Health Translation SA is an unincorporated Joint Venture with a governance structure that includes: A Board of Partners that meets six times a year; Board nominated Working Groups to address specific issues and projects; A Stakeholder Forum which meets twice a year.
All partners of Health Translation SA, the South Australian research community and the general public have the opportunity to identify health service and system issues, health priorities areas and other translation and impact outcomes that they would like to work with Health Translation SA to improve or achieve.
Health Translation SA is a virtual whole of state collaborative network which brings together nine academic, research and health care agencies within South Australia. We are located at SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute), North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia.
Our partner agencies are:
- SA Health and its five Local Health Networks;
- the State’s two Primary Health Networks – Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN;
- the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute;
- the three South Australian universities – Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and University of South Australia; and
- the peak body representing the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector in SA – Aboriginal Health Council of SA.
- SA Health
- South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
- Flinders University
- The University of Adelaide
- University of South Australia
- Aboriginal Health Council of SA
- Country SA PHN
- Adelaide PHN
Board of Partners
We are led by a representative Board of Partners consisting of one member from each partner organisation.
Our projects and activities are supported by a team of dedicated staff based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
Dr Leanna Read
Chair of the Board
Dr Leanna Read has broad-ranging executive, board and investment experience in health translation and in a range of technology-based enterprises, particularly biotechnology. As CEO and Chair of the CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing (CTM CRC) until October 2019, she had oversight of research translation programs focused on cancer immunology as well as smart surfaces for implanted medical devices. She has an ongoing role as chair of CTM CRC’s spin-out companies, Carina Biotech Pty Ltd and TekCyte Pty Ltd, which are commercialising the technology in these fields.
Leanna has recently completed a four-year term as Chief Scientist for South Australia and brings extensive experience on boards that address innovation across government, industry and academic sectors. She is a current member of several private and public sector boards including Uniseed venture capital investment company, Biosensis Pty Ltd, RSPCA SA and the Federal Government Biomedical Translation Fund Committee. She also chairs the recently established Agtech Advisory Group for the SA Government.
Professor Susan Hillier is an academic and clinician with teaching and research interests in the broad field of neuroscience and rehabilitation. One of her main research areas is on the effectiveness of rehabilitation approaches after stroke. The influence of rehabilitation on neuroplasticity is also a focus.
Susan also has an interest in movement education and intervention approaches for other populations such as children with developmental coordination disorder or people who are ageing. As well as conducting clinical trials to produce primary evidence, Susan also is an experienced Cochrane reviewer (vestibular rehabilitation, HIV, self-management after stroke, task-specific training).
Susan’s current role at the University of South Australia is Dean: Research (and Research Education) for the Division of Health Sciences.
Professor Alison Kitson is Vice-President & Executive Dean College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University. She was the former Dean of Nursing and Head of School at the University of Adelaide and is now a University Titleholder. She is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford in the UK. Alison is internationally recognised for her work in Knowledge Translation (KT) and as the originator of one of the most widely cited and used KT frameworks, the Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services (PARIHS) Framework.
Professor Jonathan Craig is an internationally recognised clinician and scientist and holds the position of Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Medicine & Public Health.
Professor Craig holds many board and advisory panel positions, including as a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Advisory Group on the Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence, a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, a member of the Medicare Services Advisory Committee, a member of the International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s Agency for Care Effectiveness, and President of the Australia-NZ Society of Nephrology.
Kim Hosking is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Country SA PHN with a career long engagement in health-related activities in rural areas. He has an extensive history of Board engagements with rural ambulance entities, hospitals and health services and Divisions of General Practice and was past CEO of Country North SA Medicare Local, Mid North Division of Rural Medicine, and past Director of the Country Services SA Ambulance Service.
Deb Lee is Chief Executive Officer Adelaide PHN and was previously CEO of the Northern Adelaide Medicare Local. She has extensive senior management experience within Community and health sector and is a member of the AASW with extensive Mental Health qualifications and experience. She holds a Masters in Business Administration.
Shane Mohor is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Health Council of SA Ltd (AHCSA). He has worked in Aboriginal health as a Registered Nurse (including remote Kimberly work, hospital and forensic health), Senior Executive in Government, University and Non-Government Organization’s for over 25 years in South Australia including interstate.
Professor Steve Wesselingh, Executive Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), is currently the Research Director for HTSA.
Professor Wesselingh is an Infectious Diseases Physician and researcher in Neurovirology, HIV and vaccine development. He has consistently worked towards the integration of high quality medical research with health-care delivery, leading to improved health outcomes for Australia and the poorly resourced countries of the region.
Professor Alex Brown is an Aboriginal medical doctor and researcher and in July 2012, Alex joined SAHMRI to lead Aboriginal health research. He leads projects encompassing epidemiology, psychosocial determinants of chronic disease, mixed methods health services research in Aboriginal primary care and hospital settings, and randomised controlled trials of pharmacological and non-pharmacological chronic disease interventions.
