The Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Cabrini Institute performs high quality clinical research to answer clinically important questions and to promote the translation of clinical evidence into practice and policy change. Our current program of work concerns identifying and reducing low-value health care that arises from over-diagnosis and over-treatment, and identifying ways to improve the sustainability of the health care system.

In 2018 we launched the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for the Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trial Network. We continue to manage the Australian Rheumatology Association Database and are an editorial base for Cochrane Musculoskeletal and Australasian Satellite of Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC).


Prof Rachelle Buchbinder, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow

Deputy Director

Dr Denise O’Connor, NHMRC Translating Research into Practice Fellow & Senior Research Fellow

Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group

  • Prof Rachelle Buchbinder, Co-ordinating Editor
  • Dr Renea Johnston, Managing Editor
  • Dr Sheila Cyril, Assistant Managing Editor

Cochrane Australasian Satellite of Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group

  • Dr Denise O’Connor, Director
  • Ms Jia-Xi (JC) Han, Assistant Managing Editor

Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network

  • Dr Allison Bourne, Executive Officer
  • Dr Amanda Cross, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Samuel Whittle, Practitioner Fellow

Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability

  • Dr Emma Gearon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Aislinn Lalor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Polina Putrik, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Liesl Nicol, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Value in Prescribing

Dr Joanne Brooker, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Wiser Healthcare

  • Dr Allison Bourne, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Romi Haas, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Tom Rozbroj, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Dr Jason Wallis, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Australian Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD)

  • Mr Ashley Fletcher, Project Officer
  • Ms Vibhasha Chand, Data Manager

Research Assistant

Ms Jia-Xi (JC) Han

Administrative Assistant

Ms Lizzie Wolffe

Honourary Research Fellow

Ms Melanie Hawkins

PhD Students

  • Ms Liana Cahill, PhD (La Trobe University)
  • Mr Michael Di Donato, PhD (Monash University)
  • Ms Caitlin Farmer, PhD (Monash University)
Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute