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Drugs and Interventions Group

John McNeil AM, Chair. Member with knowledge of relevant research areas. John graduated in medicine from the University of Adelaide in 1971 and undertook his medical specialist training at the Royal Adelaide and Austin Hospitals. He subsequently completed his PhD in clinical pharmacology at the University of Melbourne and an MSc in epidemiology at the University of London. After spending ten years in Clinical Pharmacology at the Austin Hospital he was appointed to the head of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (later renamed Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine) at Monash in 1986. His principal interests include cardiovascular epidemiology, drug safety and toxicology. He retains a clinical involvement as a vascular physician on the Vascular Medicine Unit at the Monash Medical Centre.
Colin Johnston AO, Deputy Chair. Member with knowledge of relevant research areas. Colin is currently a Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Honorary Professor of Medicine at Monash University and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne. He also chairs the Research Review Committee of AMREP and serves on the Innovations Committee of Alfred Health. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of several Teaching Hospitals, most recently Austin Health. He is the founding Chairman of the trustees of the Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research. His major research and clinical interest is in hypertension and cardiology.
Rowan Frew is Ethics Manager of the Alfred Research & Ethics Unit and secretary of the Ethics Committee. She has a background in physics and computing and moved into bioethics in the mid-nineties, completing a Masters of Bioethics at Monash University. Before joining The Alfred in 1994, she was a laywoman on The Alfred Ethics Committee.
Elizabeth Burns, lay woman. Elizabeth is a teacher who is currently Deputy Principal, Director of Studies of an independent girls' school. She is on the Executive and Immediate Past President of the Mathematical Association of Victoria and has been on the Executive of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers. She is a member of the Education Advisory Committee of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Mathematics and Science. Elizabeth has also been on the board of and actively involved on Sacred Heart Mission, a welfare agency based at her local church.
Kate Cherry, member with knowledge of professional care and treatment. Kate is an Infectious Diseases physician who combines clinical work at The Alfred with a research appointment at the Burnet. She is also an honorary staff member of Monash University. Kate's research focuses on complications of HIV infection and HIV treatments. In particular, she is involved with studies examining the epidemiology, pathogenesis and management of HIV-associated neuropathy (nerve damage in the feet).
Judy Frayne, member with knowledge of relevant research areas. Judy is Head of the Alfred Stroke Unit and has had extensive experience in stroke trials. She undertook her graduate and postgraduate training at The Alfred and has been a consultant here since 1987. Judy has been a member of the Ethics Committee since 1999.
Peter Gallagher, lay man. Peter consults on international trade and public policy to firms, to governments in Australia and around the world and to international organisations. He works at the interface between governments and private interests trying, among other things, to improve the use of information services in support of economic development strategies. His career has included appointments in the diplomatic service, the University of Melbourne Graduate Business School, a national food industry organisation and as a director of an e-commerce company. He has qualifications in public law, philosophy and economics.
Richard Gerraty, member with knowledge of relevant research areas. Richard is an honorary neurologist at The Alfred hospital and is the Chair of Medicine at Epworth Hospital. He has a clinical research interest in cerebrovascular disease and has a long experience with investigator-initiated and pharma-sponsored clinical trials. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at Monash University and is on a number of state and national committees working towards improvements in stroke care. Richard was formerly a member of the ethics committee and the quality committee at St Vincentís Hospital where he ran the stroke unit for several years. He is currently Victorian Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists, and the Australasian Stroke Unit Network. He is also a member of the board of the Brain Foundation, Victoria.
Samantha Gault, lay woman. Sam has a telecommunications, legal and consultancy background in employment and employment related fields. Currently, Sam is working with NBN Co managing the contract management function for the National Broadband Roll Out. Sam is married, with one young son and three grown step children
David Hunt, member with knowledge of professional care and treatment. David is a semi-retired cardiologist. He became a cardiologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 1971 and was Director of the Department between 1980 and 1993 and is currently a Consultant Cardiologist there. His main interests have been in coronary artery disease and the conduct of large international randomised clinical trials of medical therapy for acute coronary syndromes, diabetes and stroke - he has been on the management committees of many such trials and indeed still is involved. He has been the Chairman of the Senior Medical Staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, President of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and has been heavily involved with the National Heart Foundation. He is now writing his family history and that of the Cardiology Department at the RMH. He has been a member of the Ethics Committee since 2003.
