Our Team

AVATAR was established in 2007, and now consists of more than 100 nurses, doctors and other researchers from a range of health specialties who are all passionate about preventing vascular access 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, Australia.  AVATAR is active globally and has significant influence on hospital and home based care for adult and paediatric patients. Our research shapes healthcare and infection prevention guidelines globally.

Clinical Nurse Specialists (Vascular Access)
Dr Evan Alexandrou
Tricia Kleidon
Kerrie Curtis
Nicholas Mifflin
Vanno Sou
Tracey Vidler
Barbara Hewer
Gavin Jackson


Research Support Staff
Julie Flynn
Emily Larsen
Victoria Gibson
Paula Cattanach
Anna Dean
Chelsea Gosden
Sarah Lepelaar
India Lye
Sarah Northfield
Colleen Pitts
Tara Williams
Julieta Woosley
Melissa Arneil
Christine Woods
Mari Takashima
Grace Xu
Deanne August
Erin Brown
Ally Hawthorne


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


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


PhD Scholars
Amanda Corley
Julie Flynn
Nicole Gavin
Nicole Marsh
Matthew Mason
Bronwyn Pearse
Karen Slater
Emily Larsen

Masters Students
Marlena Kussrow 
India Lye
Calvin Quirk
Ryan McKinnon

Administrative team
Rita Nemeth
Joanne Wright


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