North Coast Allied Health – let’s get connected

  • March 11, 2016
    07:55 - 15:55

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Kathy Refshauge Dean of Healthy Sciences University of Sydney

Professor Kathyrn Refshauge Dean of Healthy Sciences University of Sydney

Professor Refshauge will be presenting on the 5th of March

” A vision for allied health and the ways that allied health can add value to the health system “

Professor Kathryn Refshauge is the Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Before this, she held the positions of Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) at the faculty, and Head, School of Physiotherapy.

Professor Refshauge holds a PhD in the area of neuroscience. She is an eminent and widely published researcher, with more than 200 papers, and 20 books and book chapters. She has attracted a total of more than $15 million in external grant funding and has been awarded several prizes for her work with various groups, including the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Charcot‑Marie-Tooth disease association.

In recognition of the quality of her supervision, Professor Refshauge has been awarded:

  • the Faculty Award in 2010
  • the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Student Supervision in 2011
  • a national award for outstanding contribution to student learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council in 2011.

Professor Refshauge holds several honorary research appointments, including Honorary Professor at the University of Cardiff and University of Malaya, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia and at St Vincent’s Clinic, Sydney. She is a member of the editorial board of several international journals.

Professor Refshauge has made sustained contributions to numerous government and professional organisations, including membership of the board of Sports Medicine Australia, the NSW Population and Health Services Research Ethics committee, the Australian Physiotherapy Council, and the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee.

Professor Refshauge is an internationally recognised leader in research relating to musculoskeletal injury, in particular sports injuries, back pain and neck pain.





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 Dr Teresa Anderson will be presenting

” A collective voice and identity for allied health in the North Coast region “

Dr Teresa Anderson is the Chief Executive of the Sydney Local Health District with over 30 years’ experience as a clinician and manager in the public health system.
Her roles included General Manager, Liverpool Hospital and Director, Clinical Operations, Former Sydney South West Area Health Service.

Dr Anderson holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) and then went on to complete a PhD in Linguistics at Macquarie University on the Early Identification and Treatment of Communication Disorders in Infancy.
Dr Anderson is also currently Chair of the Sydney Research Council, a partnership between the University of Sydney, Sydney Local Health District and the Medical Research Institutes.





Professor Susan Nancarrow

“Allied health… preparing for the future”

Susan is Professor of Health Sciences, Director of Research in the School of Health and Human Sciences, and Deputy Chair of Academic Board at Southern Cross University.

Susan has been actively involved in research since 1996 when she started investigating lower limb complications associated with diabetes. Later, her interest in health services research developed as a result of work with a community health organisation, and through her PhD research. Her research interests are in workforce development, workforce flexibility and integration, particularly as they relate to primary care, allied health and older peoples’ services. She is also actively involved in building research capacity and she project managed the introduction of the new Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry and Speech Pathology) and Bachelor of Clinical Science (Pedorthics) which commence at SCU in 2013.

Susan’s recent research has involved the investigation of workforce dynamics,particularly in the context of multidisciplinary services, community rehabilitation, and the care of older people. She has undertaken a number of research projects and consultancies in this field.


Suzanne Punshon

“‘Moving forward with NDIA”

Suzanne joined the National Disability Insurance Agency in May 2013 as NSW Hunter Assistant Director Engagement and then commenced the role of Director of Engagement and Funding in November 2013.

Suzanne’s role involves engaging with stakeholders of NDIA including participants, families and carers, community, not for profit and non-government organisations as well as other government agencies both State and Commonwealth.
Suzanne is responsible for establishing and coordinating round tables and workshops with the not for profit sector and service providers as well as speaking at public forums throughout the Trial Site.

For the past 22 years Suzanne has been working in the delivery of human services at a managerial level. 15 of these years have involved working with people with disability in the state government locally in the Hunter Region as well as in Central and Far West NSW.

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Big thanks to our Sponsors

This event would not be possible without the generous support from our Gold Sponsor North Coast Primary Health and our Silver Sponsor Mid North Coast Local Health District.

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