Dr Janine McMillan

Dr Janine McMillan

Acting Co-Director, and Research Lead

Dr Janine McMillan is the Acting Co-Director and Research Lead at ISCRR, and adjunct academic in the Healthy Working Lives Research Group, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Janine has six years of experience in the personal injury sector and is focused on creating a deep understanding of research value with decision-makers in government. She has facilitated the design and application of collaborative research projects within the areas of occupational health and safety, recovery from injury, return-to-work and compensation. These include evaluations, environmental scans, evidence reviews, and quantitative data analyses.

Prior to joining ISCRR, Janine obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne. She graduated to the Deakin University Metabolic Research Unit Management Team for eight years where her key role was to lead the Gene Discovery Group, identifying novel genes associated with obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, and selecting target proteins to move into a drug development pipeline. A number of genes were discovered and patented, attracting international drug company investment and forming the basis of several high impact publications. She was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research.

Janine was also a Problem Based Learning tutor at Deakin University’s School of Medicine for seven years, and concurrently a Research Fellow conducting research into the effect of antidepressant and antipsychotic medication on bone cells, at the University Hospital Geelong and Deakin University.

Janine enjoys hiking and camping with her family and friends, and taking the dog for walks on the beach.

Dr Kim Pham

Dr Kim Pham

Acting Co-Director, and Research Program and Operations Manager

Kim is the Acting Co-Director of ISCRR and also leads the management of ISCRR institute operations, project administration of internal ISCRR research projects, and management of externally funded ISCRR research projects. Kim is passionate about continuous process improvement to provide a high-quality research program for WorkSafe Victoria and the broader collaborative network.

Having commenced her career in biomedical research management in 2005 and gained further experience in the not-for-profit and higher education sector, Kim has a diverse background in research program management and operations, educational program design and implementation, policy research and proposal development of high-impact initiatives for large organisations. She brings this skillset to promote innovation and strategic thinking between Monash University and WorkSafe Victoria.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) from The University of Melbourne, a PhD in cellular immunology from Swinburne University of Technology and a postgraduate Certificate in Business Development from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

In Kim’s spare time, she likes bushwalking and making kimchi.

Dr Jimmy Twin

Dr Jimmy Twin

Research Communications and Translation Manager

Jimmy oversees ISCRR’s development of a variety of high quality and tailored research translation products that enhance our partners' capacity to use evidence to inform their decision-making and to reach research impact goals. Jimmy works closely with ISCRR’s partners to ensure both our research findings and insights are delivered in an accessible, relevant and engaging way.

Jimmy has extensive experience in the research and communication fields since 2001, complemented with a diverse skill set which includes product development, web design, creative writing, event management, scientific editing and the development of database systems.

Prior to joining ISCRR, Jimmy held research translation roles with the Gastroenterological Society of Australia and headspace, coming from a postdoctoral research position at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. There he carried out research in the fields of infectious disease and sexual health while being an Associate Editor for scientific journal BMC Infectious Diseases. Jimmy has a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Tasmania, and a Master of Communication degree from Deakin University.

In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys painting, creating comic book and animation content, and has written and illustrated two children’s books.

Dr Sophie Pointer

Dr Sophie Pointer

Senior Research Officer (Evidence Reviews)

Sophie is the Senior Research Officer (Evidence Reviews) at ISCCR. As a member of the Research Team, she is passionate about delivering high quality research to meet the needs of our clients.

She has extensive experience in injury surveillance and started working in the field in 2002. Prior to ISCRR, Sophie was the Deputy Director of the National Injury Surveillance Unit at Flinders University and has experience working across university and government sectors (state and federal). Sophie has a keen interest in increasing the understanding of the nature, causes and effects of human injury, and in reducing its occurrence and consequences.

Sophie holds a PhD in Neuropsychology, an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science, as well as a Degree of Bachelor of Science from the Flinders University of South Australia, School of Psychology. Sophie has published numerous reports and high-quality scientific publications in refereed journals.

When not at work, Sophie enjoys spending time with her wife and teenage daughter playing boardgames and indulging in all the different types of festivals on offer in Adelaide.

