Research staff

Helena Britt BA, PhD (Director)

Helena Britt

Helena is Professor of Primary Care Research and Director of the Family Medicine Research Centre. She is a psychologist but her Doctorate is in general practice. She has worked in general practice health services research for over thirty years. Her major interests are in methodological development, data quality, classification and the development of data standards. Her philosophy is that dirty data are worse than no data.

Graeme Miller MBBS, PhD, FRACGP (Medical Director)
Graeme Miller

Graeme Miller is an Associate Professor and Medical Director of the FMRC. A general practitioner and Fellow of the RACGP, he was a principal in a large group general practice in Sydney for over 20 years and subsequently Director of the Department of General Practice at Westmead Hospital. He was a member of the RACGP Council for over 10 years including terms as Chairman of Council and Honorary Secretary. He was Director of Standards Development for the College for two years. He is a member of the Wonca International Classification Committee and chair of its Terminology and EHR Structure Working Group.

Joan Henderson BApp Sc (HIM) (Hons), PhD (Med) (Deputy Director)
Joan Henderson

Joan has a degree in Health Information Management [BAppSc (HIM) HONS 1] (March, 2000), and a PhD (Medicine) (March, 2008), both from the University of Sydney . She has been employed with the FMRC since January 1999. For most of that time, her main responsibilities were co-ordination of SAND, questionnaire design and liaising with ethics on stakeholders' behalf. In January 2008 she was appointed to academic staff as a senior research fellow and continues to work at the Centre.

Clare Bayram BAppSc (HIM)(Hons) PhD (Project Manager, BEACH; Research Fellow)
Clare Bayram

Clare Bayram has worked in general practice research since 2002, and is project manager of the BEACH program. She coordinates various aspects of the research process, including design of SAND substudies, and the coordination and editing of the BEACH reports. Clare has an honours degree in Health Information Management, and received her PhD in 2013 about pathology ordering by Australian general practitioners.

Lisa Valenti BEc, MMedStat (Senior Research Analyst)
Lisa Valenti

Lisa Valenti is a senior analyst for the FMRC. She joined in May 2000, having previously worked in London on a European study of Toxoplasmosis, and in Newcastle NSW on the worldwide MONICA study of cardiovascular disease. Current research interests include questionnaire design and overweight and obesity.

Ying Pan BMed MCH (Senior Research Analyst)
Ying Pan

Ying has worked in FMRC since October 2000. She used to work as a research assistant in National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (NCHECR). Now her major duties are providing statistical reports for SAND – the sub-study of BEACH project and generating standard/non-standard reports for stakeholders or relevant organisations. Her research interests are antibiotic prescribing and children's health.

Christopher Harrison B Psych (Hons), MSocHlth (Senior Research Analyst)
Christopher Harrison

Christopher Harrison joined the University of Sydney's Family Medicine Research Centre (FMRC) in March 2002. He has both a Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) and Masters of Social Health from Macquarie University and was a registered psychologist for several years. Currently a PhD candidate investigating the effect of the ageing population on general practice. Mr Harrison's study interests include the effect of vaccinations and the prevalence and patterns of multimorbidity.


Allan Pollack MB BS (Hons), MBiomedE, FRACS (Orth) (Research Analyst)

Allan Pollack

Allan joined the FMRC in April 2012, after working as an orthopaedic surgeon in Sydney for more than 20 years and then further studies in Public Health.

Julie Gordon (née O'Halloran) BAppSc (HIM)(Hons) PhD (Research Fellow)
Julie Gordon

Julie has worked at the FMRC since 2002. Her role focuses on the development of classifications and clinical terminologies in general practice, particularly ICPC-2 PLUS, ICPC-2 and SNOMED CT. She has an Honours degree in Health Information Management and received her PhD in 2013 about the suitability of SNOMED CT-AU for use in Australian general practice. Julie is a member of the Wonca International Classification Committee (WICC) and the IHTSDO's International General/Family Practitioner Special Interest Group.


Janice Charles BA, MSc (Med) (Senior Research Officer)
Janice Charles

Jan Charles has worked in general practice research at The University of Sydney since 1987 and was project manager of BEACH from its beginning in 1998 until 2013. Now her focus is on writing SAND sub-study reports and articles for publication. She developed and maintains CAPS, the system used to classify medication data in BEACH.


Carmen Wong BHlthSci/MHlthInformatics (Research Officer)

 Carmen Zhang

Carmen joined the FMRC in January 2009. She has a Bachelor degree in Health Science and a Masters in Health Informatics from the University of Sydney. Carmen's role centres on ensuring data quality, training of coding staff and general research assistance to the BEACH program. She is also involved in classifications and the maintenance of ICPC-2 PLUS.