I am an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and have more than a decade of career experience as a researcher and research manager in the fields of health, sport and medical research. I am also one of only a small number of  individuals in Australia certified in Knowledge Translation, which facilitates the creation of relevant research and the delivery of findings through changes in practice, programs and policy.

Now based in Melbourne, I am the Principal of Knowledge Translation Australia, a Consulting service to train researchers and research users in Knowledge Translation methods and tools; to support them to implement knowledge translation practices within new and existing research projects and grants; and to link researchers and research users to ensure research is relevant for everyone.

My passion for knowledge translation and the position that I hold has provided me with opportunities to work directly with high-level decision makers. I was recently called to give evidence to the Senate Legislation Committee hearing for the Medical Research Future Fund, where I was able to advocate for the implementation of knowledge translation processes within the new funding scheme, and to suggest measures that will ensure return on investment and benefit the health and medical system and society as a whole.

I have worked with many government and non-government organisations, shared my knowledge at more than a dozen conferences and symposiums, trained hundreds of individuals at workshops, been published in numerous professional and academic journals, and been involved in the development of Knowledge Translation strategies at the organisational and project levels. My previous volunteer position as the convener for the Australasian Research Management Society (Western Australian Branch) allowed me to create vast networks within and across both research and industry sectors.

I refer to myself as a generalist, having abilities and skills from varied backgrounds beginning prior to my academic pursuits and continuing to increase every day. These skills range from administration and accounting services, building and architecture, sports science, sports biomechanics, ergonomics, forensic biomechanics, clinical biomechanics,  policy development, stakeholder liaison, tutoring and lecturing, and knowledge translation as a specialty. I have worked across a variety of research disciplines including sport, engineering, orthopaedics, childhood cancer epidemiology, and Aboriginal health.

My formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Science from Edith Cowan University, a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomechanics from The University of Western Australia, and a certification from the University of Toronto for Knowledge Translation.

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