College staff

Find contact details for staff in the College of Health & Biomedicine.

The College also includes Psychology and Social Work (formerly in the College of Arts).

College leadership

Professor Karen Dodd
Vice President, Health, Sport & Active Living
Dean, College of Health & Biomedicine
+61 3 9919 2342
email: karen.dodd@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Alan Hayes
Assistant Dean, Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE)
+61 3 9919 4658
email: alan.hayes@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Patrick McLaughlin
Director of Learning & Teaching
+61 3 9919 1131
email: patrick.mclaughlin@vu.edu.au

Office of the Dean

Patrick Lambert
College Manager
+61 3 9919 4542
email: patrick.lambert@vu.edu.au
Su Brand
Executive Assistant to the Dean
+61 3 9919 2195
email: su.brand@vu.edu.au
Mirjana Drvoderic
Senior Administrative Officer
+61 3 9919 7568
email: mirjana.drvoderic@vu.edu.au
Patricia McQueen
Senior Administrative Officer
+61 3 9919 2004
email: patricia.mcqueen@vu.edu.au
Jo Xuereb
Administrative Officer
+61 3 9919 2226
email: jo.xuereb@vu.edu.au

Course & unit administrators

Chantal Boorman
St Albans campus
email: cua.cohb@vu.edu.au
Dominic Angelone
St Albans campus
email: cua.cohb@vu.edu.au
Natasha Dzuteska
Footscray Park Campus
email: cua.cohb@vu.edu.au
Marina Osman
City Flinders Lane/City Queen Campus
email: cua.cohb@vu.edu.au

Clinical learning office

Sarah Portelli
Clinical Placement Manager
+61 3 9919 2377
email: clinical.learning@vu.edu.au
Yesim Ali
Accreditation
+61 3 9919 9445
email: yesim.ali@vu.edu.au
Rosa Corrente
Clinical Placement Officer
+61 3 9919 2708
email: paramedic.placements@vu.edu.au
Simran Gill
Clinical Placement Officer
+61 3 9919 2708
email: paramedic.placements@vu.edu.au
Marie Fisicaro
Administrator, Clinical Placements
+61 3 9919 2306
email: marie.fisicaro@vu.edu.au
Gabriel Palacios
Clinical Placement Officer
+61 3 9919 2708
email: clinical.learning@vu.edu.au
Siobhan Warhurst
Clinical Placement Officer
+61 3 9919 2708
email: clinical.learning@vu.edu.au

Clinics

Nathan Pace
Clinic Administrator
+61 3 9919 1039
email: nathan.pace@vu.edu.au
Alex Radywonik
Clinical Coordinator
+61 3 9919 2516
email: alex.radywonik@vu.edu.au
Leanne Stocco
Clinic Project Officer
+61 3 9919 8257
email: leanne.stocco@vu.edu.au

Allied health

Program Head: Dr Catherine Kamphuis | +61 3 9919 2616 | catherine.kamphuis@vu.edu.au

Paramedicine

John Cowell
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2341
email: john.cowell@vu.edu.au
David Dawson
Course Chair, Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (Conversion degree)
+61 3 9919 2793
email: david.dawson@vu.edu.au
Rebecca Houli
Lecturer
Course Chair, Clinical
+613 9919 2450
email: rebecca.houli@vu.edu.au
Dr Catherine Kamphuis
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2616
email: catherine.kamphuis@vu.edu.au
Jacqueline LeBusque
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2251
email: jacqueline.lebusque@vu.edu.au
Meagan McInnes
Lecturer
First Year College
+61 3 9919 2170
email: meagan.mcinnes@vu.edu.au
Michael Moldoveanu
Academic Teaching Scholar
First Year College
+613 9919 2139
email: michael.moldoveanu@vu.edu.au
Adam Pilmore
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2616
email: adam.pilmore@vu.edu.au

Associate Professor Gavin Smith
Course chair, Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)

+61 3 9919 4718
email: gavin.smith@vu.edu.au
Natasha Walta
Lecturer
First Year College
+61 3 9919 2946
email: natasha.walta@vu.edu.au

Public health

Professor Maximilian de Courten
Unit Convenor
+61399192208
email: maxilian.decourten@vu.edu.au
Irene Lemish
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2246
email: irene.lemish@vu.edu.au
Dianne Stevens
Course Chair & Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2929
email: dianne.stevens@vu.edu.au

