Health Translation SA is an unincorporated Joint Venture with a governance structure that includes; a Board of Partners that meets four times a year; Board nominated Working Groups to address specific issues and projects; and 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.
Our unique partnership unites eleven academic, research and health care agencies within South Australia, and encompasses the full breadth of health service delivery across the state. They represent organisations who can contribute to, and directly influence, the activities of the Health Translation SA across each of the three health research translation elements; research, action and impact.
By combining the expertise and strengths of its partners, Health Translation SA is effectively placed to tackle the challenges in health to achieve a high-quality sustainable health system and deliver solutions to address the most pressing healthcare priorities for our community.
Our partner agencies are:
- SA Health and its ten 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;
- Torrens University Australia;
- the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health; and
- the peak body representing the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector in SA – Aboriginal Health Council of SA.
- South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
- The University of Adelaide
- Flinders University
- University of South Australia
- Torrens University Australia
- Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health
- Adelaide PHN
- Country SA PHN
- SA Health
- Aboriginal Health Council of SA
Board of Partners
We are led by a representative Board of Partners consisting of one member from each partner organisation.
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.
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 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 Michael 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.
Maree Geraghty was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Northern Adelaide Local Health Network in January 2019 having previously been CEO of Country Health SA Local Health Network since 2013.
Maree has extensive experience in public administration and leadership responsibility in the provision of health care services, and has worked at the Chief Executive level within large complex organisations with statutory, public stewardship and fiscal responsibilities.
Through a team-based leadership approach, Maree has developed organisations to be consistently delivering high performing outcomes that have improved the health of people, patient safety and access to health care.
Maree has a passion for the delivery of high quality health services, integrating services across the continuum of care and engaging with local communities about their health services.
Maree holds a Masters in Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Dr Nadia Corsini is a behavioural scientist with expertise in health research and evaluation, having worked with industry, government, and consumer partners to inform the development of resources, services, and policy to improve health outcomes. Her priority research areas include consumer-centred care, psycho-oncology, and health workforce wellbeing. She leads a research program on the use of patient-reported outcome measures in cancer policy. Nadia has worked innovatively with consumers by co-supervising students, co-developing funding proposals, and building authentic relationships through regular communication and engagement activities.
Nadia is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre. She is a member of the SA Cancer Clinical Network Steering Committee, chair-elect of the International Society for Quality of Life Research – Australian and New Zealand Special Interest Group, and chair of Consumer and Community Engagement Action Group at Health Translation SA.
Professor Justin Beilby is an academic General Practitioner with broad expertise in primary care and aged care research, health service evaluation, general practice intervention studies, and the translation of research findings into policy and clinical practice.
Professor Beilby was appointed to the role of Vice-Chancellor, Torrens University Australia in January 2015. He has now transitioned to a part time role as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research in January 2020 where he is pursuing his funded research activities and continues to be an active GP.
Prior to taking on his current role at Torrens University Australia, he completed 10 years as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide. He also holds Board positions at the Central Adelaide Local Health Network and South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and Eldercare Inc. in South Australia.
Professor Derek Chew commenced as Commissioner at the Commission of Excellence and Innovation in Health in April 2021.
Derek is a clinical and interventional cardiologist as well as a clinical and health systems researcher. He completed his Masters of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, with formal training in epidemiology, trial design, biostatistics, clinical trials and cost-effectiveness analysis. His PhD thesis explored the factors for improving heart attack care in Australia.
Derek most recently led the Heart and Vascular program at SAHMRI and was the Network Director of Cardiology for the Southern Adelaide Health Local Heath Network. He co-leds the Lifelong Health Theme at SAHMRI and is also a Professor of Cardiology at Flinders University. He has national and international roles in chest pain/acute coronary syndrome evidence generation, assimilation and translation.
In addition, Derek chairs the Cardiovascular Disease Expert Advisory Group, the primary cardiovascular disease monitoring body of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, while providing expert advice to the Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health Care.
Our Staff Team
Our projects and activities are supported by a dedicated team based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
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.
Consumer Engagement & Capacity Building Lead
Annelise is a Senior Project Officer with Health Translation SA and is responsible for the implementation of consumer engagement activities and research capacity building programs.
Annelise has a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia, as well as post graduate qualifications in Management and Public Health from the University of South Australia and Flinders University respectively. She has worked extensively in a variety of project management and operational roles across public health, not-for-profit and arts sectors, and most recently as Senior Project Manager in the Allied and Scientific Health Office at SA Health.
Annelise is passionate about utilising a collaborative and consultative approach with consumers, health professionals, researchers and other stakeholders to improve health services and clinical outcomes for the South Australian community.
Digital Health Lead
Ecushla is a Senior Project Officer within Health Translation SA and is responsible for our Digital Health and Learning Health System activity.
Ecushla has a PhD in Medicine around Health Care Service Design and Delivery, and a breadth of experience in basic and clinical research and research translation, project management, strategic development, financial management. She has undertaken further studies in the areas of psychology, science communication, entrepreneurship, and knowledge translation, and is a titleholder at the University of Adelaide..
Ecushla’s interest lies in engaging and connecting clinicians, researchers, consumers and industry to pragmatically use evidence to inform, develop and test solutions to real world problems.
Strategic Communications Officer
Alex is the Strategic Communications Officer within Health Translation SA and works closely with the team to develop and implement their marketing and communication plan.
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.