Our team

Nick Taylor

Professor of Allied Health

Nick Taylor (PhD) is Professor of Allied Health, a joint position between Eastern Health and La Trobe University. He leads the Allied Health Clinical Research Office at Eastern Health. Nick encourages clinicians to take on research projects, present, publish and to translate research to practice. His own research focuses on improving rehabilitation outcomes both in the way services are delivered and in investigating interventions that increase physical activity. He has expertise in the development and evaluation of exercise programs for people with health conditions, including fracture rehabilitation. Key projects include NHMRC-funded trials investigating the effects of an extra day of rehabilitation and reducing and the effects of an intervention to reduce waiting time in community and outpatient services.

Dr Katherine Harding

Allied Health Senior Research Fellow/AHCRO Manager

Katherine began her working life as an occupational therapist in acute inpatient and community settings, before completing a PhD in 2013 and shifting focus to pursue a career in health services research. As well as her role as Research Fellow, she manages the operations of the Allied Health Research Office, and shares responsibility for the provision of research training and support for allied health clinicians and promoting research activity. Katherine leads a range of projects within Eastern Health in the areas of triage and access systems for ambulatory services, improving outcomes for patients returning to the community after rehabilitation and promoting research culture in health services. Katherine is also an adjunct Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University and serves on the Executive Committee of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Judi Porter

Allied Health Senior Research Fellow

Judi holds a conjoint appointment as Senior Research Fellow in the Allied Health Clinical Research Office, and Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics & Food at Monash University. Her research interests include clinical nutrition and hospital food services, particularly in the elderly population. She is a co-supervisor of several doctoral students who are undertaking food service research in hospital and aged care, as well as food industry settings. At Eastern Health, Judi facilitates translational research projects across allied health, including supporting staff in the Stepping into Research program. Judi is the Editor for Nutrition & Dietetics, and Associate Editor for BMC Nutrition.

David Snowdon

PhD Student/Project Officer

David is a project officer working on the STAT model of Access and Triage. He is also in the final year of his PhD candidature, investigating the effectiveness of clinical supervision of allied health professionals. The aim of his PhD is to establish the effect of clinical supervision of allied health professionals on patient outcomes.

Annie Lewis

Masters by Research Student/Project Officer

Annie is a project officer working on the STAT model of Access and Triage. She is currently undertaking a Masters by Research investigating the outcomes of waiting for health services. Her interests lie in health service development particularly in the area of ambulatory care. Her background is in Occupational Therapy with experience in acute, sub-acute, community and educational settings

Anne Thompson

Project Officer

Anne works between the allied health research office as a project officer and the Transition Care Program as Clinical Co-ordinator. She has published a number of research papers in peer reviewed journals, including palliative care, interdisciplinary work and music therapy. As a project officer she has successfully managed clinical research trials at Eastern Health and is currently involved in a project investigating physical activity after hip fracture. She has also mentored participants in the Eastern Health Stepping into Research Program.

Lyndon Hawke

PhD Student

Lyndon is a physiotherapist with almost 20 years’ experience in community rehabilitation at Eastern Health. Lyndon has a special interest in research at the community/healthcare provision interface and is investigating methods of increasing physical activity levels after hip or knee joint replacement.

Jason Wallis

PhD Student

Jason is physiotherapist with a special interest in improving health outcomes for patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis. Jason works for the Osteoarthritis Hip and Knee Service (OAHKS) at Box Hill and Maroondah Hospitals aimed at improving access to high-value treatment such as physiotherapy and joint replacement surgery.

Jason is in his final year of his PhD aimed at improving physical activity levels and cardiovascular health for people with severe knee osteoarthritis.

Kylee Lockwood

PhD Student

Kylee is an occupational therapist in the final year of her PhD investigating the effectiveness of occupational therapy pre-discharge home visits in reducing falls and preventing readmissions in patients with hip fracture. Kylee has strong ties with Eastern Health as a former clinician and manager of occupational therapy, and currently works as a lecturer at La Trobe University.

Amy Dennett

PhD Student

Amy is a physiotherapist in the final year of her PhD aimed at improving physical activity levels of people attending oncology rehabilitation. Amy also works in the oncology rehabilitation program at Wantirna health and is passionate about translating research into practice to improve access to and outcomes in cancer rehabilitation.

Kellie Emmerson

PhD Student

Kellie is an occupational therapist with a special interest in neurological rehabilitation and the use of technology as rehabilitation tools.

Her PhD research explores the use of smart technology for home exercise programs in relation to patient outcomes, satisfaction, and cost efficiency.

Kate Lawler

PhD Student

Kate Lawler is a grade 4 physiotherapist working in Aged & Complex Care across Eastern Health. Her thesis is exploring how we can improve access to physiotherapy for older people receiving Transition Care, by training families to assist.