Social work

Lesley Ervin
Field Education Coordinator
lesley.ervin@vu.edu.au
Haidee Hicks
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 5780
email: haidee.hicks@vu.edu.au
Shelley Hewson
Academic Teaching Scholar
+61 3 9919 8599
email: shelley.hewson@vu.edu.au
Dr Lisa Hodge
Lecturer
Course Chair: Bachelor of Social Work, and Social Work (Honours)
+61 3 9919 5751
email: lisa.hodge@vu.edu.au
Dr Tina Kostecki
Academic Lead in Field Education
Lecturer
+613 9919 5969
email: tina.kostecki@vu.edu.au
Jody Laughton
Field Work Education Coordinator
+61 3 9919 4970
email: jody.laughton@vu.edu.au
Louise Last
Academic Teaching Scholar
First Year College
+613 9919 5810
email: louise.last@vu.edu.au
Ebony Sharp
Academic Teaching Scholar
+61 3 9919 5963
email: ebony.sharp@vu.edu.au
Andrea Szendroe
Academic Teaching Scholar
First Year College
email: andrea.szendroe@vu.edu.au
Dr Doris Testa
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 5010
email: doris.testa@vu.edu.au
Dr Annie Venville
Associate Professor and Head of Social Work
+61 3 9919 4571
email: annie.venville@vu.edu.au

Clinical services

Program Head: Professor Jenny Sharples | +61 3 9919 4448 | jenny.sharples@vu.edu.au

Dermal science

Jennifer Byrne
Lecturer
+61 3 9602 4278
email: jennifer.byrne@vu.edu.au
Claire Coulstock
Academic Teaching Scholar
+61 3 9919 1368
email: claire.coulstock@vu.edu.au
Vera Koslova-Fu
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 1836
email: vera.koslova-fu@vu.edu.au
Catherine Mallia
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 1879
email: catherine.mallia@vu.edu.au
Stephanie Permal
Academic Teaching Scholar
+61 3 9919 1870
email: stephanie.permal@vu.edu.au
Frank Perri
Senior Lecturer
Course Chair: Bachelor of Dermal Sciences
+61 3 9919 7912
email: frank.perri@vu.edu.au
Samantha Reeve
Academic Teaching Scholar
+61 3 9919 1806
email: samantha.reeve@vu.edu.au
Claire Simpson
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 1828
email: claire.simpson@vu.edu.au

Osteopathic medicine

Dr Kate Blackmore
Clinical coordinator
+61 3 9919 1276
email: kate.blackmore@vu.edu.au
Eressea Cross
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 1509
email: eressea.cross@vu.edu.au
Tracy Denning
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 1158
email: tracy.denning@vu.edu.au
Dr Kylie Fitzgerald
Lecturer
Course Chair Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy)
+61 3 9919 1043
email: kylie.fitzgerald@vu.edu.au
Michael Fleischmann
Academic Teaching Scholar
+61 3 9919 1198
email: michael.fleischmann@vu.edu.au

Associate Professor Gary Fryer
Course Chair, Master of Health Sciences (Osteopathy)

+61 3 9919 1065
email: gary.fryer@vu.edu.au
Dr Edwina Gotz
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 1149
email: edwina.gotz@vu.edu.au
Navine Haworth
Clinical Coordinator
+61 9919 1329
email: navine.haworth@vu.edu.au
Melanie Hunt
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 4038
email: melanie.hunt@vu.edu.au
Dr Jim Kiatos
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 1191
email: jim.kiatos@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Patrick McLaughlin
Deputy Program Head, Clinical Services
+61 3 9919 1131
email: patrick.mclaughlin@vu.edu.au
Dr Jane Mulcahy
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 1140
email: jane.mulcahy@vu.edu.au
Douglas Wong
Lecturer and Course Chair, Master of Health Science
+61 3 9919 1294
email: douglas.wong@vu.edu.au

