Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching And Research

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

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


Griffith University
Australia 4111