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.

Core 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


Associate Researchers
Prof Vineet Chopra
Prof John Fraser
Prof Marion Mitchell
Prof Joan Webster
Prof David Paterson
Prof Patrick Harris
Prof Marilyn Cruickshank
Prof Mavilde LG Pedreira
Prof James Rippey
A/Prof E. Geoffrey Playford
A/Prof Andrew Hallahan
A/Prof Peter Mollee
A/Prof Diana Egerton-Warburton
A/Prof Louise Cullen
Dr Nancy Moureau
Dr Rebecca Sharp
Dr Peter Carr
Dr Frances Lin
Dr Rachel Walker
Dr Naomi Runnegar
Dr David McMillan
Dr Craig McBride
Dr Nahid Choudhury
Dr Simon Bugden
Dr Gerben Keijzers
Dr Niall Higgins
Dr Fenella Gill
Dr Debbie Long
Dr Mandy Towell
Laura Alberto
Peter Brown
Daphne Broadhurst
Maria Paula Pires
Jessica Schults
Linda Coventry
Dr Kaye Rolls

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

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


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

Masters Students
Dou Yang Zhao
Marlena Kussrow 

Administrative team
Rita Nemeth
Joanne Wright



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