The team behind Future Health Today

Chief Investigators

Associate Professor Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis
Project Co-lead

Jo-Anne is a clinically active academic general practitioner (GP) at the Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne. She leads the Data Driven Quality Improvement theme, which conducts innovative research into the development and implementation of technology to inform decision making in general-practice, and the use of data to describe and improve general-practice activity, with a focus on chronic disease management and antimicrobial stewardship.

Professor John Emery
Project Co-lead

Jon is the Herman Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research at the University of Melbourne, and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Primary Care Research and Education Lead. He is also Director of the Cancer Australia Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4), and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge.

Associate Professor Craig Nelson
Project Co-lead

Craig is the Director of Nephrology at Western Health in Victoria and an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor with the North West Academic Centre of the University of Melbourne. He received First Class Honours at Sydney University for his undergraduate medical degree and completed his PhD through the University of Melbourne. He has over 17 years of experience in Nephrology and General Medicine at Royal Melbourne, Northern Health and Western Health. His PhD was completed on novel markers of Cardiovascular Risk in early CKD. His present research interests are in utilising e-Health to improve the detection and management of early CKD and other chronic diseases including Diabetes, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Heart Failure and Stroke.

Research staff

Dr Barbara Hunter
Qualitative Research Fellow, Implementation and Evaluation Lead

Barbara is an experienced health services mixed methods researcher, specialising in qualitative research, including ethnographic and observational research methods. Her research experience has been applied in a range of sectors, including alcohol and other drugs, integrated health services, education, justice and the emergency services.

Dr Christine Hallinan
Data science and statistics lead


Christine is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne. Her research interest is in the impact of policy on clinical practice in the primary care setting. She has expertise in the analysis of time series data, and in the transformation and modelling of big data. Christine’s statistical skills include the development of forecasting and prediction models using segmented regression analysis and auto-regressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) modelling. Her breadth of capability includes the use of quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse complex interventions. Her overarching aim is to provide evidence around how best to optimise the quality of care in Australian general practices through the use of routinely collected data.

Dr Rita McMorrow
PhD student

Rita is a newly qualified GP and a PhD student at the University of Melbourne, she believes that clinical work as a GP and being involved with research leads to better outcomes for her patients. She is currently undertaking her PhD with the Data Driven Quality Improvement Team in The Department of General Practice. Her PhD explores the use of digital health interventions to facilitate early identification and management of people at risk of; or diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the Future Health Today project.

Rita has secured a competitive scholarship through Rotary Health Australia and was awarded the RACGP Foundation Alan Chancellor Award in 2019. She is currently the chair of the Early Career Research and Capacity Development sub-committee of the Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care and committee member for the RACGP Victoria Women in General Practice Committee.

Hear from Rita as she speaks about her role with Future Health Today.

Dr Karyn Alexander
Research Fellow

Karyn is a practicing GP and Research Fellow at the Department of General Practice. As a co-director of an innovation space aligned with the general practice she works at, Karyn provides a unique and responsive entry-point into GP-research that also enables the rapid testing and application of new models of care.

Karyn completed her PhD at Monash University in 2018, studying the implementation of Preventive Healthcare for Young Children in General Practice, research that placed her on the shortlist for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research. Building on her studies in implementation research, she was awarded one of five MACH-RART Fellowships to support the development and uptake of the Future Health Today software tool and has continued in this role as Research Fellow. She has also obtained two Primary Care Research Group scholarships, the RACGP Chris Silagy scholarship (2011) and more than $80,000 of competitive primary health care funding. Karyn has disseminated her research in several peer-reviewed journals, at national and international conferences and has been an invited speaker at primary care and GP-professional development meetings.

Dr Tim Monaghan
Research Fellow

Tim is a clinically active General Practice Registrar and Research Fellow in Antimicrobial Stewardship at the Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School. Tim joined the Department of General Practice in 2019 as an Academic Registrar and conducts research in relation to antimicrobial stewardship and the use of primary care data for quality improvement purposes in general practice.

Tim has completed the Melbourne Teaching Certificate and has been involved in undergraduate teaching through the Melbourne Medical School since 2019. Prior to undertaking medicine Tim worked as a corporate lawyer practicing in a range of areas including financial services and privacy law.

