Professor Andrew Bonney, Project Lead & Chief Investigator
Prof Andrew Bonney is Roberta Williams Chair of General Practice at the University of Wollongong and a GP on the NSW south coast. Andrew’s research focus has been on the behaviours, delivery and organisation of primary health care, with a particular emphasis on improving care for vulnerable and underserved population groups. He has led a large and diverse portfolio of primary healthcare-related research projects, ranging from qualitative studies to program evaluations and randomised controlled trials. He is Director of the Illawarra and Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN), a network of 50 general practices engaged in research in NSW and Tasmania.
Professor Nick Zwar, Chief Investigator
Nicholas Zwar MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRACGP is Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong. Nicholas Zwar is Dean, School of Medicine, University of Wollongong. Nick has substantial experience in health systems research for prevention and management of chronic illness and his work on chronic disease care planning in general practice and on asthma care has had an important influence on Australian health care policy. He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. In the last five years, he has published 78 peer-reviewed journal articles, led the writing of two clinical practice guidelines, and authored three book chapters.
Professor Judy Mullan, Investigator
Judy Mullan is the Director of the Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population (CHRISP) and the Deputy Director of the Illawarra & Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN) She is an experienced academic, researcher and clinician with over 35 years’ experience as a registered pharmacist. Since joining UOW, she has established national and international research collaborations, published four book chapters, contributed to over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered over 100 national/international conference presentations.
Senior Professor Simon Eckermann, Health Economist
Simon Eckermann is Senior Professor of Health Economics at the Australian Health Services Research Institute, Sydney Business School and the University of Wollongong. His original research and international collaborations have established missing links between optimal decision making in research, reimbursement and regulation in practice and are extensively published in the highest impact health economics and decision making Journals, and clinical and policy journals along with his applied research. He is a CI on competitive research grants totalling more than A$25 million and undertakes guideline revision and health economics educational activities for National and International decision-making bodies.
Professor Marjka Batterham, Statistician
Associate Professor Marijka Batterham is the Director of the Statistical Consulting Centre at the University of Wollongong. Marijka is an Accredited Statistician with extensive experience in the design and analysis of many different types of clinically based projects in both hospital-based and community settings including parallel arm and clustered randomised trials and stepped wedge designs in addition to observational and cross-sectional studies. Her main focus has been on the design and analysis of lifestyle-based studies and handling missing data and attrition.
Doctor Athena Hammond, Investigator & Project Co-ordinator
Athena Hammond is a researcher who works predominately with qualitative and mixed methods. Her fields of specialty are birth unit design, shared decision making in primary care and practice-based research. Her research has been published and presented nationally and internationally and she has a particular interest in innovative qualitative methods.
Ms Alyssa Horgan, Project Support
Alyssa Horgan has worked for ISPRN for the last five years. Three of these years have been spent coordinating the activities of the research network. Prior to these, she held roles in the corporate and political sectors. Alyssa is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Communication.