Scientific Advisory Committee

A permanent Scientific Advisory Committee provides advice to the Board and management, and makes recommendations on which applications to fund, after reviewing the assessments. The Advisory Committee comprises: 


  • Professor Rachelle Buchbinder

    undefinedRachelle Buchbinder is a rheumatologist/clinical epidemiologist and an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. She is Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital; Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University; Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group; and Monash-Warwick Honorary Professor, Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick Medical School, Warwick University. She combines clinical practice with research in a wide range of multidisciplinary projects relating to arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions as well as improving communication with patients. She co-leads the Australian Rheumatology Association Database (ARAD), set up to determine the long-term risks and benefits of biologic therapy for inflammatory arthritis.

    Her contributions to research have been broad and eclectic ranging from systematic reviews and randomised trials to population-based cohort studies and public health evaluations. She is best known for her novel evaluation of a mass media campaign designed to educate the community about back pain that won the Volvo Award in 2001 and a randomised placebo-controlled trial that found that vertebroplasty was ineffective for osteoporotic vertebral fractures published in the NEJM in 2009.

  • Dr. Graeme Killer AO

    M.Sc., M.B.B.S., Dip Av Med., D.I.H., F.A.F.O.E.M., F.A.F.P.H.M., A.R.A.C.M.A

    undefinedDr Graeme Killer is a consultant in community and aged care and was previously Principal Medical Adviser to the Department of Veterans Affairs. He trained as an Occupational Physician and served for 23 years in the Royal Australia Airforce (RAAF) including overseas postings to Malaysia and the United Kingdom. He served in Malaysia during the Vietnam War and was involved in aeromedical evacuation. On his retirement from full-time Defence service in 1990, he was Director of Environment Health for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). He has been Principal Medical Adviser to the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) since 1991 and has taken a leading role in departmental initiatives in the quality use of medicines. He is a Member of the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee (RPRC), Chairman of the Editorial Committee and Consumer Reference Group for the Veterans Medicines Advice and Therapeutic Education Services (MATES) Program. He pioneered the introduction of care planning and preventive annual health assessments for older Australians and initiated the Health Links Program between the Departments of Defence and Veterans' Affairs. He has extensive health care interests including occupational and public health and aged care. He maintains part-time clinical practice and has been personal physician to Prime Ministers Keating, Howard and Rudd and has a similar role with Government House, Canberra. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1999 for his service to the veteran community.

  • Dr. Annabel Leslie McGuire

    BA, BPsych (Hons), GDipPsych, PhD

    undefinedAnnabel is a Director at Gripfast Consulting and has over 20 years’ experience working with and for various Government, not-for-profit and institutional clients in both a full-time and voluntary capacity. Previously, she was the Deputy Director (Research) at the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health, The University of Queensland. She has designed and run major research projects as the Chief Investigator or Investigator across various disciplines culminating in the delivery of high profile reports and presentations for Federal Government and Defence / Defence-related agencies. She was the CI on the Timor-Leste Family Study, large cross-sectional survey of more than 4,000 current and former military members and their families, that explored health and wellbeing outcomes associated with military deployments. Her research and presentations have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as informing Government policy and industry research. Finally, Annabel has led and been a member of multiple not-for-profit and community-based organisations that have primarily focused on the welfare and education of military families, veterans and the community. Her background is in psychology and her professional interests focus on improving the lives of military personnel and their families, which for two decades included her own family.