Tim Deitz
Research Assistant, Data Management & Analysis

Tim provides data analysis support for the Future Health Today project. He is a practicing Clinical Psychologist with a strong interest in data science, primarily using the R programming language. In his spare time, Tim enjoys football, piano, history, French, surfing and experimenting with new data science technologies. He is currently developing a web application that will assist mental health professionals to administer outcome measures remotely, and to track the performance of their clinic.

Dr Javiera Martinez Gutierrez
Research Fellow

Javiera is a GP trained in Chile and the USA. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Washington and a fellowship in cancer prevention from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle. Javiera’s professional life has been dedicated to teaching and doing research in public health and cancer prevention in primary care. Javiera is focusing on the cancer component of the Future Health Today research:  including building the algorithms to help GPs identify patients at risk of undiagnosed cancer and preparing educational modules related to cancer topics.

Hear from Javiera as she speaks about her role with Future Health Today.

Dr Megan Prictor
Research Fellow

Megan is an academic lawyer and Research Fellow based at Melbourne Law School where she researches in the fields of law and emerging health technologies, such as biobanking and genomic medicine. She was previously a Managing Editor with Cochrane where she developed expertise in health communication and consumer engagement interventions. Megan provides a legal perspective to Future Health Today, particularly in terms of data governance, legal bases for data use, and the duty of care to patients.  She is involved in interdisciplinary projects across the University and the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.

Dr An Duy Tran
Senior Research Fellow, Health Economics

An joined the Health Economics Unit in the Centre for Health Policy in October 2016 as a Senior Research Fellow on a full-time appointment.

An’s research interests include development of simulation models to predict health outcomes in patients with chronic diseases, and perform economic evaluation of interventions using decision analytic modelling. He has substantial experience in designing health economic sub-studies for clinical trials, and performing trial-based cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses.

Project staff

Siouxzy Morrison
Program Manager

Siouxzy enjoys working in health care, she is passionate about projects that can make a real difference to patient’s lives and improve how care is delivered. She has worked clinically in critical care settings and project managed numerous clinical trials. She has a Masters of Public Health and has worked previously as the manager of an intensive care research methods centre and a national data sharing e-infrastructure platform.

Erin Hunter
Program Co-ordinator

Erin has extensive experience in communications, fundraising, events and relationship building having worked in the non-profit social justice space for 15 years. Her interest in public health and early intervention led to her joining the Future Health Today team.

Dr Natalie Lumsden
Clinical and ECHO Co-ordinator

Natalie has a research and project management background that has spanned lab bench, to bedside to population health with a focus on chronic conditions. She completed her PhD within the Department of Pharmacology, Monash University and postdoctoral training at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland. She undertook further research at the Department of Pharmacology, University College London and the Baker Heart and Diabetes Research Institute, Melbourne in cardiovascular pharmacology.

Natalie holds a clinical coordinator and honorary research fellow role at Western Health and the University of Melbourne, respectively, supporting multi-disciplinary teams aiming to deliver innovative solutions for chronic disease detection and management.

Tech team

Associate Professor Douglas Boyle
Technical Director

Dougie is the Director of the Research Information Technology Unit (R2). Since 2006 Dr Boyle has been researching, developing and implementing systems for the ethical acquisition of record-linkable data for audit, research and health surveillance.

Consent management, security and privacy-protecting record linkage are key components and research areas. The software systems (GRHANITETM) are now responsible for the largest collections of record-linkable primary care data ever accumulated in Australia.

Warwick Strangward
Informatics Operations Manager

Warwick has a finance/business background with a career focus in Project Management and Business Analyst roles on software development projects.

His primary role with Future Health Today is to manage the translation of disease management algorithm requirements into an intuitive, scalable and sustainable technical solution that can be deployed and managed across an expanding practice base.

Sean Lo
Analyst Programmer

Christine Chidgey
Business Analyst/Testing

Gary Sun
Technical Support

Yang Wang
Programmer/Developer

Keerthy Gopalakrishna
Analyst Programmer

Herry Hamidjaja
Technical Architect

Mai Laiprasert
Analyst Programmer

Lee Nyuyen
Analyst Programmer

Cathy Zhang
Tester

Amit Taneja
Support

Michael Lane
Analyst Programmer