Prof Gregory Peterson, Co-Director
As Professor of Pharmacy and Associate Dean Research at the University of Tasmania, Greg held a personal Chair in Pharmacy at the University of Tasmania since 2000, awarded on the basis of his research and teaching excellence. Greg has led many state and national projects directed at improving the use of medications and patient outcomes in both community and hospital sectors. His research interests centre on improving the use of medicines (optimising the safety and cost-effectiveness of medication usage) and he has led many community and hospital projects directed at improving the use of medications and patient outcomes.
Greg has an international standing and record of accomplishment in the area of programs to promote the safe, rational and cost-effective use of medications. He has more than 150 research papers published in refereed international and national journals, plus more than 150 professional publications, and has been an editor/chapter contributor for 10 books. His research has received over $15M of external funds.
He is Co-Editor of one leading international pharmacy journal (Blackwell-Wiley's Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics), and member of the Editorial Board for one other leading international journal (Annals of Pharmacotherapy). He is Adjunct Professor, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, India and External Examiner to International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Greg is a practicing pharmacist, accredited consultant pharmacist, and has owned a large rural community pharmacy. In 2007 he was awarded the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's highest honour – the Australian Pharmacist of the Year.
To contact Greg please email G.Peterson@utas.edu.au.
Dr Jim Stankovich, Statistician
Before joining HSI Tas, Jim worked for 13 years as a statistician on human genetics research projects at the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Melbourne).
For five years he was a member of the Tasmanian Scientific Research Advisory Committee, which reviews applications before they are considered by the Tasmanian Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee.
To contact Jim please email Jim.Stankovich@utas.edu.au.
Pieter van Dam, Educational Facilitator
Pieter completed his Bachelor of Nursing in 1993 in The Netherlands and holds a Master of Clinical Nursing and a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching. Pieter has worked as a clinician in Cardiology, Nephrology, Neurology and Infection Diseases in The Netherlands and Australia, but then developed an interest in education and accepted a position as a Nurse Educator at the Royal Hobart Hospital in 2006.
In 2009 Pieter commenced work in Care Redesign, facilitating the development and implementation of systems and processes which enable the delivery of quality care. Through this work Pieter became interested in Clinical Leadership Development. Currently he is completing a PhD with the University of Tasmania, School of Health Sciences.
To contact Pieter please email Pieter.VanDam@utas.edu.au.
Erin Gee, Research Assistant (South)
Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2012, and then went on to receive First Class Honours in Medical Research at the University of Tasmania in 2013. Her research project investigated the applicability and utility of cognitive assessment tools in paramedic practice, in particular to increase the detection of undiagnosed dementia in the community setting.
Erin has since joined the HSI Tas team in a Research Assistant role in Hobart. She is particularly interested in neurodegenerative diseases and hopes to work in the Allied Health sector in the long term.
To contact Erin please email Erin.Gee@utas.edu.au.
Phoebe Griffin, Research Assistant (North)
Phoebe Griffin was awarded a PhD in molecular virology from the University of Melbourne in 2007. Phoebe has since gained over five years of postdoctoral experience in basic science and clinical research, particularly in understanding host-pathogen interactions. She has published in international journals and presented at both international and national conferences.
While continuing her work in basic medical research, Phoebe has also developed a passion for health services research and evidence-based health policy development.
To contact Phoebe please email Phoebe.Griffin@utas.edu.au.
Mitchell Dwyer, Research Assistant (North-West)
Mitchell Dwyer graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in Psychology during 2013, and also graduated with a Bachelor of Business during 2008.
Mitchell has worked in a variety of administrative support roles both in Australia and in the United Kingdom, and hopes to commence work on a higher degree by research in the near future.
To contact Mitch please email Mitchell.Dwyer@utas.edu.au.