Dr Sarah Oxford

Dr Sarah Oxford

Senior Research Officer (Evaluation)

Sarah designs and delivers qualitative research and evaluation projects for ISCRR. She has extensive experience conducting research with people from socially vulnerable backgrounds, and managing projects from conception through to completion while collaborating with numerous stakeholders from industry, academia, government and the non-profit sector. Her goal is to ensure policy and decision-makers achieve a deep and empathetic understanding of the people, context and challenges that policies and programs aim to address.

Prior to ISCRR, Sarah was a lecturer at the Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University. Sarah obtained a PhD in Sociology from Victoria University, where she received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Research Training (Research Degree Graduate). Her doctoral research contributed to new knowledge towards understanding how girls’ participation in sport disrupts gender relations. She has a Master of Arts from the University of Bradford (UK) and a Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South (USA). Sarah has published numerous high-quality scientific publications in refereed journals and books.

When not at work, Sarah can be found surfing, mountain biking or attempting to cook something with ingredients she cannot pronounce.

Dr Ivana Randjelovic

Dr Ivana Randjelovic

Senior Research Officer

Ivana is the Senior Research Officer at ISCRR responsible for conducting primary research and environmental scans.

Since 2006, Ivana has accumulated vast experience in delivering research and implementing projects across university, government and non-government organisation sectors. She has a background in anthropology (BA Hons) and Gender and Politics (MA) and holds a PhD in Social Sciences from Swinburne University.

When not at work, Ivana spends her free time entertaining her four cats. She also likes to visit galleries with her friends and enjoys reading a good book.

Dr Faye Forbes

Dr Faye Forbes

Research Officer

Faye is part of the Research Team at ISCRR. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and has particular interests in family wellbeing and cultural diversity. Her research work supports policy-makers to make informed decisions regarding their programs.

Previously she has worked in research and evaluation in academic and non-government organisational settings. Faye recently completed her PhD on “Male Partner Involvement In Perinatal Healthcare: A Multiple Method Exploration In Sub-Saharan Africa And Among Culturally And Linguistically Diverse Families In Australia”.

Amanda Moo

Amanda Moo

Research Officer

Amanda is part of the Research Team and has been working in the areas of research and project management since 2003. With her significant experience in mixed-methods research analysis, Amanda leads and conducts a range of research projects from environmental scans to evaluations in occupational health and safety, compensation and return-to-work. She plays an important role in synthesising data and findings for project stakeholders to make informed decisions.

Amanda also supports the Research Program and Operations Team in financial management and has been involved in various continuous process improvements within the Institute over the years. She holds a Masters in Information Systems and a Bachelor in Management from the Queensland University of Technology.

Outside work, Amanda has a keen interest in the art of language translation.

Carmen Schroder

Carmen Schroder

Research Officer

Carmen works in the research team on various evaluations and research projects. Most recently she led ISCRR’s monitoring and evaluation of the Vicarious Trauma Prevention and Awareness Toolkit project; a partnership with CPSU, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice and Community Safety and WorkSafe Victoria.

Since 2010, Carmen has worked with government, academic, not-for-profit and community organisations to evaluate and strengthen services, systems and policy. Motivated by social justice, Carmen has a keen interest in systems improvement and capacity building solutions. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Psychology (Hons.) from RMIT University.

In her spare time, Carmen enjoys pottering in her garden and playing boggle with her children.

Ashleigh Blair

Ashleigh Blair

Research Support Officer

As part of her role as Research Support Officer at ISCRR, Ashleigh is involved in the implementation and coordination of a range of research and administrative tasks, including data collection, input and analysis and reviewing and synthesising peer-reviewed and grey literature.

Before joining ISCRR, Ashleigh worked in a range of positions within government (UK) and not-for-profit organisations, primarily within the mental health sector. She has a Bachelor of Science, Psychology (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Behaviour Science.

When not at work Ashleigh enjoys reading, travelling, and spending time with her partner and friends.

Olivia Crivari

Olivia Crivari

Research Support Officer

As a research support officer at ISCRR, Olivia undertakes a range of high-quality research activities that play a critical role in supporting the delivery of research and evaluation projects.

