Cochrane Australia Learning Week Presenters
Dr Rebecca Armstrong is the Joint Coordinating Editor for Cochrane Public Health and the Director of Public Health Insight and is based at the University of Melbourne. Rebecca’s work is focused on evidence-informed decision-making and she works with researchers and practitioners to help understand and facilitate this processes. Rebecca is an active Cochrane reviewer and contributor to a range of Cochrane committees including the KT Working Group. She also has an interest in the development of methods to support systematic reviews of complex interventions.
Miranda Cumpston is the Head of Learning and Support for Cochrane’s international Central Executive Team, based at Cochrane Australia but working across the organisation with Cochrane’s network of trainers to coordinate an international program of learning for authors, editors, consumers and other contributors. Key areas of work include developing learning frameworks for systematic reviews and editorial processes, developing Cochrane’s online learning delivery, and quality improvement for Cochrane reviews.
Dr Sue Brennan is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia, where she works on the translation of research into policy. Sue’s research translation activities focus on the production, dissemination, and evaluation of evidence summaries and syntheses for informing policy. Sue is a co-investigator on a project to develop GRADE methods for overviews of systematic reviews, and is contributing to a Cochrane handbook chapter on narrative synthesis. She has led and co-authored reviews of public health and healthcare improvement interventions, and contributes to research on synthesis methods for complex reviews.
Professor Sally Green is Co-Director of the Australasian Cochrane Centre and a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine from Monash University in addition to her clinical qualifications in Physiotherapy. Sally is an active Cochrane reviewer and has several competitively funded research projects which aim to improve health outcomes by investigating the most effective and efficient pathway of knowledge from research result to sustained change in clinical practice and policy. Professor Green is a member of the NHMRC’s Health Care Committee.
Shauna Hurley is Cochrane Australia’s Communications and Engagement Manager. She has extensive experience as a communications consultant, adviser and writer for a broad range of health, government, education and media organisations in Australia and the UK. Her interests include developing and implementing dissemination plans, media campaigns and communications strategies that engage, inform and interest diverse audiences. Shauna’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from The University of Melbourne.
Dr Emily Karahalios is a Research Fellow (Biostatistics) at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University and at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The University of Melbourne. Her current methodological research focuses on methods to synthesise evidence from multiple treatments and using multiple imputation to handle missing data in advanced epidemiological analyses. She has also been a biostatistical collaborator on several projects.
Carole Lunny is a PhD student with the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Her research interests involve developing an objective search strategy for ‘overviews of systematic reviews’, and methodological issues involved in conducting overviews of systematic reviews.
Steve McDonald is the Co-Director of Cochrane Australia and an information specialist. Steve provides literature search services to support Cochrane Australia’s evidence synthesis work and contributes to the training of review authors. He is also an information specialist with the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group, and is currently evaluating new approaches to identifying studies that make use of machine learning and text mining. Steve’s research interests include search strategy design and automating the identification and retrieval of studies for systematic reviews. He is part of Project Transform, a project funded by the NHMRC and Cochrane that aims to design, trial and scale-up more efficient SR production systems through collaborative networks and technology.
Dr Joanne McKenzie is a Senior Research Fellow (Biostatistician) at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. She has been affiliated with Cochrane Australia since 2003, and is an active contributor to Cochrane, including being a Co-Convenor of the Statistical Methods Group. Her research interests include methodological issues in meta-analysis of randomised trials with continuous outcomes, selective inclusion and reporting of results in randomised trials and systematic reviews, and approaches to synthesising evidence in systematic reviews of policy, public health, and health service delivery interventions.
Dr Matthew Page is an epidemiologist with expertise in systematic review methodology and bias in biomedical and public health research. He is currently funded by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, and has just returned from a two-year post-doctoral position at the University of Bristol, UK, where he worked with Professor Julian Higgins and Professor Jonathan Sterne. During his time in Bristol, he was a member of the core group who developed the revised risk of bias tool for randomised trials (RoB 2.0). He also collaborated on a UK MRC-funded project to extend the ROBINS-I tool to appraise a wider variety of study designs, including interrupted time series studies and controlled before-after studies. His current focus is on advancing methods for the assessment of reporting biases in systematic reviews. Matthew is also a co-convenor of the Cochrane Bias Methods Group.
Dr Rebecca Ryan is a Research Fellow at the School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, and Deputy Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group. She leads editorial policy development, developing and maintaining author resources to assist those undertaking complex intervention reviews, supporting quality assurance mechanisms across the editorial life of reviews and providing editorial input and leadership for reviews that span the broad subject scope of the Group. In February 2017 she was appointed to the inaugural Cochrane Scientific Committee, the main decision making body to agree what methods are employed within Cochrane.
Annie Synnot is a Research Fellow with Cochrane Consumers and Communication at La Trobe University, and Cochrane Australia. She has worked on a number of primary research projects in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders, including policy makers, health professionals and the not-for-profit sector. Annie leads the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group’s review prioritisation activities, and is supporting their priority author teams to meaningfully involve consumers and other stakeholders in their reviews. As part of her PhD, she is evaluating the stakeholder engagement approach being used by one of the priority Cochrane review teams. Annie’s research interests include innovations in evidence synthesis, including living systematic reviews, and new ways to involve and work with stakeholders in review prioritisation and production.