Review advisory committee

The members of the Review Advisory Committee are:

Mr Peter Wills, AC Review Chairman
Prof. Michael Good, AO Australia Fellow, Griffith University
Prof. Stephen Leeder, AO Chairman, Western Sydney Local Health District
Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy
Hon. Ron Phillips Chairman, Sydney Local Health District
Prof. Carol Pollock Chairman, Northern Sydney Local Health District
Prof. Medicine, Northern Clinical School
Kolling Institute of Medical Research
Prof. Russell Lansbury, AM Emeritus Professor, Sydney Business School
Prof. Jill Trewhella Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research
Prof. Bruce Robinson, AM Chairman, Division of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy
Prof. Kathryn Refshauge Dean, Division of Health Sciences

Mr Peter Wills AC

Review Committee Chairman
Director, Wills Advisory Pty Ltd

Peter Wills

In 1998 Mr. Wills chaired the Commonwealth Government’s Health and Medical Research Strategic Review and in 1999 its Implementation Committee. In 2004 he served as a strategic advisor on the Committee that undertook the Investment Review of Health and Medical Research and in 2011 he chaired the NSW Health and Medical Research Strategic Review.

He has been the Chairman of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Chairman of the Australian Research Council and also contributed to the development of the Commonwealth Innovation Statement and the National Biotechnology Strategy. He is currently Deputy Chairman of Research Australia.

Professor Michael Good AO BSc MBBS PhD MD DSc

Australia Fellow, Griffith University

Michael Good

Professor Michael Good is a renowned national and international health leader who has made a life-long commitment to help prevent disease and improve the treatment of those who are sick. He has pioneered the development of vaccines for malaria and streptococcus A, which causes rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease afflicting large numbers of Indigenous Australians.

Professor Good heads the Laboratory of Vaccines for the Developing World at the Glycomics Institute of Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Currently he is the Chairman of the National Health and Medical Research Council. He is the past Director of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, a past President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) and a past Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Vaccine Technology.

Professor Stephen Leeder AO MD PhD FRACP FFPH FAFPHM FRACGP (Hon)

Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
School of Public Health
Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy
University of Sydney

Steven Leeder

Stephen Leeder is a Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. He is also a Director of the Australian Health Policy Institute.

Professor Leeder is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He was the Foundation Professor of Community Medicine at the University of Newcastle (1976 to 1985), and played a major role in the development of its innovative medical curriculum. He was also the Foundation Director of the Rockefeller Asian and Pacific Centre for Clinical Epidemiology.

He was recently awarded medals by the Public Health Association Australian and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association in recognition of his contribution to public health and health policy. Professor Leeder's special areas of interest in health policy include research into systems of healthcare delivery that provide equitable care for patients with serious and continuing illness, and on health prevention.

Hon. Ron Phillips

Chairman, Sydney Local Health District

Ron Phillips

The Hon. Ron Phillips served as a Member of Parliament in the NSW Legislative Assembly from 1984 to 1999, serving as Minister for Health for five years before becoming Deputy Leader of the NSW Liberal Party. After leaving politics in 1999, Mr Phillips developed a successful consulting business in the Health and Aged Care industry. He is currently part owner and Managing Director of the Sydney Breast Clinic (SBC) and SBC Research. He is also Chairman of the Board for the Sydney Local Health District and NSW Kids and Families.

Professor Carol Pollock

Chairman, Northern Sydney Local Health District
Professor of Medicine, Northern Clinical School,
Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Carol Pollock

Professor Carol Pollock trained as a specialist in renal medicine, was appointed as lecturer to Royal North Shore Hospital in 1991 and the Professorial Chair of Medicine in 2000. Carol is the current Chair of the Area Health Advisory Council for the Northern Sydney Central Coast AHS and Chair of the Boards of the Clinical Excellence Commission and the Agency for Clinical Innovation.

She is a founding director and currently Chairperson of Bio Med North, a company supporting the development of intellectual property out of Area Health Services, and sits on the boards of several philanthropic organisations supporting medical research.

Professor Russell Lansbury AM MA Melb. DipEd Melb. PhD Lond. Hon DLitt Macq., FASSA

Emeritus Professor

Russell Lansbury

Professor Russell Lansbury has worked with British Airways in the UK and has held a number of academic positions in universities within Australia and elsewhere. He was a Senior Lecturer at Monash University before becoming an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University. He was the foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Industrial Relations Research and Training (an ARC Key Centre) at the University of Sydney. He was Professor of industrial relations at the University of Sydney from 1987-2009 and was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2009.

