School of Paediatrics and Child Health

ISAC Researchers

Chief Investigators 


Professor Karen Edmond

Professor Karen Edmond (Director) is a senior paediatrician, public health physician and Professor based at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth and the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia. She has assumed overall responsibility for the CRE including governance and financial management.

Chief Investigator/Co-lead: ISAC Knowledge theme. University of Western Australia, WA Department of Health, Western Australia


Dr Daniel McAullay

Dr Daniel McAullay is a Research Associate Professor at the Centre for Research Excellence for Improving Health Services for Aboriginal Children (Princess Margaret Hospital / University of Western Australia), holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at Edith Cowan University and directs his own consultancy company.

He has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) and a Master of Applied Epidemiology.

Chief Investigator/Co-lead: Knowledge theme. Edith Cowan University, University of Western Australia, Western Australia


Professor David Atkinson

Professor David Atkinson worked for both Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMS) and the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (RCSWA) from 2002 – 15. He established a vertically and horizontally integrated medical education program with an emphasis on Aboriginal health for KAMS and RCSWA in the Kimberley. In 2015 he has taken on the full time role of Head of RCSWA based in Broome but with state wide responsibilities. David has a long-term interest in primary health care and health service planning for Aboriginal people and is involved in a wide range of research projects in Aboriginal health.

Chief Investigator/Co-lead: Training theme. RCSWA (Rural Clinical School of WA), University of Western Australia, Western Australia


Professor Rhonda Marriott

Professor Rhonda Marriott is Professor of Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at Murdoch University. Rhonda is a registered nurse and midwife and was the Inaugural Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development and evaluation and is CI on the Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing.

Chief Investigator/Co-lead: Training theme. Murdoch University, Telethon KIDS Institute, Western Australia


Professor Ross Bailie

Professor Ross Bailie is a Professor at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, the Scientific Director of the National Centre for Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care and leads the NHRMC funded ABCD National Research Partnership on quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care. He assists with linking ISAC with the ABCD program of work, including promoting collaborative arrangements, leading analysis of clinical audit data from the ABCD National Research Partnership and contributing to ongoing development of quality improvement processes in child health.

Chief Investigator/Co-lead: Knowledge theme. Menzies School of Health Research, Northern Territory


Associate Professor Alan Ruben

Associate Professor Alan Ruben is the community paediatrician for Apunipima Cape York Health Council Queensland. He has over 20 years’ experience in providing and evaluating child health programs in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland. He has extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development and evaluation.

Chief Investigator/Co-lead: Transfer theme. Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Queensland Health, Queensland.


Associate Professor Mark Wenitong

Associate Professor Mark Wenitong (Adjunct Associate Professor, James Cooke University, and School of Tropical Public Health) is from the Kabi Kabi tribal group of South Queensland. He is an Aboriginal Public Health Medical officer at NACCHO, and the Senior Medical Advisor at Apunipima Cape York Health Council. His work entails clinics, clinical governance and strategic primary health care planning. He was the acting CEO of NACCHO for a period in 2012, and amongst others, past president and founding member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and is a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council – National Preventative Health Committee, the National Lead Clinicians Group, a ministerial appointee to the National Aboriginal and Torres Islander Health Equity Council, the National Independent e-Health Advisory Committee, and chairs the Andrology Australia-Aboriginal and Torres Islander Male Reference group. He is a council member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and a Board member of the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress health service. He sits on the National Health Performance Authority PHC committee, and has been heavily involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait health workforce.

Chief Investigator/Co-lead: Collaboration theme. Apunipima Cape York Health Council, James Cook University, Queensland


 Professor Victor Nossar

Professor Victor Nossar is a senior community paediatrician and Professor at Menzies School of Health Research and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

He has extensive experience in the assessment, strengthening and evaluation of child health systems nationally and internationally. He is currently Program Leader for Child and Youth Health in the Northern Territory Department of Health and is also playing a leading role in the development of services across Government to improve early childhood health and development outcomes in the Northern Territory. He is one of the leadership team implementing the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program for the Australian Government – a sustained nurse home visiting program for Aboriginal families in Australia. He developed and headed the Every Chance for Every Child early years initiative in South Australia, and the Families First Initiative across New South Wales. Prof Nossar has reviewed child health services across Australia, and in China and Pacific, African and Indian Ocean countries for AusAID, UNFPA, WHO and The World Bank.

Chief Investigator/Co-lead: Transfer theme. Department of Health Northern Territory, Menzies School of Health Research, Northern


Professor Betty Kirkwood

Professor Betty Kirkwood is an internationally recognised epidemiologist and fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health and of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Her substantive research is accompanied by a commitment to translating research findings into health policy and program action and to research capacity strengthening. She has an extensive network of overseas collaborators and close links with the WHO.

Chief Investigator/Co-lead: Collaboration theme. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK


Professor Fiona Stanley

Professor Fiona Stanley is the founding director of Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (now Telethon Kids Institute), is internationally recognised for her research on behalf of Australia’s children and Aboriginal social justice, and she has served on major international, national and local committees. Prof. Stanley is currently CIA on NHMRC Aboriginal health grants including the CRE in Indigenous Health and Wellbeing, an NMHRC program grant and an ARC Linkage grant both using large population data sets to understand and influence causal child developmental pathways.

Chief Investigator/Co-lead: Transfer theme. University of Western Australia, Telethon KIDS Institute, Western Australia



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