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.

  • Professor Jeffrey V Rosenfeld AM


    undefinedJeffrey Rosenfeld is Foundation Director, Monash Institute of Medical Engineering; Professor and Head, Division of Clinical Sciences and Department of Surgery, Monash University; Director, Department of Neurosurgery the Alfred Hospital, and Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Uniformed University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA. He trained in general surgery and neurosurgery in Melbourne, Oxford, UK and Cleveland, Ohio, USA.  He is a Major General and the immediate past Surgeon General Australian Defence Force - Reserves. He is the former Chair, Australian Defence Health Research Ethics Committee (ADHREC). He joined the Army Reserve in 1984 and has served on seven overseas operations including Rwanda, East Timor, Bougainville, Solomon Islands and Iraq. He is a world authority on military trauma particularly neurotrauma from bomb blast. His research at Monash University is primarily on traumatic brain injury and bionic vision. He received the Michael E. DeBakey International Military Surgeons' Award for Excellence in 2009 from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, USA. He has published over 240 peer reviewed publications, 40 book chapters and 2 books. He was the Chair of the Editorial Board of the 'ADF Health' which was the journal of the Defence Health Services and is on the Editorial Board of eight international journals. He has been treating Defence members and Veterans since 1984. He is a member of Defence Employer Support Council, National Vice-President (Health), Defence Reserves Association, Representative Colonel Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC) Victoria and Patron, RAAMC Association (Victoria).

  • Professor Malcolm Sim

    undefinedMalcolm is an occupational physician and epidemiologist, who is Director of the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH) in the School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. He is an investigator on many national and international studies investigating the role of the workplace and environmental hazards in chronic diseases, such as cancer, respiratory, psychological and musculoskeletal disorders. He has a particular interest in the health of war veterans and was the Chief Investigator for the Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study undertaken in 2001, the current follow up study of those veterans and also the health study of Australian Korean War veterans. He is also involved in studies of Australian Peacekeepers, veterans of the Middle East Area of Operations and military personnel who transition out of Defence. Malcolm is Editor-in-Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the leading international journal in this field and was previously on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Military and Veteran Health. He is an elected Board Member of the International Commission on Occupational Health and a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. In 2013 he was awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in External Engagement in recognition of his wide range of national and international research collaborations and other activities.

  • 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.