Research Capacity Development Committee

  • Professor Jonathan Morris

    Professor Jonathan Morris

    Co-lead Research Capacity Development; Co-lead Care After Stillbirth

    jonathan.morris@sydney.edu.au

    @jthanmorris

    Jonathan Morris is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist.  Currently, Professor Morris is Director of The Kolling Institute, based at Royal North Shore Hospital. The Institute aims to embed high quality biomedical research within health to realize its mission of research discovery, development, delivery and dissemination for healthy people, healthy lives and communities. Professor Morris also leads the Perinatal Research Division within the Kolling Institute, a team comprising over 30 researchers in Basic Science, Clinical and Population Health Perinatal Research.

  • Dr Adrienne Gordon

    Dr Adrienne Gordon

    Co-lead Risk Factors; Lead Public Awareness

    adrienne.gordon@sydney.edu.au

    @AdrienneOz

    Doctor Adrienne Gordon is known nationally, and emerging internationally, as a clinician and academic establishing a strong research career in the area of stillbirth and adverse perinatal outcomes. Currently a Neonatologist in the RPA centre for newborn care, Dr Gordon is also an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Sydney. Having completed a PhD on risk factors for stillbirth, her current ECR Fellowship aims to develop and pilot test a culturally appropriate information resource for pregnant women targeting health behaviours that can optimise pregnancy outcome.

  • Professor Christine East

    Professor Christine East

    Co-lead Clinical Education; Co-lead Research Capacity Development

    christine.east@monash.edu

    Christine East has extensive research and clinical experience and wide reaching collaborative networks. These have enabled the development of research efforts for evaluating and improving the perinatal health of Australia’s mothers and babies. Professor East’s research networks and endeavours compliment her appointment as the inaugural Professor of Midwifery, Monash University and Monash Health, Victoria, given her detailed understanding of the interface between the clinical setting and academia. Professor East has led changes to clinical practice at Monash Health through the introduction of evidence-based guidelines and internationally through systematic reviews of her own and others’ studies.

  • Professor Euan Wallace

    Professor Euan Wallace

    Co-lead Prediction and Placenta

    euan.wallace@monash.edu

    @euan_wallace

    Euan Wallace currently holds clinical positions as Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Monash University; Director of Obstetric Services at Monash Health; and Co-Director, The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research.  Over a period of 25 years, Professor Wallace’s research has addressed diverse aspects of fetal and maternal medicine, including fetal development and maternal physiology.  The major areas of research currently being addressed by his group are: fetal growth restriction, preeclampsia, placental ageing and stillbirth, and cell therapies.

  • Professor Vicki Flenady

    Professor Vicki Flenady

    Director; Co-lead Risk Factors; Co-lead Implementation

    vicki.flenady@mater.uq.edu.au

    Professor Vicki Flenady leads the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence which aims to reduce stillbirths and improve care for families when a child is stillborn through high quality research and raising community awareness.  Vicki was lead author on The Lancet’s stillbirth series in 2011 and 2016. Vicki’s research currently focused on stillbirth prevention through better understanding of causal pathways and risk factors and is currently leading a large-scale trial on a mobile phone app for women on fetal movements to reduce stillbirth rates. With a clinical background in midwifery and neonatal nursing and masters and PhD in perinatal epidemiology in stillbirth prevention, Vicki has a keen interest in addressing evidence practice gaps in maternity care. Vicki is an active member of the International Stillbirth Alliance. 

  • Professor Sailesh Kumar

    Professor Sailesh Kumar

    Co-lead Prediction and Placenta

    sailesh.kumar@mater.uq.edu.au

    Professor Kumar is a Maternal and Fetal Medicine Sub-specialist at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane and Head of the Academic Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Queensland. He leads an active research group collaborating across specialities both in basic science as well as clinical projects. Professor Kumar is also Visiting Professor at the Imperial College in London and is actively involved in both clinical practice and research.

  • Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck

    Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck

    NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow

    Dr. Miranda Davies-Tuck is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, with a focus on perinatal and clinical epidemiology. Located in Melbourne at the Ritchie Centre, she has developed an integrated program of perinatal research, spanning laboratory-based discovery research, clinical trials, implementation science, and health policy to address key maternal health priorities.

    Specifically, Miranda’s work focuses on understanding ethnic differences in maternal and perinatal outcomes, reducing stillbirth, assessing the effectiveness of current antenatal and intrapartum interventions, homebirth and undertaking randomised trials to assess the efficacy of interventions in pregnancy and birth.

    Dr. Davies-Tuck has obtained ~$1M in competitive research funding, including a New Investigator NHMRC Grant (CIA $384, 565).

    In 2015, she also established a collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, now Safer Care Victoria and is a founding member of the Consultative Councils Research Committee. In this role Dr. Davies-Tuck also undertakes research to address health policy priorities and inform government policy.

  • Professor Susan McDonald

    Professor Susan McDonald

    Midwifery mentorship; Clinical guidelines

    S.McDonald@latrobe.edu.au

    Susan McDonald currently holds a full time joint professorial appointment between La Trobe University and Mercy Health in Victoria. Her role encompasses research training and education for midwives, women’s health and neonatal nurses. Professor McDonald is a member of the PSANZ ANZSA Steering Committee , a trainer for IMproving Perinatal mortality Review and Outcomes Via Education (IMPROVE), and has been involved in the development of a new PSANZ ANZSA education program related to fetal growth and prevention of stillbirth. Professor McDonald is the deputy Chair, Consultative Council for Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality Morbidity, and a member of the maternal, mortality, morbidity, and stillbirth sub committees.