Identifying risk factors and protective factors for venous leg ulcer recurrence using a theoretical approach: A longitudinal study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52 (2015), pp. 1042-1051. Edwards, H., Finlayson, K., Skerman, H., Alexander, K., Miaskowski, C., Aouizerzat, B., Gibb, M. (2014) Identification of symptom clusters in patients with chronic venous leg ulcers. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 47(5), 867-875. IF 2.5 Edwards, H., Finlayson, K., Maresco-Pennisi, D., Gibb, M., Parker, C., Graves, N. (2014). The long and winding road: health services for clients with chronic leg ulcers in the community. Wound Practice and Research (in press), accepted 17/11/14. Finlayson, K., Edwards, H., Courtney, M. (2014) Venous leg ulcer recurrence: Deciphering long term patient adherence to preventative treatment and activities. Wound Practice and Research, 22(2), p91-97. O’ Brien, J,. Finlayson, K., Kerr, G., Edwards, H. (2014). The perspectives of adults with venous leg ulcers on exercise: An exploratory study. Journal of Wound Care, 23, (10), p496-509. O’ Brien, J,. Finlayson, K., Kerr, G., Edwards, H. (2014). Testing the effectiveness of a self-efficacy based exercise intervention for adults with venous leg ulcers: Protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMC Dermatology, 14, p 1-9. Graves, N., Finlayson, K., Gibb, M., O’Reilly, M., Edwards, H. (2014). Modelling the economic benefits of gold standard care for chronic wounds in a community setting. Wound Practice and Research, 22(3), pp. 163-168. Harding. K., Aldons, P., Edwards, H., Stacey, M., Finlayson, K., Gibb, M., Jenkins, L., Shooter, G., Lonkhuyzen, D., Lynam, E, Heinrichs, E-L., Upton, Z. (2014) Effectiveness of an acelular synthetic matrix in the treatment of hard-to-heal leg ulcers. International Wound Journal. DOI: 10.1111/iwj.12115. IF 1.46 Finlayson K, Courtney M, Gibb M, O’Brien, J, Parker C, Edwards H. (2014) The effectiveness of a four layer compression bandage system in comparison to Class 3 compression hosiery on healing and quality of life for patients with venous leg ulcers: A randomised controlled trial. International Wound Journal. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2012.01033.x IF 1.46 Zhang, S., Guo, Q., Edwards, H., Yates, P., Li, C. (2014). Self-efficacy moderation and mediation roles on BPSD and social support influences on subjective caregiver burden in Chinese spouse caregivers of dementia patients. International Psychogeriatric, 26(9), 0 1465-1473. Zhang, S., Edwards, H., Yates, P., Li, C., & Guo, Q. (2014) Self-efficacy partially mediates between social support and health-related quality of life in family caregivers for dementia patients in Shanghai. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 37(1-2), 33-44). Shuter, P., Edwards, H., & Beattie, E. (2014). An exploratory study of grief and health related quality of life for caregivers of people with dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Diseases and other Dementias. Published on December 31, 2013 as doi:10.1177/1533317513517034, IF 1.5 Shao, J., Chang, A., Edwards, H., Shyu, Y., Chen, S. (2014) A randomized controlled trial of self-management programme improves health-related outcomes of older people with heart failure. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(11), 2458-2469. IF 2.29 Augustin, M., Gutknecht, Anastasiadou, Z., Heyer, K., Harding, K., Aldons, P., Edwards, H., Stacey, M., Heinrichs, E-L., Shannon, R. (2014). Effectiveness of an acellular synthetic matrix as an adjunct to standard care in venous and mixed leg ulcers: Comparisons of clinical study data and routine data. Wund Management, 8(6), 270 -275. (In German) Edwards, H., Finlayson, K., Courtney, M., Graves, N., Gibb, M., Parker, C. (2013) Health service pathways for patients with chronic leg ulcers: Identifying effective pathways for facilitation of evidence based wound care. (2013) BMC Health Services Research. 13:86. IF 1.46 O’Brien, J., Edwards, H., Stewart, I., Gibbs, H. (2013) A home-based progressive resistance exercise programme for patients with venous leg ulcers: a feasibility study. International Wound Journal, 10(4): 389-96. IF 1.46 Innes-Walker, K & Edwards, H. (2013) A wound management education and training needs analysis of health consumers and the relevant health workforce and stocktake of available education and training activities and resources. Wound Practice and Research, 21(3), pp. 104-109. Zhang, S., Edwards, H., Yates, P., Guo, Q., Li, C. (2013) Partial medication role of self-efficacy between positive social interaction and mental health in family caregivers for dementia patients in Shanghai. PLoS ONE, 8(12), e83326. Shen, H., Edwards, H., Courtney, M., McDowell, J. & Wu, M. (2013) Barriers and facilitators to diabetes self-management: Perspectives of older community dwellers and health professionals in China. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 19,6: 627-635. IF 0.88 Zhang, S., Edwards, H., Yates, P., Elder, R., Guo, Q. (2013) Preliminary reliability and validity of a self-efficacy questionnaire for Chinese family caregivers. Aging and Mental Health. 17, 5: 630-637. IF 1.98 Tran, Linh T.K., Walsh, A., Edwards, H., Huynh, Hong T.L. (2012) Vietnamese parents’ experience and beliefs caring for febrile children aged between six months and five years at Ho Chi Minh Children’s Hospitals. Ho Chi Minh Journal of Medicine, Paediatric issue, 16 (2), 200-208 Zhang, S., Edwards, H., Yates, P., Elder, R., & Guo, Q. (2012) Development of Self-Efficacy Questionnaire for Chinese Family Caregivers. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing (2012) 21, 358–365. IF 1.07 Shen, H., Edwards, H., Courtney, M., McDowell, J. & Wu, M. (2012) Peer-led diabetes self-management programme for community-dwelling older people in China: study protocol for a quasi-experimental design. Journal of Advanced Nursing. IF 1.47 Fernandez, M., Upton, Z., Edwards, H., Finlayson, K., and G. Shooter. (2012). Elevated uric acid correlates with delayed wound healing Journal. International Wound Journal, 9: 139-149. F 1.46 Gray, L.C., L. Dakin, S. Counsell, H. Edwards, R. Wootton, and M. Martin-Khan. (2012). 'Online' geriatric assessment procedure for older adults referred for geriatric assessment during an acute care episode for consideration of reliability of triage decisions. BMC Geriatrics, 12:10. IF 1.97 Martin-Khan, M., Flicker, L., Wootton, R., Loh, P., Edwards, H., Varghese, P., Byrne, G., Klein, K., Gray, L. (2012) The Diagnostic Accuracy of Telegeriatrics for the Diagnosis of Dementia via Video Conferencing, JAMDA, 13, 5, e419-424. IF 4.64 O’Brien, J., Edwards, H., Finlayson, K., Kerr, G. (2012). Understanding the relationships between calf muscle pump, ankle range of motion and healing for adults with venous leg ulcers. Wound Practice and Research. 20,2, 80-85. Liang, S. Y., Yates, P., Edwards, H., & Tsay, S. L. (2012). Opioid-taking self-efficacy amongst Taiwanese outpatients with cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer. 20(2); 199-206. IF 2.59
  • Summarising and reviewing evidence related to wound care for RAC residents - funded by DOHA
Professor Procopis


