Investigators & Staff

Investigators

Professor Belinda Gabbe is Head of the Pre-hospital, Emergency and Trauma Research Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. She is an injury epidemiologist with a clinical background in physiotherapy. Belinda is also a Chief Investigator on the Victorian State Trauma Registry (VSTR) and the Burns Registry of Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ). Her research focuses on the evaluation of trauma systems, trauma system improvements and measuring the burden of injury. A particular research focus is quantifying the outcomes of non-fatal injury and improving measurement of non-fatal injury burden.

Professor Peter Cameron is Head of the Health Services Research Division in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.  He is also Academic Director of the Emergency and Trauma Centre at The Alfred and Chair of the Monash/Alfred Injury Network (MAIN). He is currently a Chief Investigator on a number of NHMRC grants including the Centre for Research Excellence in Pre-hospital Emergency Care (PEC-ANZ) and a number of partnership and project grants involving injury and trauma research.  Professor Cameron is also a Chief Investigator on a number of other registries including the Victorian State Trauma Registry (VSTR), the Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry (VACAR), the Massive Transfusion Registry (MTR) and the Aus-ROC Epistry.

Associate Professor Elton Edwards is an orthopaedic surgeon at Alfred Hospital and in private practice in Melbourne. He participates extensively in the clinical management of orthopaedic trauma at the Level 1 Alfred Trauma Centre. He has served on numerous committees at a local, state, national and international level, relating to trauma and orthopaedic management and is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings on topics relating to care of the orthopaedic trauma patient. Current clinical interests include lower limb surgery and most trauma related areas including complex periarticular fractures, non union, infection and deformity correction. Elton was the individual who initiated the VOTOR concept back in 2003.

Professor Richard de Steiger is the Epworth Victor Smorgon Chair of Surgery, The University of Melbourne and Chairman of the Musculoskeletal Clinical Institute of Epworth HealthCare. He is also the Deputy Director of the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry, and on the board of the Victorian / Tasmanian Regional Training Committee. His particular interests include hip and knee joint replacement and arthroscopy and osteotomy.

Associate Professor Martin Richardson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne at the Epworth Hospital and an orthopaedic surgeon. He is a member of the Australian Shoulder & Elbow Society and the Australasian Trauma Society. He is a member of the Victorian Trauma Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and of the National Board of EMST/ATLS and DSTC Trauma Programs for the RACS. He is an examiner for the Basic Surgical Training (BST) Program of the RACS and the Anatomy Department of the University of Melbourne. Martin specialises in shoulder surgery, sports related orthopaedics, knee and hip surgery.

Associate Professor Sue Liew is a VMO at The Royal Children's Hospital as a member of the Scoliosis/Spinal Deformity Service and the Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Alfred. She has a special interest in spinal trauma and has a strong interest in teaching and training. Sue is currently an examiner in Orthopaedic Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor through the The Alfred Hospital Department of Surgery.

Professor Richard Page is Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Spokesperson for Barwon Health, Head of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Medicine at Deakin University, and a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the School Of Medicine. He is also Director of the Barwon Orthopaedic Research Unit and the Fellowship Programme at Geelong Hospital, Victoria, Australia. Research interests include outcomes of shoulder conditions and shoulder arthroplasty, as well as biomaterials assessment and epidemiology.

Associate Professor Raphael Hau is the Director of Orthopaedics at The Northern Hospital. He is a member of the Victorian and Tasmanian Regional Training Committee of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and a member of the steering Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer of University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Monash University. Raphael’s surgical interests include  knee arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, hip & knee replacements, upper and lower limb fractures and revision Joint replacement.

Associate Professor Andrew Bucknill is Head of the Orthopaedic Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has an interest in hip and knee surgery as well as pelvic trauma. Working exclusively at the Royal Melbourne site, he has driven forwards the orthopaedic department to reorganise and develop the unit to improve quality of care and training. He was chair of the Steering committee for state-wide implementation of the Victorian Orthopaedic Waiting list Project (OA Hip and Knee Service). As Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, he is active in research and teaching. He reviews scientific articles for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and is faculty on the internationally-renowned AO courses for fracture management

Mr Andrew Oppy is an orthopaedic surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Epworth Hospital in Melbourne.  Andrew has a specific interest in the orthopaedic management of all traumatic injuries and their sequelae.  He completed 2 further years of fellowship training in orthopaedic trauma surgery, limb reconstruction and pelvic/hip trauma surgery in Australia and the United Kingdom.  Andrew's special interests are: Orthopaedic Trauma - magement of all acute othopaedic sports/trauma fractures, associated injuries and their sequelae; Adult Limb reconstruction - including post-traumatic reconstruction, joint fusions, demormity correction, non/mal unions and fracture/bone infections. Performing the above surgery using the world's latest advances in locking plate technology and fine wire hexapod external fixation devices.  He maintains a keen interest in research and education and is a member of a number of professional oraganisations.

Project Manager

Ms Melissa Hart is the VOTOR Project Manager at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Melissa has extensive clinical and management experience predominantly in the speciality areas of trauma and orthopaedic nursing. She has waiting list management experience and was also the Orthopaedic Liasion Nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital prior to her move into research. In 2003 she was employed with VOTOR as the research nurse for the RMH and in 2005 became the Project Coordinator for VOTOR DEPM. Melissa has also had a key role  in many of the VOTOR projects listed in the VOTOR Research programs.

Staff

Ms Mimi Morgan is the Critical Care Research Division Research Manager, in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University and the Executive Officer of the Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (AusROC). She is responsible for management of all projects within the Division.

Ms Amanda Fonstin is a Research Officer in the Pre-hospital, Emergency and Trauma group in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Amanda coordinates several research studies including the Victorian State Trauma Registry.

Dr Anna Devlin is a psychologist with expertise in rehabilitation psychology and has completed a DPsych (Health). Her clinical expertise in rehabilitation psychology and pain management supports her main area of research interest that aims to improve physical and mental health outcomes for adults post-injury. Anna has a background in road trauma research, particularly in relation to vulnerable road users, and the impact of medical conditions and alcohol on road user safety. She works as a Research Fellow on projects related to the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Outcomes Registry.