He was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship at Harvard University and the Sloan School of Management at MIT, has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Swedish Centre for Worklife Research in Stockholm and was a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute for Labour Studies at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. He has also been a Shaw Foundation Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has received fellowships from the French, German, Danish, Finnish and Swedish governments in recent decades. He was made a General Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009.

Russell was joint editor of the Journal of Industrial Relations from 1999-2009, and serves on the editorial boards of leading academic journals in North America, Europe and Asia. His major research contributions have been in the areas of international and comparative employment and industrial relations. His current research includes studies of the effects of management strategies of multinational enterprises on employment relations and labour practices. Recent publications include International and Comparative Employment Relations (Sage, 2010, with G.J. Bamber and N. Wailes), After Lean Production: Evolving Employment Relations in the World Auto Industry (Cornell University Press, 1997, with T.A. Kochan and J.P. MacDuffie), Changing Employment Relations in Australia (Oxford University Press, 1997), and The Global Korean Motor Industry: The Hyundai Motor Company's Global Strategy (Routledge, 2006, with C.S. Suh and S.H. Kwon).

He has served on numerous government, industry and professional bodies. He has been a consultant to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He was President of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) which is based at the ILO in Geneva, from 2006-2009.

Professor Jill Trewhella MSc PhD FAAAS FNSSA FRSNSW

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
University of Sydney

Jill Trewhella

Jill Trewhella is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney and a Professor in the School of Molecular Bioscience.

Professor Trewhella is a biophysicist and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow who is internationally recognised for her contribution to our understanding of the bio-molecular communication that underpins healthy function, with a particular emphasis on heart muscle proteins. She was the founding Leader of the multi-disciplinary Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States. Professor Trewhella is a fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Neutron Scattering Society of America, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Professor Bruce Robinson AM

Chairman, Division of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy
University of Sydney

Bruce Robinson

Professor Robinson is an Endocrinologist and has been Head of the Molecular Genetics Unit, (now Cancer Genetics Unit) at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital since 1989.

His research has focused on identifying the genetic causes contributing to the formation of tumours in endocrine glands such as the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary. Initially this commenced with identification of mutations in genes causing hereditary endocrine syndromes such as multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2, and subsequently hyperparathyroidism jaw tumour syndrome and the hereditary phaeochromocytoma/paraganglioma syndromes.

He recently formed the International SDH Consortium gathering families from around the world to define the relationships between phaeochromocytoma / paraganglioma and the SDH genes. In addition his lab has characterised mutations and their consequences in sporadic tumours of the thyroid adrenal and recently in brain tumours.

Since 2001 he has been the Chairman of Hoc Mai, the University of Sydney's Australia Vietnam Medical Foundation. He has supervised 25 PhD students

Professor Kathryn Refshauge

Dean, Division of Health Sciences
University of Sydney

Kathryn Refshauge

Kathryn is strongly motivated by the desire to improve health outcomes, in particular to prevent chronic pain and disability after musculoskeletal injury. Her particular passion is to understand the underlying mechanisms by which acute injury leads to chronicity.

Professor Refshauge is an internationally recognized leader in research in musculoskeletal injury, in particular sports injuries, back pain and neck pain. In her research, she integrates her background knowledge of neuroscience and biomechanics with her expertise in clinical physiotherapy. She has particular clinical and academic expertise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Kathryn's laboratory-based research has resulted in the development of diagnostic tests and tools to measure disability after musculoskeletal injury, and has led to the design of new prevention strategies and treatments for sports injuries and for back pain.

Her clinical research includes several large epidemiological and prognostic studies and clinical trials investigating treatment efficacy for musculoskeletal injuries. She is currently investigating diagnosis, treatment and prevention of various musculoskeletal conditions, including back and neck pain, ankle injury and shoulder conditions. She is also exploring outcomes from different models of health care delivery.

Kathryn is often invited to present her work at international conferences - she has presented in all continents.

More recently, together with A/Prof Sharon Kilbreath, Kathryn commenced researching questions of quality of life after medical treatment for breast cancer. To date, these studies have focussed on arm morbidity, including: lymphoedema risk, development, assessment and treatment; and arm stiffness and weakness.