Our Team

The AVATAR Group, established and led by Professor Claire Rickard, consists of more than 100 nurses, doctors and other health researchers from a range of medical specialties who are all passionate about preventing IV complications. Numerous hospitals and universities are involved in the group's research work.
Our administrative base is the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University.

Based in Australia, the AVATAR Group is active throughout the world and has significant influence on hospital and home based care for adult and paediatric patients. Its research shapes healthcare and infection prevention guidelines globally.

 

Principal Director
Prof Claire Rickard

 

Directors
Prof Marie Cooke
Prof Samantha Keogh
Dr Amanda Ullman
Prof Marianne Wallis
Dr Andrew Bulmer

 

Liaisons
Nicole Marsh
Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel 
 

 

Administrative team
Rita Nemeth
Joanne Wright

 

Partner Hospitals
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Partner Universities
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Partner Research Groups
Critical Care Research Group (CCRG)
Centre for Applied Health Economics (CAHE)
Segurança e Tecnologia - Safety and Technology (SegTec)
 

 

Professors
Prof Raymond Chan
Prof John Fraser
Prof Sandie McCarthy
Prof Marion Mitchell
Prof David Paterson
Prof Marianne Wallis
Prof Joan Webster
 

Adjunct Professor
Marilyn Cruickshank
Prof Paul Fulbrook

 

Adjunct Associate Professor
Adj Prof Nancy Moureau
Adj Prof Evan Alexandrou

 

Adjunct Research Fellow
Laura Alberto
Peter Brown
Dr Niall Higgins
Dr Heather Reynolds
Daphne Broadhurst
Maria Paula Pires

Senior Research Fellows
Dr David McMillan
Dr Li Zhang

Research Fellows
Dr Maria Isabel Castillo
Dr Nahid Choudhury
Linda Coventry
Dr Fenella Gill
Tricia Kleidon
Dr Debbie Long
Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel 
Dr Mandy Towell
Kerrie Curtis

Nurse Researchers
Amanda Corley
Nicole Marsh
Nicole Gavin

Knowledge Translator
Kaye Rolls

Project managers
Julie Flynn
Emily Larsen
Victoria Gibson

Senior Research Assistants
Amanda Corley
Alexandra Hawthorn
Gabor Mihala 
Kathryn O'Leary
Caroline Shelverton
Christine Woods

Research Assistants
Jessica O'Leary
Mari Takashima
Grace Xu (Griffith University)
 

 

 

 

Research Nurses
Melissa Arneil
Paula Cattanach
Anna Dean
Jodie Genzel
Chelsea Gosden
Sarah Lepelaar
India Lye
Sarah Northfield
Colleen Pitts
Dr Heather Reynolds
Brigit Roberts
Anna Rowsome
Candi Sear
Tara Williams
Julieta Woosley
Josephine Lovegrove (TPCH)
Kathy Roberts (QEII)
Elizabeth Herron (Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital) 

Clinical Nurses (Vascular Access)
Kerrie Curtis
Reto Federi
Nicholas Mifflin
Vanno Sou
Tracey Vidler

Senior Lecturers
Dr Frances Lin
Dr Evan Alexandrou
Dr Andrew Bulmer
Dr Steven Osbourne

Lecturers
Dr Steven Frost
Dr Rebecca Sharp
Monica Schoch

Clinical Nurse Consultants
Dr Evan Alexandrou
Fiona Fullerton
Barbara Hewer
Gavin Jackson

Nurse Practitioner (Vascular Access)
Tricia Kleidon

Nurse Educators
Rachel Edwards
Nancy Moureau

Nursing Directors
Karen Slater
Julie Finucane
Kathy Flanigan
Sue Cadigan
Joan Webster

PhD Scholars
Peter Carr
Julie Flynn
Nicole Gavin
Nicole Marsh
Matthew Mason
Nancy Moreau
Bronwyn Pearse
Karen Slater

Master/Grad Dip of Health Research
Rand Butcher
Emily Larsen

Master of Science (Microbiology)
Maddie Williams
Dou Yang Zhao

Hospitalist
Prof Vineet Chopra

Infectious Diseases Physicians
A/Prof E. Geoffrey Playford
Prof David Paterson
Dr Naomi Runnegar
Prof Michael Whitby

Paediatric Surgeon
Dr Craig McBride

Vascular Surgeon
Dr Jack Le Donne

Anaesthetists
A/Prof Kersi Taraporewalla
Prof Andre van Zundert

Intensivists
Prof John Fraser
A/Prof John Gowardman

Emergency Physicians
Dr Simon Bugden
A/Prof James Rippey
Dr Gerben Keijzers

Paediatric Oncologist
A/Prof Andrew Hallahan

Ultrasound Expert
A/Prof James Rippey

Statistician
Dr Matthew McGrail
Gabor Mihala 
Steven Frost
Prof Adrian Esterman
Prof Robert Ware

Health Economists
Prof Paul Scuffham
Dr Haitham Tuffaha
Dr Cindy Mervyn
Dr Joshua Byrnes

Microbiologists
Dr David McMillan
Dr Li Zhang
Dr Nahid Choudhury
Prof Patrick Harris

Haematologist
A/Prof Peter Mollee
 

 

 

 

 

 

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