I am a legally qualified and registered medical practitioner, and am a specialist physician and neurologist. I completed my undergraduate bachelors degree from the University of Melbourne, with honours in Genetics. I subsequently completed my medical training with registration through Queen Elizabeth Hospital and my PhD in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at University of Melbourne was conferred in 2006. I have been a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Physicians since 2002; completed my Epilepsy Fellowship 2004-2007 and became a full Fellow of the college in 2008. My postdoctoral studies included a Cognition Fellowship at Stanford University.
In 2015 I became a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and I have experience as a non-executive director on hospital & healthcare network boards including holding the role as Chair of several board subcommittees. I have been a consultant to the Australian Commonwealth Science Organisation and sat on a number of advisory boards for the Federal Department of Health including informing the strategy for the National Women’s Health Policy. I have held medical teaching roles in several academic institutions and specialist colleges.
I worked as a consultant neurologist in the Department of Neurology, University of Melbourne (Royal Melbourne Hospital) before moving to private practice. From 2008-2013 I was the Director of the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project at the National Ageing Research Organisation. From 2016-2019, I was the founder and Director of the Healthy Brain Initiative at the Institute of Health and Ageing. Since 2013 I have been the Director of the Healthy Ageing Program in the Centre for Medical Research Department of Medicine (RMH), School of Medicine, University of Melbourne. I was on the board of the Western Health Services 2012-2015 and was Chair of the Education, Training and Research Committee and Chair of the Quality & Safety Committee. I am a Full Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne.
In 2003 I was awarded the RW Tweedle Prize of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Physicians.
In 2007 I received an Award from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Physicians.
I was awarded the International Greenblatt Prize for Women’s Health in 2008. I won the Australasian Grossman Award for women’s health in 2012.
In 2018 I received the Robert Maple-Brown Award from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Physicians.
In addition to these acknowledgements I have also been the recipient of several NHMRC personal fellowship awards, an Alzheimer’s Australia cognition fellowship and various funding and travel awards for my medical research including the Tall Poppy Science Award in 2011.
I am the author of several book chapters, and over two hundred articles in the medical literature.
Since specialisation in 2008 I have continued to be engaged in consulting neurology practice. I have had a long interest in forensic and medico legal issues, and was responsible for preparing medicolegal reports for public hospital patients even in my early hospital roles. For decades I have provided medico legal reports for a range of areas including standard neurologic care, and the neurological sequelae of injuries and surgical procedures.
I am registered with the Medical Board of Australia. I am a member of the Medicolegal Society of Victoria since 2014, having previously been a member of the medicolegal section of the AMA since 2006. I currently sit on the Council of the Australian Medical Association (VIC).
I am qualified to carry out impairment assessments.