Psychology

Dr Michelle Ball
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2536
email: michelle.ball@vu.edu.au
Jessica Burlak
Academic Teaching Scholar, First Year College
+61 3 9919 5890
email: jessica.burlak@vu.edu.au
Dr Laurie Chapin
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2355
email: laurie.chapin@vu.edu.au
Kara Dadswell
Academic Teaching Scholar, First Year College
+61 3 9919 5807
email: kara.dadswell@vu.edu.au
Dr Carolyn Deans
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2334
email: carolyn.deans@vu.edu.au
Dr Sally-Ann Free
Placement Officer
+61 3 9919 4096
email: sally-ann.free@vu.edu.au
Dr Peter Gill
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 5641
email: peter.gill@vu.edu.au
Dr Glen Hosking
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2266
email: glen.hosking@vu.edu.au
Dr Warwick Hosking
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2620
email: warwick.hosking@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Gavin Ivey
 
+61 3 9919 2138
email: gavin.ivey@vu.edu.au
Andrew Jago
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 5225
email: andrew.jago@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Wally Karnilowicz
Honorary Professor
email: wally.karnilowicz@vu.edu.au
Kate Kelly
Academic Teaching Scholar, First Year College
+61 3 9919 5888
email: kate.kelly@vu.edu.au
Dr Siân McLean
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 5867
email: sian.mclean@vu.edu.au
Dr Robyn Moffitt
Lecturer
email: robyn.moffitt@vu.edu.au
Dr Romana Morda
Senior Lecturer
Course Coordinator
+61 3 9919 5223
email: romana.morda@vu.edu.au
Monika Naslund
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 8739
email: monika.naslund@vu.edu.au
Dianne Niemczyk
Clinic Reception
+61 3 9919 2349
email: dianne.niemczyk@vu.edu.au
Dr Keis Ohtsuka
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 5098
email: keis.ohtsuka@vu.edu.au
Sue Oliver
Field Education Coordinator
+61 3 9919 2221
email: sue.oliver@vu.edu.au
Dr Bert Oraison
Lecturer Psychology, First Year College
+61 3 9919 5172
email: bert.oraison@vu.edu.au
Professor Alexandra Parker
Professorial Research Fellow, Institute for Health & Sport (IHES)
+61 3 9919 5874
email: alexandra.parker@vu.edu.au
Dr Alexia Pavlis
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2559
email: alexia.pavlis@vu.edu.au
Dr Amy Quayle
Academic Teaching Scholar, First Year College
+61 3 9919 5892
email: amy.quayle@vu.edu.au
Professor Jenny Sharples
Head of Psychology
Program Head, Clinical Services
+61 3 9919 4448
email: jenny.sharples@vu.edu.au
Dr Kim Shearson
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2784
email: kim.shearson@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Christopher Sonn +61 3 9919 5226
email: christopher.sonn@vu.edu.au
Dr Emra Suleyman
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2397
email: emra.suleyman@vu.edu.au
Dr Julie Van Den Eynde
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 5221
email: julie.vandeneynde@vu.edu.au

Medical Sciences

Program Head: Professor Andrew McAinch | +61 3 9919 2019 | andrew.mcainch@vu.edu.au

Biomedicine

Dr Ronnie Blazev
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 4594
email: ronnie.blazev@vu.edu.au
Paul Conroy
Academic Teaching Scholar
+61 3 9919 7024
email: paul.conroy@vu.edu.au
Dr Craig A. Goodman
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 8395 8229
email: craig.goodman@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Alan Hayes
Assistant Dean,Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE)
Course Chair Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Nutrition & Food Sciences) / (Biomedical Sciences)
+61 3 8395 8227
+61 3 9919 4658
email: alan.hayes@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Kulmira Nurgali
Lecturer
+61 3 8395 8223
email: kulmira.nurgali@vu.edu.au
Dr Emma Rybalka
Lecturer
+61 3 8395 8226
email: emma.rybalka@vu.edu.au
Dr Samy Sakkal
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2641
email: samy.sakkal@vu.edu.au
Mr Philip Seymour
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2579
email: phil.seymour@vu.edu.au
Dr Puspha Sinnayah
Senior Lecturer, First Year College
+61 3 9919 2262
email: puspha.sinnayah@vu.edu.au
Dr Christos Stathis
Bachelor of Biomedical & Exercise Science (HBES) and Bachelor of Biomedicine (HBBM)
+61 3 9919 4293
+61 3 9919 2828
email: christos.stathis@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Xiao Su
Deputy Head of Program, Medical Sciences Course Chair, Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (HBBS)
+61 3 9919 2318
email: xiao.su@vu.edu.au
Dr Kathy Tangalakis
Associate Professor, First Year College
+61 3 9919 2618
email: kathy.tangalakis@vu.edu.au
Dr Elizabeth Verghese
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2557
email: elizabeth.verghese@vu.edu.au
Dr Xu (Sean) Yan
Lecturer, Course Chair, Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (HBBS)
+61 3 9919 4024
email: sean.yan@vu.edu.au
Dr Anthony Zulli
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2768
email: anthony.zulli@vu.edu.au