Henry Krum, member with knowledge of relevant research areas. Henry is a physician at The Alfred hospital and heads Clinical Pharmacology at Monash University and The Alfred. He has extensive research experience in cardiovascular diseases and clinical pharmacology. His interests lie with heart failure and hypertension, and his work spans the fields of both basic and applied sciences. Professor Krum has been a member of numerous International Steering and Executive Committees for major clinical trials in the area of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy. He is currently Principal Investigator of a number of multicentre investigator-initiated trials testing cardiovascular therapeutic strategies.
Jim Mahoney, lawyer. Jim Mahoney graduated in law from the University of Melbourne in 1964 and was admitted as a partner in Hodgson & Finlayson the following year. He conducted a general legal practice but later specialized in administrative law and served as the legal member of a number of Victorian regulatory and disciplinary Tribunals. He also served as a part-time member of the Victorian Mental Health Review Board and later as a full-time member of the Commonwealth Migration /Refugee Review Tribunal. Jim has now returned to private practice and joined The Alfred Ethics Committee in 2010.
Stephen Moloney (BA, LLB), lawyer. Stephen is a practising barrister, and has been a member of the Victorian Bar since 1991. Prior to that time he was an Associate to a Supreme Court Judge. He practises as a commercial, equity and public lawyer throughout the Commonwealth and also specialises in the regulation of the health care profession both at a Commonwealth and State level. He is currently the Chair of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (Victorian Chapter), the Vice-President (Legal) of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria and a member of the Victorian Barís Professional Standards Education Committee.
James Shaw, member with knowledge of professional care and treatment.
Michael Wildenauer, lay man. Michael is the Chief Information Officer for a leading Australian market research company. Prior to this, he spent several years as National IT Manager for the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. He has international experience working in the US, the UK, the Netherlands as well as Australia and holds a degree in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Adelaide and an MBA from Charles Sturt University. Michael is currently studying towards a doctorate at Victoria University.

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Health and Social Sciences Group

Roy Olliff, Chair. Lay man. Roy has an engineering background with a technical speciality in the biological and chemical treatment of water and wastewater. His experience covers the full range from research to construction of small to billion dollar projects. Roy has carried out several emergency assignments with the UNHCR. His interests include sport (excessive), music (singing), writing (social issues), gardening (environmental).
Mari Botti, Deputy Chair. Member with knowledge of relevant research areas. Mari is a professor in the School of Nursing, Deakin University. She is Chair of Nursing, Epworth Healthcare and Director of the Alfred/Deakin Nursing Research Centre. She has held academic positions at La Trobe University and Deakin University since 1983.  Her nursing career over the past 20 years has combined nursing education, clinical practice in acute cardiac nursing and clinical research. She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne. Her research program is in acute and critical care nursing with a specific focus on outcome measurement and pain management. Mari joined the Ethics Committee in 2006.
Simon Cohen, laywer. Simon is the Victorian Public Transport Ombudsman, and was appointed in 2008. Simon has worked in complaints investigation and resolution for more than 15 years. Previous appointments include Assistant Ombudsman (Police), a lawyer at the NSW Ombudsman, Conference Registrar at the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal and as an Investigation Team Manager and lawyer at the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission.
Peter Douglas (BA (Hons), BSc, PG DipEd, PhD), lay man. Peter has been teaching in the Centre Human Bioethics at Monash University since 2009, having previously taught philosophy at the University of Queensland and Griffith University in Brisbane. In addition to the commitment that all HREC members have to safeguarding the well-being of human research participants, he is also interested in how philosophical understandings of the ethical dimensions of health care and human research can be used to inform and enrich these practices.
Sam Goodes, minister of religion. Sam is currently the Priest-in-Charge of St. Martin's Anglican Church, Hawksburn. He was ordained as a Deacon in February, 2008 and was made Priest in November, 2008. Originally from Adelaide, Sam worked for 20 years as a nurse and in 2002, moved with his family to enjoy the lifestyle of Melbourne. He worked at The Alfred as nurse unit manager of the infectious diseases ward from 2002-2003 before he began his theological studies at Trinity College Theological School in 2004 and completed a Master of Divinity and Diploma of Ministry in 2007. Reverend Goodes is married, and blessed with four children; three daughters and a son, born in March 2011. His interests outside of work include music, wine and reading.
