Our people are linked by a common conviction in delivering better health outcomes. IIMPACT in Health has identified several challenges that we think are particularly well suited to our ‘discovery to care’ approach, and our expertise and training as allied health professionals. Those Big Challenges in Health include persistent pain, persistent breathlessness, stroke recovery and healthier kids and adolescents. Each of these areas also contribute to our final challenge - the rural-metro health divide. Together with UniSA’s Department of Rural Health, we are combining skills and expertise to optimise our impact on each of these Big Challenges. 

Our Challenge Leaders are Professor Susan Hillier (stroke recovery), Professor Marie Williams (breathlessness), Dr Margarita Tsiros (kids and adolescents), Professor Lorimer Moseley AO (pain) and Prof Esther May (rural-metro divide).

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    Persistent Breathlessness Challenge Leader

    Marie Williams doesn’t think that breathlessness is something you just have to put up with as you get older. She leads the Persistent Breathlessness theme within IIMPACT focused on this common troublesome sensation and the possibilities for living life unlimited by breathlessness.

    Research Fellow

    • Dr Hayley Lewthwaite - Exertional breathlessness (Adjunct, Clinical Exercise and Respiratory Physiology Laboratory, McGill University, Montreal)
    • Mrs Mary Young – Breathlessness service implementation (Adjunct Senior Clinical Fellow,  Respiratory Nurse Practitioner, Department of Thoracic Medicine, Heart & Lung Service, CALHN)


    Academic Staff


    Professional Staff


    Postgraduate Students

    • Elisio Pereira Neto
    • Maria Chilvers
    • Laura Cooper
    • Daniel Johnson
    • Catherine Pendergrast
    • Emma Edwards
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    Persistent Pain Challenge Leader

    Lorimer is fascinated by protective feelings. Most of his work has focussed on pain and other bodily feelings that go with it. He leads the Persistent Pain theme within IIMPACT, through the internationally renowned Body in Mind Research Group, which just celebrated 10 years of investigating the role of the brain and mind in persistent pain.

    Senior Researchers


    Research Fellows


    Academic Staff

    • Dr Mark Catley - Allied Health & Human Performance Pain Education Lead
    • Jeannie Burnett - Allied Health & Human Performance Pain Education Programs 


    Professional Staff


    Postgraduate Students

    • Angie Clerc-Hawke
    • Ashley Grant
    • Erica Wilkinson
    • Brendan Mouatt
    • Carlie Altmann
    • Caitlin Howlett
    • James Wiltshire
    • Erin MacIntyre
    • Michael Henry
    • Amelia Mardon
    • Caroline Taylor
    • Johanna Paddick
    • Brian Pulling
    • David Visockis
    • Hayley Leake
    • Anna Vogelzang
    • Emily Moore
    • Katelyn Henry
    • Ashraf Gerges
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    Rural Health Challenge Leader

    If you live outside a metropolitan centre, as one third of Australians do across our vast brown land, your health is likely to be poorer than that of a city dweller. The Rural Health Research Team members within IIMPACT are focussed on addressing this inequity through creating understanding of, and finding solutions to, health access, quality care and consumer experience.

    Senior Research Fellows


    Research Fellows


    Academic Staff


    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

    • Dr Priya Martin – Rural Wellbeing and Workforce Development (based in Toowoomba


    Professional Staff


    Postgraduate Students

    • Mrs Deryn Thompson
    • Sandra Lucas
    • Yasamin Veziari
    • Paul Cardle
    • Kylie Dankiw
    • Nicole Miller
    • Kate Kameniar
    • Robert Laidlaw
    • Yu Ting Sim
    • Gloria Lockyer-Kays
    • Jovana Urukalo
    • Veronica Tziavrangos
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    Stroke Recovery Challenge Leader

    Susan Hillier has worked with the most inspiring people recovering from stroke. How does someone learn to navigate a new life with a brain that does not perceive, think or issues orders like it used to? This question leads to so many more... and that is what gets us out of bed in the morning at IIMPACT.

    Senior researchers

    • Dr Brenton Hordacre – Lead for neuroplasticity and mechanisms of recovery after stroke; use of TMS and TDCS in recovery


    Research Fellow

    • Dr Julie Luker – Qualitative researcher, investigating the experiences of stroke and recovery for people and their support networks


    Academic Staff


    Professional Staff


    Postgraduate Students

    • Emily Rosenich
    • Innes Serrada
    • Elle Welsby
    • Christopher Innes-Wong
    • Joanne Bouckley
    • Sujatha Raj
    • Lindy Williams
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    Child Health Challenge Leader

    Margarita has spent over 20 years in child health, working as a clinician, educator and researcher. While her research covers a range of topics, she mostly focusses on overweight and obesity, helping kids to move well and move more. She leads the Child Health Theme at IIMPACT, exploring ways to help children with developmental or health challenges thrive.

    Research Fellows

    • Dr Sarah Wallwork - persistent pain, 'everyday' pain and injury, and pain education in children


    Academic Staff

    • Dr Ann Kennedy-Behr - capacity-building in caregivers, play and playfulness, developmental coordination disorder, measurement tools
    • Dr Emily Ward - developmental coordination disorder, orthopaedic conditions, movement difficulties in children of all ages, measurement tools
    • Dr Sophie Lefmann - Robotic technologies in children’s rehabilitation, neurodevelopmental conditions, family-centred care approaches, qualitative research
    • Professor Susan Hillier - children of all ages with movement challenges
    • Dr Helen Banwell - children’s foot posture and lower limb assessment measures


    Professional Staff


    Postgraduate Students

    • Kylie Dankiw

       

    • Elle Welsby