Food, nutrition & dietetics

Osaana Donkor
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 8059
email: osaana.donkor@vu.edu.au
Professor Andrew McAinch
Program Head, Medical Sciences & Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2019
email: andrew.mcainch@vu.edu.au
Dr Helen McCarthy
Course Chair, Bachelor of Applied Science
+61 3 9919 2390
email: helen.mccarthy1@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Michael Mathai
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2211
email: michael.mathai@vu.edu.au
Professor Todor Vasiljevic
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 8062
email: todor.vasiljevic@vu.edu.au

Nursing & midwifery

Program Head: Professor Sharon Andrew | +61 3 9919 2090 | sharon.andrew@vu.edu.au

Nursing & midwifery dual degree

Professor Mary Carolan
Professor
+61 3 9919 2585
email: mary.carolan@vu.edu.au
Karina Ireland
Course Chair, Bachelor of Midwifery & Bachelor of Nursing, dual degree
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2104
email: karina.ireland@vu.edu.au
Dr Gina Kruger
Senior Lecturer/Unit Convenor Undergraduate Midwifery
+61 3 9919 2697
email: gina.kruger@vu.edu.au
Sharon Mumford
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2497
email: sharon.mumford@vu.edu.au

Nursing

Dr Gayelene Boardman
Course Chair, Bachelor of Nursing
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2396
email: gayelene.boardman@vu.edu.au
Leah Bradley
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2100 
email: leah.bradley@vu.edu.au
Jo Finn
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2164
email: joanne.finn@vu.edu.au
Jillian Goullet
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2348
email: jillian.williams@vu.edu.au
Dorota Frankowska
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2820
email: dorota.frankowska@vu.edu.au
Dr Liza Heslop +61 3 9919 2252
+61 3 8395 8142
email: liza.heslop@vu.edu.au
Dr Susan Kidd
Senior Lecturer (Acute Care)
+61 3 9919 2230
email: susan.kidd@vu.edu.au
Dr Lucy Lu
Senior Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2495
email: l.lu@vu.edu.au
Professor Terence McCann
Professor
+61 3 9919 2325
email: terence.mccann@vu.edu.au
Susan Philip
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2201
email: susan.philip@vu.edu.au
Jo-Anne Rihs
Lecturer
+61 3 9919 2541
email: jo-anne.rihs@vu.edu.au

Research

Centre for Chronic Disease

Director: Professor Maximilian de Courten | +61 3 8395 8141 | maximilian.decourten@vu.edu.au

Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos +61 3 9919 2025
email: vasso.apostolopoulos@vu.edu.au
Dr Angela Fones
Project Coordinator - Research
+61 3 9919 9277
email: angela.fones@vu.edu.au
Dr Sarah Fraser
Research Officer
sarah.fraser@vu.edu.au

Postdoctoral appointments

Dr Giovanni Zurzolo
Postdoctoral Research Officer
giovanni.zurzolo@vu.edu.au
Dr Muditha Dissanayake
Research Officer
muditha.dissanayake@vu.edu.au