He sits on a range of national committees, including the Heart Foundation, chairs the Cardiac Society Indigenous Cardiovascular Council and was a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council (2009-2012). In November 2012, Alex was awarded the prestigious Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellowship to further his research into the impacts of psychosocial determinants on cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal communities.
Professor Andrew Zannettino is the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Health Partnerships (University of Adelaide) and Executive Director of Research Strategy (Central Adelaide Local Health Network). He is also the Professor of Experimental Haematology and heads the Myeloma Research Program at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
For the last 2 decades, Professor Zannettino’s research interests have centred on identifying the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for myeloma disease progression. Notably, Professor Zannettino has co-authored more than 230 refereed publications, which have received in excess of 17,000 citations.
Prof. Zannettino is a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Group (MSAG) of the Myeloma Foundation of Australia. In addition, he serves on the Health and Medical Industries Ministerial Advisory Panel, is a member of the Executive management boards for the Cancer Council of South Australia, the Robinson Research Institute and Adelaide Biomed City, and is a Non-Executive Director for AusHealth.
Dr Mike Cusack
Dr Michael Cusack is from the United Kingdom and joined the Department for Health and Wellbeing in February 2020 as the Chief Medical Officer. Prior to his current role, he was the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network Executive Director for Medical Services.
He qualified as a doctor in 1992 and subsequently trained as a Cardiologist at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. On completing his training, he took up his consultant post at a newly commissioned regional cardiothoracic centre in Wolverhampton and subsequently became the Clinical Director for Cardiothoracic Services. This unit went on to become the largest centre in the West Midlands region with nationally recognised outcomes and an active clinical research programme.
Michael has additionally held a number of leadership role in the National Health Service (NHS) including Cardiovascular Network Clinical Director, surgical Divisional Director and Medical Director for a large acute NHS Hospital Trust.
Chief Executive Officer
Wendy commenced as CEO at Health Translation SA in February 2018. Prior to this she spent 4 years in the Aboriginal Research Unit at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) where she was the Executive Officer of the SA Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium and Senior Research Translation Manager working on a range of state and national research projects.
In 2014 she moved to SAHMRI from the Heart Foundation where she had been Director of Cardiovascular Health for 11 years. Through her career she has had significant experience in developing, implementing and evaluating evidence-based programs and working between research, policy and program delivery. She has a strong background in strategic planning, prevention, public health, heart disease, physical activity, tobacco control and nutrition.
Senior Project Officer
Jenni is a Senior Project Officer within Health Translation SA and provides executive support to the Board of Partners as well as managing a number of other strategic projects. Jenni has worked in project management roles in the not-for-project sector and local and state government. Her most recent position was with Drug and Alcohol Services SA working in the Community Participation Program. She enjoys working in partnership with consumers, health professionals and other stakeholders to improve health outcomes for South Australians.
Senior Project Officer
Nicole is a Senior Project Officer working on a range of projects at Health Translation SA. She is an experienced senior project officer with 14 years’ experience in the health, research and not for profit sectors. Nicole has previously worked at SAHMRI, the University of South Australia and Cancer Council SA.
Senior Project Officer, Consumer Engagement
Agustina is a Senior Project Officer within Health Translation SA and is responsible for the implementation of consumer engagement activities within SAHMRI and national consumer engagement partner organisations.
She has a PhD in Population Health, through which she gained experience in public health program planning, implementation and evaluation. She is interested in the development of partnerships with communities and consumers and their impact on research.
Most recently, she was a project manager at the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public (CEPPP) in her hometown of Montreal, where she was responsible for the evaluation of patient partnership projects in research and stakeholder organisations.
Senior Project Officer
Ecushla is a Senior Project Officer within Health Translation SA and is responsible for supporting capacity building within the people and systems in SA to enable, drive and accelerate research translation.
Ecushla has a PhD in Medicine around Health Care Service Design and Delivery, and a breadth of experience in basic and clinical research, project management, strategic development, financial management and professional care.
Most recently she has been involved in project management for the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, Clinical and Evaluation Co-ordination for HealthPathways South Australia and is a research Titleholder at the University of Adelaide.
Senior Project Officer, Communications
Alex is the Senior Project Officer for Communications within Health Translation SA and works closely with the team to develop and implement their marketing and communication strategy.
Alex has a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Australia and has undertaken further tertiary level studies in the areas of project and business management. She enjoys working collaboratively with consumers, health professionals and other stakeholders to improve health service delivery and clinical outcomes for individuals, and the broader community.
Most recently Alex has worked for SA Health in a variety of project management roles across end of life care, elective and emergency surgery and safety and quality.