Linton Harriss, member with knowledge of relevant research areas. Linton is currently the Manager Data and Evaluation for the National Stroke Foundation and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. His former position was as the Research Development Manager for Ambulance Victoria. Prior to this he was a NHMRC PhD scholar working with the DEPM and The Cancer Council Victoria. His thesis examined the cardiovascular effects of alcohol and dietary patterns in the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study. Linton has been a Registered Nurse since 1989 and has considerable experience in conducting single- and multi-centre clinical trials for heart failure and hypertension, and has been involved in teaching various research subjects including Epidemiology and Introduction to Clinical Research at Monash University.
Marilyn Hope, minister of religion. The Reverend Marilyn Hope is currently Coordinator of the Pastoral Care department at The Alfred. She has worked at The Alfred for over fourteen years, initially as one of the Anglican chaplains, and coordinator for the last nine years. Marilyn has a background in nursing, specialising in cardiac nursing. More recently she has completed a research degree in theology, exploring Christian faith in patients' experience of illness. She also conducts training courses in pastoral care and chaplaincy.
Linda Hornsey, lay woman. Linda grew up in country Victoria and started her career as a journalist in 1969 at The Border Morning Mail in Albury, and then The Herald, in Melbourne. More recently she was head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (1998-2007) in Tasmania, and Project Director for the Prime Minister's 2020 Summit in April 2008. She has since returned to live in Melbourne. She was appointed as a lay member of the Alfred Ethics Committee in April 2009. She is a director of the Western Health Board, volunteers at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and does short term contracting in the public and NGO sectors.
Peter Hunter, member with knowledge of relevant research areas. Peter Hunter is the Director of Sub-acute and Medical Services for the Division of Rehabilitation, Aged and community Care, Alfred Health. His interests include nutritional problems in the elderly, the development of quality care for older patients across health systems and chronic disease management. As a geriatrician he is very committed to the implementation of Advanced Care Planning to improve and better inform decision making towards the end of life.
Michael Hurley, member with knowledge of professional care and treatment. Michael is a general practitioner practising in Toorak. Prior to this, he worked in rural general practice in North East Victoria. His interests include medical education as well as forensic medicine.
Maria McKenzie (BBsc (Hons)), member with knowledge of relevant research areas. Maria has had considerable research experience managing major psychological/psychiatric research studies, mainly behavioural research in cancer (Cancer Council Victoria), a RCT of family therapy for families in palliative care and a case-control study of adolescent depression (University of Melbourne). She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne in the young adult outcomes of adolescent depression. Maria also has a keen interest in bioethics and research ethics and has been a member of the Ethics Committee since 2003 and Chair of the Low Risk Committee/Process since 2008.
Linda Murdoch, lawyer. Linda completed a Jurisdoctor Law Degree from Notre Dame University Australia (UNDA) in November 2005 and was awarded the Deacons Law Prize. Admitted to practice as an Australian Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Linda's experience includes working for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria as her Senior Associate, working in legal regulation and human rights policy. This work follows from her first career working in the areas of sexual assault, protection and national disability issues. Linda works in the private health sector. Lindaís loves are her husband Peter, family and work.
Shefton Parker, member with knowledge of professional care and treatment. Shefton is a researcher at RMIT University. He is a registered acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria (CMRBV). As a clinical acupuncturist at The Northern Hospital Emergency Department, he also supervises fifth year RMIT acupuncture students. His interests are in emergency department pain management and treatment outcome.
Michael Ward (MD MBA MHCM (Harvard)), member with knowledge of professional care and treatment. Michael Ward is a physician executive and a primary care physician. He is a past Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and a previous President and CEO of various Australian and U.S. medical organizations. In addition to his medical training, Dr Ward has postgraduate degrees in business and management, and an undergraduate background in psychology and philosophy. Dr Ward is currently active in executive management, management theory, medical research and primary care medicine.
David Zarfaty, lay man. David is currently working with GE Healthcare as an Ultrasound Account Manager in Victoria and Tasmania. David has an Electrical Engineering degree from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel and has over 25 years experience in sales and service in the medical imaging field. As part of his army service, David completed five years with the Israeli Air Force as a trainer and instructor for combat pilots on advanced radar systems. David is a member of the Cultural Diversity Committee at The Alfred. His interests include reading, playing soccer, travelling, fine food and wine.

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