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Work Experience

CURRENT ROLES

 

January 2020 - Current, Relationships Squared - Private Practice, Melbourne, Australia

COUPLES COUNSELLOR/ PRACTICE OWNER

  • Registered Counsellor (Australian Counselling Association, Level 2 Member)

  • Conduct assessment and treatment for couples' relational issues in line with best-practice evidence and ethical frameworks (online and in-clinic)  

  • Professional Clinical Supervisor of clinicians  (individual and group)

  • Practice and business management

  • Marketing, promotion and social media (e.g., educational blog posts)

  • Build and maintain professional and referral network

  • Continual professional development

 

March 2021 - current, Victoria University, Institute of Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities (ISILC) 

Adjunct Associate Professor

Academic writing, thesis assessment

 

PREVIOUS ROLES

 

March 2019 - 2022, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Clinical Sciences Theme, Heart Research Group

Honorary Fellow

September 2017 - 2022, The University of Melbourne, Department of Paediatrics

Honorary Fellow

 

February 2020 - April 2021, Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), Monash University, Melbourne

RESEARCH OFFICER (contract role)

  • Conduct and coordinate all stages of research projects from development to final delivery

  • Manage research projects to ensure successful implementation and delivery on time, budget and in line with project milestones and outcomes

  • Identify key insights and trends from a range of data sources in relation to broad policy, practices and systems that are relevant  and provide specialist guidance and advice on these trends to key internal and external stakeholders

  • Prepare clear, concise high quality reports, presentations and other related outputs that are tailored to the target audience, and effectively communicate complex scientific and related information to lay audiences utilising research translation approaches

  • Manage engagement with key external stakeholders, including strengthening networks of stakeholders

 

July 2019 – February 2020, Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA), Melbourne

SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER (contract role)

  • Manage and coordinate the operations of ACTA’s 8 reference groups, special interest groups (3), working groups and other stakeholder groups required to deliver the Activity Plan to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of Clinical Trial Networks (CTNs)

  • Monitor staff performance (5 direct reports) through mentoring and monitoring

  • Supervise and support Project Officers to manage deadlines for development of comprehensive and relevant discussion papers, guidelines and other consultation documents as specified in the Activity Plan

  • Contribute to development of annual strategic plans, budgets, annual reports

  • Member of Management Team

  • Liaise with external stakeholders in trials community, including in clinical trials networks, quality registries and coordinating centres

  • Report to Board on areas of responsibility

 

March 2019 – July 2019, Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS), Western Health, Melbourne

CLINICAL RESEARCH MANAGER (contract role)

  • Managing and co-ordinating all clinical and investigator-initiated trials

  • Provide support and mentoring to researchers and support staff involved in both investigator-initiated and other clinical trials undertaken

  • Assist the AIMSS Scientific Advisory Committee during the allocations of seed grants, scholarships and other research funding activities

  • Responsible for organising and implementing an integrated database system for investigator-initiated trials undertaken

  • Liaise with the researchers from the AIMSS strategic partners to develop future projects and continue to engage with all internal and external stakeholders to promote, expand and implement the AIMSS strategic plan

  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders

  • Member of AIMSS Management Committee reporting on the progress of all clinical trials run at AIMSS

  • April 2019 – July 2019, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Medicine – Western Health, Senior Honorary Fellow (equivalent to Level C)

May 2014 – March 2019, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne

FONTAN REGISTRY RESEARCH MANAGER, Heart Research

  • Research Project Management & Coordination – multi-site NHMRC projects across Australia & New Zealand, investigator-initiated and sponsored trial management; key liaison (health and medical research, multidisciplinary)

  • Registry management

  • Line manager (10 direct reports), staff orientation/mentoring, appointment, coordination & supervision across multiple sites

  • Student research project supervision (undergraduate and postgraduate)

  • Database development and management

  • Data entry management, data quality management, data analysis

  • Event coordination and fundraising

  • Academic writing, grant applications

  • Ethics applications/reporting

  • Budget management ($3.2 mil+)

  • Web/social media management

  • 2 promotions - Research Officer, Step 3, 28 April 2017; Senior Research Officer, Step 1, 31 January 2018

  • Formal student supervision - completed: 2018 Cameron Rodrigues, Honours, Title: PEAK EXERCISE CAPACITY IN PATIENTS WITH A FONTAN CIRCULATION through The University of Melbourne. Co-supervisor with Prof Yves d'Udekem and Dr Rachael Cordina