Professor Procopis is a Paediatric Neurologist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. He was a member of the New South Wales Medical Board from 1999 to 2010 and was Chair of its Conduct Committee until appointed President in 2005. In August 2009, he was appointed to the Medical Board of Australia. He became President of the NSW Medical Council when it replaced the NSW Medical Board in 2010.

From 2005, Professor Procopis was a member of the Australian Medical Council and a Director of the Council from 2008 to 2010. He was Chair of the Joint Medical Boards Advisory Committee from 2008-2010. As President of the Australian College of Paediatrics from 1993-1995, he has been active in College affairs.

Professor Procopis has also held many offices in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, including Chair of the Committee for Examinations and Chair of the Board of Continuing Professional Development.


Employed by The Children's Hospital at Westmead, NSW

Rebecca Davies


Rebecca Davies has been involved in health related organisations for over 22 years, since her now 24 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She is a long standing board member at JDRF Australia, chairs its research committee and sits on the International Board. She is President of the Heart Foundation (NSW) and on its national board, and sits on the boards of other organisations in the health sector, including public and private hospitals, aged care and community care.

Her professional training is as a lawyer and she was a partner of a major law firm for many years. She has also been board member and chair at various financial services institutions. Ms Davies is a current member of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee and the Community and Consumer Advisory Group, and is a previous member of Research Committee. Ms Davies has also been an observer for NHMRC grant reviews.


  • non executive director and member/chair of various committees LCM Healthcare is only remunerated position, I am also a donor to JDRF and Palestrina Foundation
  • writer and facilitator, member National Education Advisory Committee
  • providing mentoring services to young professionals
  • (chair/President) NSW. National board member donor expenses only reimbursed
  • Member of Council – unpaid position
Associate Professor Clara Gaff


Clara Gaff is Executive Director of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance. Clara has been involved in the use of genetics and genomics in health care for more than 20 years, through roles in genetic counselling, management of genetic services, health professional education, and strategic development in Australia and the UK. She has worked in public health, government, academic and not-for-profit sectors.

Clara was appointed to the NHMRC's Australian Health Ethics Committee, Health Translation Advisory Committee and Genetics Working Committee. Clara is also a member of the Ethics and Social Issues Committee of the Human Genetics Society of Australia, the BioGrid Australia Scientific Advisory Committee, the Advisory Committee and the VCCC Personalised Medicine Committee.

An Honorary Principal Research Fellow at the Departments of Medicine and Paediatrics at The University of Melbourne, Clara holds a PhD in molecular genetics, certification in genetic counselling and postgraduate qualifications in health service research and evaluation.


  • I have been employed by the host institution of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance since 2013
  • I contribute in my professional capacity to these committees.
  • These honorary appointments recognise the contribution I make to the academic activities of these organisations.
  • I am a Principal Investigator. My employing institution does not receive funding from this grant.
  • Chief Investigator on NHMRC Targeted Call for Genomics Grant
Dr McAullay

Associate Professor

Dr McAullay has considerable experience in health research, policy and practice. He has worked in a number of senior positions in these areas as well as in tertiary education. He is a registered nurse with qualifications including a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Applied Epidemiology and a Bachelor of Science. He has provided advice to a number of Government departments and non-Government organisations, including large research institutes and has sat on a number of committees providing advice to State and Commonwealth Government in the area of health. He has a strong health research track record including presentations, publications and grants. His primary research areas of interest include maternal, infant and child health, primary health care and other health services research.

He currently works as Research Associate Professor at the Centre for Improving Health Services for Aboriginal Children (Princess Margaret Hospital/ University of Western Australia) and as the Principal Research Consultant at Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research at Edith Cowan University. He also runs his own consulting company (Dan McAullay Consulting) and consults with the wholly Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and managed consulting company, DDMC Partners.


  • Working with CI to manage the Project grant and assist with a CRE.
  • Past consultancies have included work for WA and ACT Government departments and NGOs
  • CI on Grants with Karen Edmond, Bridgette McNamara and Jonathan Carapetis
  • Two published documents relate to the development of the Values and Ethics Guidelines.
  • Friendships through current and past working relationships
  • I have a consulting business with Sister of an NHMRC employee
  • Employed as Adjunct Associate Professor/ Principal Research Consultant at Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University
  • Child and Adolescent Health Service Board – Department of Health Western Australia
Karen Liu

Associate Professor

Karen Liu is an occupational therapist who has practiced as a clinician in both Hong Kong and USA. She received the PhD in 2002 in rehabilitation sciences specializing in neurological rehabilitation. She worked as an academic at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University since 1999. In February 2012, Karen moved to Sydney and started to work at the Western Sydney University (Formerly known as University of Western Sydney).

Karen's focus of research includes use of mental imagery and self-regulation in rehabilitation, functional regain in neurological rehabilitation, memory strategies employed to enhance recall for elderly and people with mild cognitive impairments and dementia. She also conducts research in using various strategies to enhance learning for children with developmental disabilities. For the above areas of research, besides investigating the clinical efficacy of interventions, Karen also studies the behaviour and neural mechanism of individuals with the purpose of understanding how and why the intervention works.


