We work with some of Victoria’s leading clinicians, researchers and changemakers.

Program team


Professor Clara Gaff

Executive Director

Clara is a nationally renowned change leader, who’s guided Melbourne Genomics since its inception.

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Naomi Burke

Chief Operating Officer

Naomi has led the design and delivery of complex health, ICT and commercialisation programs.

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Dr Melissa Martyn

Evaluation Manager

A highly experienced researcher, Melissa designs innovative methods to evaluate genomics programs.

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Dr Amy Nisselle

Lead, Genomics Workforce

Amy is a sought-after science communicator, researcher and project manager with a doctorate in multimedia genetics education.

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Dr Natalie Thorne

Lead, Genomic Information Management

Natalie builds systems that enable complex data to inform clinical practice.

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A/Prof Claire Harris

Senior Health Implementation Specialist

Claire has initiated, designed and delivered award-winning innovations in a range of settings including general practice, hospitals, community health and the NDIS.

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Zayne D'Crus

Communications and Engagement Manager

Zayne specialises in strategic communications, brand identity and copywriting. His role is to get new audiences excited about genomics.

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David Cloake

PMO Manager

Coming from a commercial background, David has over 30 years of program management experience.

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Michelle Kleynhans

Business Development Manager

Michelle specialises in new ventures and health technology commercialisation. Her role is to fast-track new technologies towards market and patient impact.

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Chriselle Hickerton

Community Engagement Coordinator

Chriselle works with the Community Advisory Group and the program team to help enable the community voice to advise, participate in and inform projects conducted by Melbourne Genomics.

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Amelia Rahardja

Communications Coordinator

Amelia works with the team and the member organisations to create cut-through content on the value of genomics.

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Rigan Tytherleigh

Research and Program Evaluation Data Manager

Rigan designs data collection systems and manages data for the evaluation of Melbourne Genomics’ projects.

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Irene Dinatale

Project Officer

Irene manages Melbourne Genomics' clinical projects, working to place genomics in practice.

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Matt Nielsen

Digital Program Manager

A medical lab scientist specialised in clinical information systems.

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Keeley Reade

Senior Project Manager

Keeley is passionate about solving problems in digital health and manages digital projects for the Alliance.

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Kitty O'Brien

Technical Business Analyst

Kitty engages stakeholders to ensure GenoVic provides the most value for its users.

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Dr Tim Hastings

Development Team Lead

Tim is an experienced software engineer leading the further development of GenoVic.

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Vicki Crowley

Project Coordinator

Vicki works with the team to coordinate all projects within the Genomic Information Management stream.

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Lauren Eldershaw

Bioinformatician/Software Developer

Lauren is involved in the design and development of various systems in GenoVic and specialises in the analysis of genomic data.

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Community Advisory Group


Kellie-Ann Jolly

Chair, Community Advisory Group

Kellie-Ann has over 30 years’ experience as a leader in public health and health promotion.

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Louisa Di Pietro

Member

Louisa has orchestrated the success of the Genetic Support Network of Victoria for several years.

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Heather Renton

Member

Founder and President of Syndromes Without a Name (SWAN) – an advocacy group for families with undiagnosed children.

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Margaret Sahhar AM

Member

Margaret’s distinguished career spans more than 40 years at the forefront of genetic counselling and patient support.

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Dr Janney Wale

Member

Consumer editor at The Cochrane Collaboration and a health consumer voice both locally and nationally.

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Christine Walker

Member

Board member of the Consumer's Health Forum, a member of the Medical Services Advisory Committee Evaluation Subcommittee and a practising sociologist.

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Spase Veljanovski

Member

Spase has a strong interest in social justice and has over 20 years’ experience in improving marginalised communities’ access to health and community services.

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Stacey Ong

Member

Stacey is an experienced management consultant with over 15 years’ experience in both private, public and community sectors.

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Our Board


Catherine Walter AM

Board Chair

A lawyer and a company director, Catherine is Chair of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Board.

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Dr Dan Grant

Board Member

Independent Director

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Prof Christine Kilpatrick

Board Member

Chief Executive of the Royal Melbourne Hospital

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Bernadette McDonald

Board Member

CEO of The Royal Children's Hospital

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Prof Mike McGuckin

Board Member

Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne

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Professor Doug Hilton

Board Member

Institute Director at WEHI

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Prof Kathryn North AC

Board Member

Director, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

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Prof Lynne Cobiac

Board Member

Acting Director of the Health and Biosecurity Business Unit at CSIRO

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Dr Joe Baini

Board Member

CEO of the Australian Genome Research Facility

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Prof Shelley Dolan

Board Member

CEO of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

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Adam Horsburgh

Board Member

CEO of Austin Health

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Andrew Stripp

Board Member

Chief Executive at Monash Health

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Our experts


Dr Kortnye Smith

Medical Oncologist

Dr Kortnye Smith is a medical oncologist involved in Melbourne Genomics’ state-wide cancer project.

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Dr Norelle Sherry

Infectious Diseases Physician & Clinical Microbiologist

Dr Norelle Sherry is an infectious diseases physician and clinical microbiologist at Austin Health and a clinician-researcher at the University of Melbourne. She is working on the Melbourne Genomics Controlling Superbugs project.

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Dr Kushani Jayasinghe

Nephrologist

Dr Kushani Jayasinghe is a consultant nephrologist who is leading one of our Clinical Change Projects.

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Dr Aamira Huq

Clinical Geneticist

Dr Aamira Huq is a consultant clinical geneticist who is leading one of our Clinical Change Projects.

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Prof Paul James

Clinical Geneticist

Prof Paul James is a clinical geneticist who is leading one of our Clinical Change Projects.

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