Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)


2016-2018 members


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Professor Ian Harris AM (Chair)

Orthopaedic Surgeon, University of NSW (NSW)

Professor Ian Harris is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UNSW. He maintains a clinical orthopaedic practice and directs a research unit based at Liverpool, in Sydney’s south west. His research activities include registries, clinical trials, systematic reviews and methodological studies in the fields of surgical outcomes, trauma (fractures), joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation after surgery. His aims are to improve the evidence base for orthopaedic surgery and to better align clinical practice with that evidence base.



Dr Dawn Aitken

Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Dr Dawn Aitken is a Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, which is supported by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. She completed her PhD in 2011, examining early changes which occur in knee osteoarthritis. Before this she completed a Bachelor of Science, with Honours in Human Kinetics, at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Dawn’s research uses advanced MRI technology to identify and test new treatments for osteoarthritis. Her PhD highlighted that important changes occur in the bone before cartilage begins to breakdown. This knowledge has led to clinical trials which are currently testing new treatments for knee and back pain.



Professor Catherine Hill

Clinical Rheumatologist, University of Adelaide (SA)

Professor Catherine Hill is a clinical rheumatologist and epidemiologist with clinical training in Adelaide and postgraduate training at Boston University with Prof David Felson.  She works as a clinical rheumatologist at The Queen Elizabeth and Royal Adelaide Hospitals and Clinical Professor at University of Adelaide. Her research expertise includes intervention studies in osteoarthritis, population-based musculoskeletal epidemiology, giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica.  She is a Chief Investigator of North West Adelaide Health Study; a longitudinal population-based cohort study.

She has previously led a multicentre NHMRC funded project grant to study the effects of fish oil supplementation on symptoms and structural progression over two years in knee osteoarthritis in a multicentre RCT and subsequent collaborations have resulted in three current NHMRC-funded multicentre osteoarthritis trials. She currently co-chairs a working group and Special Interest Group as part of   OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatology), an independent initiative of international health professionals interested in outcome measures in rheumatology. At the 2015 meeting, she co-chaired a SIG on remission in RA and will be involved at the next OMERACT in the areas of PMR and corticosteroid adverse events. She participates in drug regulatory work and is a current member of the Drug Utilization Subcommittee (DUSC) of PBAC and Chair of the South Australian Medicines Evaluation Panel.



Dr Steven Kamper

Physiotherapist, University of Sydney, NSW

Steven Kamper trained as physiotherapist at the University of Sydney and worked treating patients in musculoskeletal practice before completing his PhD at the George Institute in 2011. He has appointments as Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health and Adjunct Scientists at the VU University, Amsterdam. Dr Kamper has 85 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and presented his work on more than 40 occasions in 10 countries, his work is published in top ranking general medical (BMJ, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, PLOS Med) and specialist journals (Pain, Journal of Physiotherapy). He is the co-founder of the International Collaboration of Early Career Researchers (, an initiative aimed at connecting and supporting junior researchers in the health care field, and research fellow of the Physiotherapy Database ( responsible for education and training. His primary research interest is in musculoskeletal pain in children, particularly with reference to in the interaction between musculoskeletal pain and broader health risk factors such as overweight, smoking, alcohol misuse and poor mental health. His experience includes in design, conduct and reporting of prognostic studies, RCTs, systematic reviews, clinimetric analyses and studies exploring the mechanisms of action.



Dr James McAuley (NSW)

Psychologist, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)

Dr James McAuley is a psychologist and Senior Research Scientist at NeuRA where he is the Director of NeuRA Pain Clinics and the NeuRA Pain Hub. He holds a conjoint Senior Lecturer position at UNSW and honorary Senior Research Fellowship at the George Institute for Global Health. His research interests include understanding the causes of acute and chronic low back pain.



Professor Lisa Stamp

Rheumatologist, University of Otago (NZ)

Professor Lisa Stamp is a Rheumatologist at the University of Otago, Christchurch and Christchurch Public Hospital. Lisa completed her rheumatology training in New Zealand and Adelaide and subsequently completed her PhD at the University of Adelaide in Australia. She is Director of the Canterbury Rheumatology Immunology Research Group. Her research interests include individualization of drug treatments in rheumatic conditions, including dosing of allopurinol and the role of oxypurinol concentrations in gout, use of methotrexate in rheumatoid arthritis and the role of intracellular methotrexate polyglutamates in disease activity and drug toxicity. She also has an interest in inflammatory pathways in rheumatoid arthritis in particular interleukin-17. Prof Stamp has been awarded an Early Career Research award and the Carl Smith Medal for research by the University of Otago. In 2016 she was awarded as The Arthritis New Zealand National Researcher Award.


Dr Donna Urquhart 

Senior Research Fellow / Physiotherapist, Monash University (VIC)

Dr Donna Urquhart is a NHMRC Career Development Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in the Monash University Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and a physiotherapist with over 16 years of clinical experience in the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Her primary research interest is in establishing innovative, effective treatment and prevention strategies for low back pain and she is currently involved in leading several NHMRC randomised controlled trials, conducting systematic reviews/meta-analyses, collaborating on large scale cohort studies and working with industry in this field.



Associate Professor Bruce Walker

Chiropractor, Murdoch University (WA)

Associate Professor Bruce F. WALKER DC, MPH, DrPH, AM is Head of Chiropractic and Associate Dean of Research, School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, Western Australia. Publications include over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals, one book chapter, 1 research report, 20 conference papers, 31 posters, H-Index 17, cited over 1500 times (source Scopus). Bruce is also Editor-in-Chief of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies and has extensive experience in Human Research Ethics. His main interest involves epidemiology and trials concerning back pain.



Professor Tania Winzenberg 

General Practitioner, University of Tasmania (TAS)

 Professor Tania Winzenberg is Professor of Chronic Disease Management at the University of Tasmania.  She is an academic general practitioner and epidemiologist.  As a member of the ANZMUSC Scientific Advisory Committee, she brings extensive experience in MSK clinical trials, and in clinical trials in the general practice setting, as well as a strong understanding of the primary health care system and general practice. Her research focuses on osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and chronic plantar heel pain as well as primary health care.