ROSA Research Team
The ROSA Research Team is based at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
A/Prof Maria Inacio
A/Prof Inacio is an epidemiologist with research interests in the areas of population health surveillance systems and utilisation of existing data and informatics to enhance these systems. Currently A/Prof Inacio’s work focuses on the surveillance of people accessing aged care services in Australia and their subsequent health care utilisation. This work has the goal of identifying good models of care, areas in need of improvement, factors leading to high health care utilisation, and opportunities to decrease unnecessary utilisation.
Maria is currently leading the development of the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA; formerly known as the Registry of Older South Australians) at SAHMRI, which will be the platform for efficient monitoring of Australians in aged care settings. In this role she is leading projects evaluating the epidemiology of aged care service utilisation in Australia from 1997 to the present and identifying differences in state utilisation of various aged care and health care services. Click HERE to learn more about Maria Inacio.
Dr Sarah Bray
ROSA Project manager + consumer engagement officer
Dr Bray has a wide interest in science, health and fitness and is also passionate about science engagement with the wider community. She has worked on a diverse range of projects over her career so far, from medical research projects in cancer biology (leukaemia and rare blood disorders) and tropical infectious disease research for a biotech company, to her PhD project wrangling ancient DNA from extinct bears!
Sarah’s background and experience in working in such a diverse range of research areas as a scientist and research admin/manager has given her the ability to understand and interpret complex scientific and medical information, and to communicate the research in meaningful ways to different audiences.
In her current role at SAHMRI, she is helping to establish & develop the framework of the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA), including facilitating consumer & community involvement in ROSA and coordination of consumer engagement activities. Click HERE to learn more about Sarah.
Ms Catherine Lang
ROSA Analytical PROGRAMMER
Catherine is currently working at SAHMRI as an analytical programmer for the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA). In this role she prepares the datasets for researchers, creates tables and figures for reports and performs ad-hoc data analysis. Her work mostly involves coding in SAS with some SQL and R. The datasets Catherine works with are quite large and include the MBS and PBS and Aged Care records. At the moment she is also learning about Network Analysis to aid in visualising this data.
Before coming to SAHMRI, Catherine worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in Methodology Division and in Construction Statistics.
Catherine has an honours degree in Physics from the University of Adelaide where she also worked briefly as a research assistant at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS).
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Dr Jyoti Khadka
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER: Psychometrics/Health Economics
Dr Khadka is a research fellow in the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA), South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Jyoti originally trained as an optometrist. He was awarded a PhD at Cardiff University in the UK, followed by a Post-doctoral fellowship at Flinders University in Australia.
Jyoti’s main areas of research interests and expertise are in patient-reported outcomes and the application of modern psychometric methods to develop, validate and implement quality of life assessment instruments.
Dr Azmeraw Amare
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER: Statistics
Azmeraw T. Amare is a Clinical Epidemiologist and data scientist with a research interest in healthy ageing, personalised medicine, and global public health. Currently, he is working at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) as a data analyst for the Healthy Ageing Research Consortium & Registry of Senior Australians’ (ROSA) projects.
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Dr Tiffany Gill
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER: Musculoskeletal Conditions
Dr Tiffany Gill is an Senior Research Fellow in the Adelaide Medical School at the University of Adelaide and a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) at SAHMRI.
Between 2011 and 2015 she was an NHMRC Early Career Fellow focusing on epidemiological issues and health system impacts (including costs) of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions (particularly osteoarthritis (OA), osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)) within Australia. She originally trained as a physiotherapist and then developed a research interest focusing on the epidemiology of musculoskeletal conditions.
Tiffany is passionate about addressing the impact of musculoskeletal conditions on the population and the translation of research findings to the population. She has been a long term member of the Board of Arthritis SA and Vice President since 2012. She has also mentored undergraduate and post-graduate students and early career researchers. Tiffany's research continues to aim to increase population awareness and the focus of policy makers on the epidemiological, health economics and population effects of musculoskeletal disorders in the population.
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Dr Janet Sluggett
NHMRC Early Career Fellow - Pharmacoepidemiology
Janet is a registered pharmacist with recent clinical experience in the acute care setting. Her research interests include quality use of medicines, pharmacoepidemiology, quality improvement, cognitive decline and aged care.
Janet was awarded her PhD in 2014. Her PhD research focused on the use of big data to monitor quality of care for people with transient ischaemic attack or stroke. Following her PhD, Janet undertook postdoctoral research at the Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, University of South Australia. In 2015, she received an Endeavour Research Fellowship to undertake pharmacoepidemiological research using the Kaiser Permanente National Implant Registries in San Diego, California.
More recently based at Monash University as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Janet contributes to the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre project to optimise quality use of medicines for people with cognitive and related functional decline. Janet joined the ROSA Research Team in early 2019.
Dr Max Moldovan
SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST
Max is a Senior Data Scientist for the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA), focusing on the analysis of large complex empirical datasets. The key objective behind these analyses is to extract functional information enabling targeted as well as system-wide interventions in order to improve quality of life for people who are close to entering, or have already entered, the Australian age care system.
Max obtained his PhD in computational statistics from the University of Melbourne in 2008, with his doctoral thesis dedicated to the design and implementation of novel exact inference procedures as applied to clinical trials.
Max's expertise is in using a combination of statistical learning, categorical data analysis and prediction modelling for extracting informative and functional patterns contained in empirical datasets.
Being a loyal, dedicated and enthusiastic team player, Max has a demonstrated ability of generating effective ‘outside-the-box’ solutions to a wide range of applied problems. In his view, technical expertise, natural intuition and the sense of practical relevance are the main ingredients for professional success.
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Dr Robert Jorissen
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER: STATISTICS
Dr Robert Jorissen is a postdoctoral researcher for the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) at SAHMRI and a research fellow in the College of Medicine & Public Health, Flinders University. His current work involves analysing ROSA registry data on people who are receiving aged care services (both in home and residential aged care) with respect to occurrences such as falls, fractures and medication use. Robert is passionate about applying data analysis and predictive analytics methodologies to questions whose answers may lead to improvement in patient and population health.
His previous training and experience include a PhD in bioinformatics (University of Melbourne) and a Master of Biostatistics (Monash University). He has previously applied his skills to areas such as molecular epidemiology for colorectal cancer, evaluation of cancer prognosis calculators, statistical and bioinformatics calculations for cancers such as melanoma and lymphoma, structure-activity analysis of lead compounds against HIV protease and protein structure modelling.
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Dr Gillian Caughey
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW
More information about Dr Caughey can be found HERE.
Dr Monica Cations
Monica Cations is an epidemiologist and provisional psychologist who has worked in the ageing and dementia field for over a decade. Her research is translational with a focus on dementia care pathways, young onset dementia, and the impact of psychological trauma in old age. Monica is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Registry of Senior Australians project at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). She is also completing a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of South Australia.
Ms Eliza Schioldann
Eliza Schioldann is a Research Assistant for the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) Project at SAHMRI. Eliza’s background is in a range of fields including Global Development and Public Health, and her interests include health promotion and disease prevention, improving health equity, and gender. She has over four years of diverse experience working for organisations including Birthing Kit Foundation Australia, the International Organization for Migration (the UN Migration Agency), and the Myanmar Snakebite Project.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of International Studies, a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Development Studies), and an Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health). She is currently completing a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine through James Cook University.
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