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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

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Our People

 

Anna Ralph

Professor Anna Ralph
Senior Clinical Advisor

 Biography and Qualifications

BIOGRAPHY

Professor Anna Ralph is the Co-director of RHDAustralia and Director of Global and Tropical Health at Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. She is a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow and a practicing medical specialist in General Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Royal Darwin Hospital. 

Her research fields include rheumatic fever / rheumatic heart disease in Australian Indigenous populations, tuberculosis control especially in neighbouring South-East Asian settings, and improving inter-cultural communication between healthcare providers and clients. She supervises masters and PhD students, post doctoral researchers, and Infectious Diseases Advanced Trainees. 

QUALIFICATIONS

PhD, Australian National University, 2010
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2005
Diploma of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, 2002
Master of Public Health, University of Sydney, 1999
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Honours Class 1, University of New South Wales, 1996
Medical Science Honours Class 1, Australian National University, 1993
Bachelor of Medical Science, University of Tasmania, 1992.

E: anna.ralph@menzies.edu.au

Maddison Sims
Project Coordinator

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Global Health 
Bachelor of Health and Medical Science (Advanced) 
Diploma of Languages (French)

 

E: maddison.sims@menzies.edu.au

Sara Noonan
Technical Advisor

 Biography and Qualifications

BIOGRAPHY

Sara re-joined RHDAustralia in her role as Technical Advisor in 2018.

Sara has a strong background in RHD starting in 1997, when she established the inaugural RHD control program in Darwin with a small team; and subsequently supported development of RHD control programs across Australia under the National Rheumatic Fever Strategy. She coordinated review of national Australian RHD guidelines editions published in 2012 and 2020.

Internationally, Sara has worked with the World Heart Federation to directly support RHD control program development in seven Pacific Island countries and indirect support to several other countries. She has been involved with a variety of research projects including surveillance for rheumatic fever, school-based echocardiographic screening, diabetes, and health systems and quality improvement research. Her Masters thesis focused on trialling a model of continuous quality improvement in health settings in Fiji.

Sara also has qualifications and experience in asthma education and immunisation, and has worked in the areas of tuberculosis surveillance and school health. Sara maintains her nursing practice at her base in South Australia.

QUALIFICATIONS

Registered Nursing Diploma, 1987
Bachelor of Nursing, 2004
Master of Health Science (Research), 2014

E: sara.noonan@menzies.edu.au

Professor Bart Currie
Physician

 Biography and Qualifications

BIOGRAPHY

Prof Currie’s passion is in coordinating links between clinicians, public health colleagues and other service providers, laboratory scientists and community.

Initially head of the early Menzies School of Health Research Clinical Division and then Interim Director of Menzies from August 2005 to March 2006, Professor Currie now leads the Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases team within the Global and Tropical Health Division. He is also Director of Infectious Diseases at the Royal Darwin Hospital, Professor in Medicine at the Northern Territory Medical Program, Flinders University, Adjunct Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University and Adjunct Professor at James Cook University. 

He is the former Director of RHDAustralia and currently Director of the HOT NORTH program based at Menzies. He was appointed to the Technical Reference Group for the Australian Government’s new Regional Health Security Initiative in July 2017.

His collaborations across Central and Northern Australia and with clinical and scientific colleagues elsewhere in Australia and overseas have resulted in over 580 peer-reviewed publications.

Prof Currie has peer reviewed grants for the NHMRC since the 1990s and has peer reviewed for 52 journals, including The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine and a range of PLoS and BMC open access journals. He has supervised 18 successfully completed PhDs and seven Master by Research students.

QUALIFICATIONS

Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1990
Fellow,
 Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1985
Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 1985
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Melbourne, 1978

E: bart.currie@menzies.edu.au

Last Updated 
02 November 2022
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