Senior Researchers

Professor Claire Rickard

Professor Marie Cooke

Professor Samantha Keogh

Professor Marianne Wallis

Associate Professor Andrew Bulmer

Dr Amanda Ullman

Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel

Nicole Marsh


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.

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)
Patient Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP),  University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System


Prof John Fraser
Prof Marion Mitchell
Prof David Paterson
Prof Marianne Wallis
Prof Joan Webster
Prof Marilyn Cruickshank
Prof Paul Fulbrook
Prof Mavilde LG Pedreira

Adjunct Associate Professors
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
Dr Li Zhang

Senior Research Fellow
Dr David McMillan

Research Fellows
Nicole Marsh
Jessica Schults
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 
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
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
Dr Peter Carr

Dr Steven Frost
Dr Rebecca Sharp
Monica Schoch

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

Nurse Practitioner (Vascular Access)
Tricia Kleidon

Nurse Educators
Rachel Edwards

Nursing Directors

Karen Slater
Julie Finucane
Kathy Flanigan
Sue Cadigan
Joan Webster

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

Master of Science (Microbiology)
Dou Yang Zhao


Prof Vineet Chopra

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

Paediatric Surgeon
Dr Craig McBride

Prof Andre van Zundert

Prof John Fraser

Emergency Physicians
Dr Simon Bugden
A/Prof James Rippey
Dr Gerben Keijzers
A/Prof Diana Egerton-Warburton
A/Prof Louise Cullen

Paediatric Oncologist
A/Prof Andrew Hallahan

Ultrasound Expert
A/Prof James Rippey

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

Dr David McMillan
Dr Li Zhang
Dr Nahid Choudhury
Prof Patrick Harris
Michelle Bauer

A/Prof Peter Mollee






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