Investigators & Staff


Professor Belinda Gabbe is the Head of the Emergency and Trauma Research Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She is an injury epidemiologist with a clinical background in physiotherapy. Belinda is a Chief Investigator of the Victorian State Trauma Registry and the Bi-National Burns Registry.

Professor Peter Cameron Professor  Cameron has recently completed a term as the Chairman of Emergency Medicine for the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar and has returned as the Academic Director of The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre.  He is currently a Chief Investigator on a number of NHMRC grants including the Centre for Research Excellence in Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC) and a number of partnership and project grants involving injury and trauma research.  He is also a Chief Investigator on a number of leading clinical quality registries including the Victorian State Trauma Registry, the Victorian Orthopaedic Trauma Registry, the Victorian Cardiac Arrest Registry, the Massive Transfusion Registry and the Aus-ROC Epistry.  He was Head of the Critical Care Research Division in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, and Co-Director National Trauma Research Institute and is the Immediate Past President of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine. Other past appointments include Professor/Director of Emergency Medicine at Geelong Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital (Hong Kong). He has attracted over 20 million dollars in competitive grants and has over 400 peer reviewed publications.  He is also a principal investigator on a number of large NHMRC multicentre trials, including The Australasian Resuscitation in Sepsis Evaluation – Randomised Controlled Trial (ARISE) (completed) and The RINSE Trial: The Rapid Infusion of Cold Normal SalinE by paramedics during CPR (completed) and POLAR study of hypothermia in head injury.

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.


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.

Mr Adrian Buzgau is the Senior Database Analyst for VOTOR and also works for the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR). He is responsible for maintaining the registry database and performing data extractions for research purposes.