  • Employment - Employed as Associate Professor, School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University (formerly known as University of Western Sydney)
  • Likely future application to NHMRC for research and people support
  • Published papers on rehabilitation since 1999
  • 10 most relevant publications Wan Yunus, F., Liu, K.P.Y., Bissett, M. & Penkala, S. (2015). Sensory-Based Intervention for Children with Behavioral Problems: A Systematic Review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI 10.1007/s10803-015-2503-9 Liu, K.P.Y. & Chan, C.C.H. (2014). A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Self-Regulation in Promoting Function in Acute Post-Stroke Patients. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95, 1262-1267. Kuo, C.C.M., Liu, K.P.Y., Ting, K-.H. & Chan, C.C.H. (2014). Age-related Effects on Perceptual and Semantic Encoding in Memory. Neuroscience, 261, 95-106. Kho, A.Y., Liu, K.P.Y., Chung, R.C.K. (2014). Meta-analysis on the effect of mental imagery on motor recovery of the hemiplegic upper extremity function. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 61 (2), 38-48. Kuo, C.C.M., Liu, K.P.Y., Ting, K.-H., & Chan, C.C.H. (2012). The differential roles of perceptual and semantic subsequent memory effects using an orthographic paradigm. Brain Research, 1486, 82-91. Li, R. & Liu, K.P.Y. (2012). The use of errorless learning strategies for patients with Alzheimer's Disease: A literature review. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 35 (4), 290-298. Lim, M.H.X., Liu, K.P.Y., Cheung, G.S.F., Kuo, M.C.C., Li, R. & Tong, C.-Y. (2012). Effectiveness of a Multifaceted Cognitive Training Program for People with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A one-group pre- and post-test design. Hong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy, 22, 3-8. Liu, K.P.Y., Kuo, M.C.C., Tang, K.-C., Chau, A.W.S., Ho, I.H.T., Kwok, M.P.H., Chan, W.C.W., Choi, R.H.K., Lam, N.C.W., Chu, M.M.L., Chu, L.-W. (2011). Effects of age, education and gender in the Consortium to Establish a Registry for the Alzheimer’s Disease (CERAD)-Neuropsychological Assessment Battery for Cantonese-speaking Chinese Elders. International Psychogeriatrics, 23 (10), 1575-1581. Leung, D.P.K. & Liu, K.P.Y. (2011). Review of Self-Awareness and its Clinical Application in Stroke Rehabilitation. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 34 (3), 187-195. Liu, K.P.Y., Chan, C.C.H., Wong, R.S.M., Kwan, I.W.L., Yau, C.S.F., Li, L.S.W., & Lee, T.M.C. (2009). A randomized controlled trial of mental imagery augment generalization of learning in acute poststroke patients. Stroke, 40 (6), 2222-2225.
  • Council member: Occupational Therapy Australia NSW Divisional Council
  • Council member - Occupational Therapy Australia NSW Divisional Council
Mark  Arnold

Associate Professor

Mark is the current Associate Dean and Head of School at the Sydney Medical School’s School of Rural Health, and is a practicing physician in the field of Rheumatology, with practices in Dubbo, Gloucester and Orange. At Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Mark held the positions of Visiting Medical Officer (1996–2013) and Clinical Assistant (1990–1996), having undertaken his clinical training in Rheumatology at Royal North Shore Hospital and at Guy’s Hospital in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (1989) and received his MBBS from the University of Sydney (1983). He has served on Sydney University Human Research Ethics committees, and previously on the Clinical Ethics Committee at North Shore Private Hospital. He undertook a Masters of Bioethics at The University of Sydney’s Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM).


  • Full time employment, University of Sydney Right of private practice; area of need funding for Orange practice via Marathon Health (previously Western Medicare Local)
  • Participation in OPAL research group. Participation supported by provision of data collection software from Roche. Support will cease in 2016.
  • NSW State Branch Counsellor, Australian Rheumatology Association. No material benefit.
  • I have been appointed as a member of the Medical Health & Safety Advisory Committee, the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (South Eastern Section).