She started with ISCRR in August 2021 securing a student placement during her Bachelor of Health Science from Monash University. She continued the partnership, choosing to do her Honours year at ISCRR in 2022, where she achieved 1st Class Honours on her thesis on the topic of vicarious trauma burden in teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When she is not at work, Olivia loves to attend art galleries and museums, read a good book and spend time with her loved ones, eating fantastic food.

Edwina Sekine

Edwina Sekine

PhD Candidate

Edwina is a PhD candidate, jointly supervised by Dr Janine McMillan, Dr Sarah Oxford from ISCCR and A/Prof Ross Iles from the Healthy Working Lives Research Group, Monash University.

Following her graduation in 2006 (Bachelor Physiotherapy with Honours), Edwina commenced her clinical career at The Alfred before joining Barwon Health. She has worked closely with people affected by compensable injuries in a number of contexts.  Since 2012, Edwina has gained experience working within Victoria’s State Government injury compensation schemes.  Drawing upon the insights gleaned throughout her career, Edwina is excited by the opportunity for her research to ultimately contribute to improved recovery outcomes following injury.

Outside of work, Edwina is a keen violinist and plays in a number of ensembles.

Kathryn Leslie

Kathryn Leslie

Research Program and Operations Officer

Kathryn is a Research Program and Operations Officer at ISCRR and plays a key role in research project management and executive support. She is responsible for a range of project management activities including project data capture, milestone tracking, reporting and analysis, as well as output management. She works closely with the Research Program Management team to ensure internal and external compliance with ISCRR’s governance.

Prior to joining ISCRR, she worked at Marnoo Primary School as a Classroom teacher. Prior to this, Kathryn was a clinical education administrator for Ambulance Victoria and has spent some time working in the tertiary sector at NMIT. She has a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma in Education.

In her spare time, Kathryn is a basketball fanatic, both as a player and fan. She’s also into the live band scene, enjoys socialising with friends, and relaxing at home with her husband, dogs, cat and child.

Marie Muggivan

Marie Muggivan

Research Program and Operations Officer

Marie is a Research Program and Operations Officer at ISCRR and plays a key role in research project management and executive support. Marie is responsible for a range of project management and operational tasks including milestone tracking, project data capture and enquiries, reporting and analysis, daily operations, finances and output management. Marie works closely with the Research Program Management team to ensure internal and external compliance with ISCRR’s governance.

Prior to joining ISCRR, Marie tried on many hats from executive assistant to office manager to photographer. Marie has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Sociology (Monash) and is currently undertaking her Graduate Diploma in Psychology (CSU).

In her spare time, she wears a lot of black and talks a lot about cats!

Dr Magdaline Koutsaplis

Dr Magdaline Koutsaplis

Research Communications Officer

Magdaline Koutsaplis is a member of the Research Communications and Translation Team at ISCRR and has a keen interest in capturing and communicating research impact.

Prior to joining ISCRR, Magdaline worked at the Monash Research Office in grants management and later in research development.  It is during this time that she gained a true appreciation of the value of research across the different disciplines and importance of effective research communication. Magdaline holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Bachelor of Arts and a PhD in organometallic chemistry from Monash University.

When not at work, Magdaline enjoys the serenity of the outdoors and reading a good book.

Blaire Dobiecki

Blaire Dobiecki

Research Communications Officer

Blaire is part of the Research Communications and Translation Team at ISCRR and specialises in developing engaging content for a range of stakeholders, across a variety of digital mediums. She manages ISCRR’s social media presence, the bi-monthly stakeholder newsletter and internal communications. She is particularly passionate about telling the human stories that ISCRR research directly impacts, with a particular interest in videography.

Previous to ISCRR, she has 10 years of diverse experience within the science communication and education industries, including writing and editing popular science articles, presenting science shows, producing movies, teaching maths and science in high schools, and working as a scientific research assistant. She has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Zoology and Environmental Science, and two Masters Degrees in Science Communication and Teaching, respectively.

At home, Blaire enjoys propagating plants both indoors and out, and spending time with her dearly beloved partner, children and dogs.

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