About us

Our team of world-renowned researchers and dedicated support personnel are passionate about creating a strong evidence base that underpins high-quality healthcare provision for Australians. We house the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for the Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network, manage the Australian Rheumatology Association Database and serve as editorial base for Cochrane Musculoskeletal and Australasian Satellite of Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care. We also contribute to Wiser Healthcare and the Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability.

Recent achievements

Our Director, Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, led an international group of authors in a ground-breaking series of papers on low back pain in The Lancet in 2018. The series contrasts the immense personal and global burden of low back pain with the harm caused to millions of people by wasteful and ineffective or dangerous treatments. Rachelle’s work in this space aims to reverse this trend.

The Australian & New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network was awarded an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence grant and the ANZMUSC CRE was officially launched by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for Health on 22 March 2018 at the Cabrini Institute. The event was officiated by Dr Michael Walsh, CEO of Cabrini Health. Speakers included Professor Marc Parlange, Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University, Dr Andrew Black, Director of Research Development and Collaboration at The University of Sydney, and Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Chair of the ANZMUSC Executive Committee.

Our staff

Director

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder
NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow
Director, Monash Department of Clinical
Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute
Rachelle.Buchbinder@monash.edu
Phone: +61 3 9508 3499
Fax: +61 3 9508 3478
Address: 4 Drysdale Street, Malvern VIC 3144

Dr Denise O’Connor
Senior Research Fellow
Director, Australasian Satellite of Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC)
Denise.OConnor@monash.edu

Dr Renea Johnston
Managing Editor
Cochrane Musculoskeletal
Renea.Johnston@monash.edu

Dr Allison Bourne
Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Wiser Healthcare
Executive Officer – Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network 
Allison.Bourne@monash.edu

Dr Sheila Cyril
Assistant Managing Editor
Cochrane Musculoskeletal
SheilaCyril@cabrini.com.au

Dr Joanne Brooker
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Value in Prescribing
Joanne.Brooker@monash.edu

Dr Amanda Cross
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network
Amanda.Cross@monash.edu

Dr Emma Gearon
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability
EGearon@cabrini.com.au

Dr Romi Haas
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Wiser Healthcare
Romi.Haas@monash.edu

Dr Aislinn Lalor
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability
Aislinn.Lalor@monash.edu

Dr Polina Putrik
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability
Polina.Putrik@monash.edu

Dr Tom Rozbroj
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Wiser Healthcare
TRozbroj@cabrini.com.au

Dr Jason Wallis
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Wiser Healthcare
JWallis@cabrini.com.au

Dr Samuel Whittle
Practitioner Fellow
Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network
sam@whit.tl

Ms Melanie Hawkins
Honorary Research Fellow
MHawkins@cabrini.com.au

Ms Vibhasha Chand
Data Manager
Australia Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD)
Vibhasha.Chand@monash.edu

Mr Ashley Fletcher
Project Officer
Australia Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD)
Ashley.Fletcher@monash.edu

Ms Jia-Xi (JC) Han
Research Assistant
Assistant Managing Editor – Cochrane EPOC 
JHan@cabrini.com.au

Ms Lizzie Wolffe
Administrative Assistant
buchbinder.office@gmail.com

Current undergraduate and postgraduate students

Ms Liana Cahill, PhD (La Trobe University, 2016–)
Mr Michael Di Donato, PhD (Monash University, 2017–)
Ms Caitlin Farmer, PhD (Monash University 2017–) 
Dr Bethan Richards, PhD (University of Sydney, 2011–)

Supervision of future PhD or Honours students

We consider expressions of interest for PhD or Honours student supervision aligned with our research interests, especially Wiser Healthcare, Health System Sustainability and ANZMUSC Clinical Trials Network.

Please contact jhan@cabrini.com.au for more information.