September 2009 – May 2014, Incolink, Melbourne

RESEARCH COORDINATOR, Member Services Department

  • Coordinate research projects (e.g., men’s health and wellbeing issues)

  • Research project planning, design, implementation and evaluation

  • Data preparation and analysis (quantitative and qualitative)

  • Review literature; write, prepare and proofread manuscripts for peer review journals

  • Report writing and presentation of findings at conferences

  • Preparation and submission of grant applications

  • Staff mentoring and support (e.g., conference presentations, academic writing)

  • Staff supervision (e.g., research assistants)

  • Training evaluation and curriculum redevelopment

  • Print/publication development and design

  • Liaise and collaborate with team members, researchers, academics and key industry members

 

October 2008 – August 2009, Australian National University, Canberra

RESEARCH OFFICER, Centre for Mental Health Research, Aging Research Unit (contract role)

  • Participant recruitment and cognitive assessment

  • Ethics application preparation (training intervention study; experimental design)

  • Research project preparation and survey design

  • Data preparation and analysis (SPSS)

  • Review literature and prepare manuscripts (e.g., metacognitive self-monitoring, driving, and health behaviours in older adults)

June 2008 – October 2008, New Zealand Tertiary College, Auckland, New Zealand

SENIOR LECTURER

  • Course coordinator for Action Research (stage 3) and Early Childhood Research (stage 2)

  • Lecturer in Early Childhood Education (teaching papers e.g., “Early Childhood Research” (stage 1, 2, 3), “Action Research”)

  • Supervision of student research projects

  • Staff mentoring and marking orientation – research courses

  • Staff mentoring and support – research projects; writing journal articles

  • Chairperson of New Zealand Tertiary College Research Committee

  • Member: New Zealand Tertiary College Research Ethics Committee; Senior Lecturing Team

  • Coordinator of research team – Web-enhanced distance learning pilot project

  • Research involvement: Web-enhanced distance learning pilot project, v.1.5 – tracking student and staff experiences.

  • Tasks include class and activity preparation, lecturer meetings, marking and student academic support, marking moderation, as well as general staff participation in the College

December 2006 – June 2008, New Zealand Tertiary College, Auckland, New Zealand

LECTURER

  • Lecturer in Early Childhood Education (teaching papers e.g., “Educational Research”, “Action Research”, “Lifespan Studies”)

  • Tasks included class and activity preparation, lecturer meetings, marking and student academic support, as well as general staff participation in the College

  • Supervision of student research projects

  • Early Childhood Education study guide writing (e.g., “Inclusive Practice”, “Action Research”)

  • Member: New Zealand Tertiary College Research Ethics Committee; Research Committee

  • Member of research team – Web-enhanced distance learning pilot project

July 2005 –December 2006, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT/PhD SCHOLAR

  • Tutoring (and guest lecturing) psychology papers: “Psychology as a Natural Science”, “Psychology as a Social Science”, “Social Psychology” and “Research Methods”

  • Tasks included class and activity preparation, weekly tutor meetings, marking and student academic support, as well as general staff participation in the School of Psychology.

  • Tutor coordinator role – coordinating weekly meetings for tutor group, managing activity preparation, arranging materials etc.

  • Student liaison committee staff member

  • Coordinator of campus PhD student support group meetings/ mailing list.

 

January 2005 – July 2005, Alpha Consultants, Auckland, New Zealand

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION CONSULTANT

  • Occupational assessments and report writing for contracted service providers, e.g., ACC.

  • Providing vocational support to clients through motivation and encouragement.

  • Providing vocational rehabilitation services and programs to clients, e.g., CV preparation, pre-employment preparation, sourcing time-limited work trials and permanent placements.

 

February 2003 – November 2003, Massey University, Auckland New Zealand

PSYCHOLOGY TUTOR

  • Tutored 3 classes each semester at first year level in the “Psychology as a Social Science” and “Psychology as a Natural Science” papers.

  • Tasks included class and activity preparation, weekly staff meetings, marking and student academic support.

January 2001- June 2001, Auckland

BEHAVIOR THERAPIST

  • Developing behaviour-based programs for children with autism and autistic spectrum disorders whilst collaborating with other support professionals (i.e., speech language therapists).

  • Implementing structured programs in-home for children with autism and autistic spectrum disorders.

November 2000- April 2001, IHC

COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER

  • Provided care and support to intellectually disabled adults in group home setting

  • Provided in-home support for children with autism and autistic spectrum disorders.

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