TORC Staff

Transfusion Research Unit Staff 2011
Top L-R: Shelly Jeffcott, Zoe McQuilten, Louise Phillips, Joanne Enticott, Liam Chadwick, Rangi Kandane, Stephanie Levy
Bottom L-R: Rosemary McGinnes, Rosalie Clementson, Amanda Zatta, Naomi Aoki

Ms Naomi Aoki BSc MScMed (Infn.Imm.) - Research Assistant, DEPM
Naomi is currently the most recently appointed staff member at the Transfusion Research Unit. She will be working across several TORC projects, however is mainly involved in the Pandemic Preparedness Project: Australia’s blood supply in a major disaster or pandemic: How will we meet clinical demand? Naomi has completed a Bachelors Degree in Science majoring in Genetics and, more recently gained a Master of Infectious Disease and Immunology at University of Sydney in 2008.

Dr Liam Chadwick BEng, MSc (Res), PhD - Research Fellow, DEPM
Liam's background is in systems and human factors engineering. His research has specialised on risk management and system safety in safety-critical systems. Liam's research analyses work processes and system safety using systems engineering and human factors methods to design and implement interventions to optimise system and user performance. Liam is working on the human factors agenda within the Transfusion Research Unit in relation to human behaviour, decision-making, culture and both system risk and res9ilience in transfusion quality and safety.

Ms Rosalie Clementson – Senior Administrative Officer, DEPM
Rosalie provides administrative support to TORC and the Critical Care Division within the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.  Her work with TORC involves administration for the Massive Transfusion Registry as well as support with progress reports, ethics amendments and steering committee meetings for other projects.  Rosalie also provides personal support to Dr Louise Phillips and is the resources and events coordinator for the unit.

Dr Shelly Jeffcott BSc (Hons) PhD - Senior Research Fellow, DEPM
Shelly’s background is in psychology and human-computer interaction and her research has focused on links between organisational dynamics and culture in safety-critical industries like healthcare and railways.  Shelly’s work predominantly utilises qualitative methods to investigate people’s perceptions and attitudes toward safety and team, working with the aim of designing interventions that are matched to the real word and likely to be successful and sustainable.  She is leading a human factors agenda within the Transfusion Research Unit in relation to human behaviour, decision making, culture and both system risk and resilience in transfusion quality and safety. 

Dr Rosemary McGinnes BSc (Hons) Grad Dip Epi Biostat DHSc – Research Assistant, DEPM
Rosemary has considerable experience in coordinating and managing sponsored clinical trials across a range of indications including obesity, leukaemia and osteoporosis.  She completed a DHSc at Deakin University examining a range of issues surrounding the provision of physical activity advice to obese people. Rosemary is the project coordinator for the Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT) Registry, the Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) Registry and the Aplastic Anaemia (AA) Registry.  These registries gather information about blood usage, together with outcome data from hospitals around Australia to improve knowledge regarding the treatment of these rare diseases.

Dr Biswadev Mitra MBBS, MHSM, FACEM - Emergency and Trauma Physician, The Alfred and PhD Student Monash University
Dev is a PhD student at the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine and has received an NHMRC Australian postgraduate research scholarship.  He is supervised by Professor Peter Cameron and Associate Professor Damien Jolley.  He is also an Emergency Physician at the Alfred Hospital Emergency and Trauma Centre and a Forensic Medical Officer at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine. He completed his medical undergraduate training at The University of Melbourne in 2000 and fellowship training in Emergency Medicine at The Alfred Hospital in 2008.  A Masters in Health Services Management was completed through Monash University in 2008.  Dev’s main research interests include trauma resuscitation, epidemiology, health systems, policy and management. As part of his PhD, Dev is investigating the role of coagulopathy in trauma, particularly the onset of coagulopathy and potential early interventions in the management of this problem.

Dr Louise Phillips BSc (Hons), PhD, MPH - Head, Transfusion Research Unit, DEPM
Louise has been a member of DEPM since 2004 and was appointed head of the Transfusion Research Unit in December 2009.  She was responsible for the establishment and management of the Haemostasis Registry from its inception in 2005.  She currently manages all TORC projects including the TRIO partnership grant and is involved in other related projects in the Department. Louise completed a Bachelor of Science degree from Victoria University of Wellington in 1992 majoring in Genetics and Ecology, and an Honours year with the University of Melbourne in 1997.  Following this, she completed her PhD in the Botany Department at the University of Melbourne and worked as a Research Fellow at Latrobe University.  A change in career direction in 2004 brought her to the Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre and subsequently to DEPM.  She attained her Masters Degree in Public Health in 2008.

Ms Maree Smith – Administrative Officer, DEPM
Maree is responsible for ethics applications and reporting for TORC projects and data entry for the Pandemic Preparedness Project.

Dr Amanda Zatta BSc (Hons) PhD – NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow, DEPM
Dr Zatta is an NHMRC Research Fellow in the Transfusion Research Unit at DEPM.  Amanda has a PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology & Pathophysiology, having trained both in Australia and overseas.  In February 2009 Amanda transitioned from laboratory based research into clinical research.  She was appointed Project Manager of the Haemostasis Registry and more recently has secured funding to establish a national Massive Transfusion Registry to collect data on transfusion practice and patient outcomes in the setting of critical bleeding and massive transfusion.