Emeritus, honorary, adjunct & visiting appointments

Dr Jocelyn Angus
Honorary Associate Professor
jocelyn.angus@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor John Ashton
Adjunct Professor
john.ashton@vu.edu.au
Professor Gregory Blatch
Honorary Professor
gregory.blatch@vu.edu.au
Professor Dorothy Bruck
Emeritus Professor
dorothy.bruck@vu.edu.au
Harry Bryce
Adjunct Fellow
harry.bryce@vu.edu.au
Dr Patricia Burton
Honorary Fellow
trish.burton@vu.edu.au
Dr Henry Butt
Adjunct Associate Professor
henry.butt@vu.edu.au
Dr Katharine Cantwell
Adjunct Associate Professor
katharine.cantwell@vu.edu.au
Dr Matt Cooke
Honorary Fellow
matt.cooke@vu.edu.au
Dr Crispin Dass
Adjunct Professor
crispin.dass@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Kerry Dickson
Adjunct Associate Professor
kerry.dickson@vu.edu.au
Dr Maria Duggan
Adjunct Associate Professor
maria.duggan1@vu.edu.au
Dr Ruth Dunkin
Adjunct Professor
ruth.dunkin@vu.edu.au
Caroline Fitzwarryne
Adjunct Associate Professor
caroline.fitzwarryne@vu.edu.au
Professor Adrian Fisher
Emeritus Professor
adrian.fisher@vu.edu.au
Professor Roger Gabb
Emeritus Professor
roger.gabb@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Sandra Grace
Visiting Professor
asprsandra.grace@vu.edu.au
Dr Anne Graham
Honorary Fellow
anne.graham@vu.edu.au
Heather Gridley
Honorary Fellow
heather.gridley@vu.edu.au
Dr Karen Hallam
Honorary Fellow
karen.hallam@vu.edu.au
Professor Thom Huppertz
Adjunct Professor
thom.huppertz@vu.edu.au
Dr Paul Jennings
Adjunct Professor
pa.jennings@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Debra Kerr
Adjunct Associate Professor
deb.kerr@vu.edu.au
Varsha Lal
Honorary Fellow
varsha.lal@vu.edu.au
Professor Ioannis Matsoukas
Adjunct Professor
ioannis.matsoukas@vu.edu.au
Professor Geoffrey Mccoll
Adjunct Professor
geoffrey.mccoll@vu.edu.au
Dr Lynne Millar
Adjunct Fellow
lynne.millar@vu.edu.au
Dr Keri Moore
Visiting Fellow
 
Professor Carolyn Noble
Emeritus Professor
carolyn.noble@vu.edu.au
Dr Daniel Ooi
Honorary Fellow
+61 3 9919 2200
email: daniel.ooi@vu.edu.au
Professor Geoff Pietersz
Adjunct Professor
geoff.pietersz@vu.edu.au
Dr Ahmed Rahman
Honorary Fellow
ahmed.rahman@vu.edu.au
Professor Linda Rosenman
Adjunct Professor
linda.rosenman@vu.edu.au
Dr Deanne Skelly
Honorary Fellow
deanne.skelly@vu.edu.au
Professor Lily Stojanovska
Emeritus Professor
lily.stojanovska@vu.edu.au
Wayne Street
Adjunct Professor
wayne.street@vu.edu.au
Philip Tehan
Adjunct Associate Professor
philip.tehan@vu.edu.au
Dr Oliver Thomson
Visiting Fellow
oliver.thomson@vu.edu.au
Steve Vogel
Visiting Associate Professor
steven.vogel@vu.edu.au
Associate Professor Tony Walker
Adjunct Associate Professor
tony.walker@vu.edu.au
Dr Guoqin Xu
Visiting Fellow
 
Professor Paul Zimmet
Adjunct Professor
paul.zimmet@vu.edu.au
Maryam Zoghi
Visiting Fellow
maryam.zoghi@vu.edu.au

Technical services

Danijela Bonfiglio
Technician
+61 3 9919 2381
email: danijela.bonfiglio@vu.edu.au
Jing Cao
Technician
email: jing.cao@vu.edu.au
Jeanette Hirst
Technical Manager
+61 3 9919 2033
email: jeanette.hirst@vu.edu.au
Anthony La Terra
Laboratory Technician
+61 3 9919 9294
email: anthony.laterra@vu.edu.au
Lillian Nobile
Senior Technical Officer
+61 3 9919 2488
email: lillian.nobile@vu.edu.au
Nikola Popovik
Technical manager
+61 3 9919 2215
email: nikola.popovik@vu.edu.au
Sal Salanitri
Technical Officer
+61 3 9919 2275
email: sal.salanitri@vu.edu.au
Zheng Tao
Technician
+61 3 9919 2281
email: zheng.tao@vu.edu.au
Viki Veljanovski
Technical Manager
+61 3 9919 1253 
email: viki.veljanovski@vu.edu.au
Senani Weerasinghe
Technician
+61 3 9919 2281
email: senani.weerasinghe@vu.edu.au
Min Zhang
Technician
+61 3 9919 2598
email: min.zhang@vu.edu.au