Working Groups

Strategic Planning Working Group

The Illawarra and Southern Practice Research Network Strategic Planning Working Group is a skills based group comprising of representatives from ISPRN’s stakeholders. The Strategic Planning Working Group assists ISPRN in terms of: strategic and policy advice regarding overall research direction, strategic advice regarding network growth and positioning, as well as goal setting and evaluation advice.

Professor Andrew Bonney
Professor Bonney MBBS (Hons), MFM (Clin), PhD, DRANZCOG, FRACGP, has over 20 years’ experience as a general practitioner working in a small rural town and Aboriginal community on the south coast of NSW. He is the Director of the Illawarra and Southern Practice Research Network (ISPRN) and was appointed as the Roberta Williams Chair and foundation Professor of General Practice at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in 2011.

Associate Professor Judy Mullan
Associate Professor Judy Mullan is the Director: Illawarra Health Information Platform at the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI). Judy is also the deputy director of ISPRN. She was appointed as lecturer in Population Health for the Graduate Medicine in July 2008. She has completed a PhD in Public Health, a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, a Fellowship in Hospital Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her academic experiences include teaching, supervising and mentoring both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Judy also has extensive experience as a pharmacist having worked as a hospital, community and an accredited consultant pharmacist for over 20 years.

Ms Belinda Smith
Ms Belinda is Manager: Community, Primary, Remote and Rural at the University of Wollongong’s Graduate Medicine. Her primary responsibility is the implementation of UOW and Department of Health initiatives designed to increase the rural medical workforce through engagement of rural community and clinicians and the development of opportunities for rural medical student training and infrastructure.

Associate Professor David Garne
Associate Professor Garne is the Associate Dean: Community, Primary, Remote and Rural at the University of Wollongong’s Graduate Medicine, where his responsibilities include community-based medical education, general practice, public health and community engagement. He remains clinically active by undertaking locums in rural NSW.

Ms Dianne Kitcher
As Chief Executive Officer of Coordinare, Ms Kitcher brings a wealth of leadership experience and capability to the role, including previous roles as Chief Operating Officer of the Victor Change Cardiac Research Institute and Chief Executive of a large employment and training provider working in regional Australia.

Dr Melinda Williams
Dr Williams is the CEO at Peoplecare and a Director of the Cram Foundation. She has extensive experience in the design and evaluation of health management programs for health insurance members, as well as clinical nursing experience in both hospital and community sectors.

Dr Susan Furber
Dr Susan Furber is the Manager of Research and Evaluation in the Health Promotion Service at Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and has held this position since 2003. She has a conjoint Senior Lecturer position with the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of NSW. Susan’s degrees include a BSc Hons1, MPH and PhD; and Applied Graduate Diploma of Applied Epidemiology (NSW Ministry of Health). Susan has had over 25 years of experience in population health research using both quantitative and qualitative methodology.

Advisory Working Group

The Advisory Working Group comprises GP and practice manager and nursing representatives from the ISPRN network as well as community representatives. The aim of this working group is to provide stakeholder feedback and input into ISPRN’s future projects including project development, design and proposals.

Dr Duncan MacKinnon
Duncan is a general practitioner based in Bega. He has interests in GP education, population health and chronic pain management.

Mrs Gail Lloyd
Gail is the practice manager at Junction Street Family Practice. She enjoys travelling overseas and spending time with her large extended family. She enjoys walking, cooking and reading.

Professor Liz Halcomb
Liz is the Professor of Primary Health Care Nursing at the University of Wollongong. Her research interests relate to general practice nursing, nursing workforce, nurse education and chronic disease. She has methodological expertise in mixed methods research and systematic reviews.

Ms Sue Rejske
Sue is a community representative of the ISPRN advisory working group. Formerly a UOW staff member for 25 years, she continues her mentorship role with EnactusUOW and with the Simulated Patient Program. She counts fine wine, travel and healthcare trends among her many interests.

Mr Ray Clarke
Ray was a high school mathematics teacher until his retirement in 2005. He has volunteered at the Graduate Medicine since it’s inception. His interests include family history, exercise & fitness, travel and his large rose garden.

Ros Whittaker
Ros has been a registered nurse for 35 years and has worked in a variety of health positions including Community Health and Palliative Care within the local health district, ASPREE Research with Monash University where she was the NSW Clinical Trials Co-ordinator. Ros is currently a Practice Nurse at Market Street Medical Practice, Wollongong where their focus is on holistic care for their clients.