Clinical Research

The Research and Policy Unit hosts the Royal Flying Doctor Service's Clinical and Health Services Research Committee.

The Committee comprises a mixture of staff and independent members each with specific clinical, research, Indigenous or health consumer expertise in remote and rural health. The Committee's role is to identify need for, and conduct clinical and health services research projects to benefit health service delivery and health outcomes in remote and rural areas. For more information about the Committee, including our research priorities, click here.

Members of the Clinical Research Committee are:

  • Mr Frank Quinlan - Federation Executive Director of the RFDS (Chair)
  • Dr Lara Bishop - Director of Research and Projects, RFDS Federation Office
  • Ms Fiona Browning - Consumer representative
  • Dr John Fisher - Clinical Lead - GP Services, RFDS Western Operations
  • Dr Fergus Gardiner - Director of Research and Policy, RFDS Federation Office
  • Dr Randall Greenberg - Chief Medical Officer, RFDS South Eastern Section
  • Professor John Gleeson - Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, National Head, School of Psychology Australian Catholic University
  • Dr Andrew Hooper - Head of Medical, RFDS Western Operations
  • Professor Leigh Kinsman - Joint Chair, Professor of Evidence Based Nursing, University of Newcastle and Mid-North Coast Local Health District
  • Dr Bas Kirmani - Medical Practitioner, RFDS Central Operations
  • Dr Melanie Trivett - General Manager, Primary Health Care, RFDS Victorian Section
  • Professor David Lyle - Professor of Rural Health, Broken Hill Department of Rural Health, Head of Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney Board Member, RFDS South Eastern Section
  • Dr Morton Rawlin - Medical Director, RFDS Victorian Section
  • Dr Lorikia Strickland - Dentist, RFDS Tasmania
  • Ms Tanja Hirvonen - Director of Strategic Policy and Research, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
  • Dr Phil Tideman - Clinical Director, Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network SA Member, Clinical Governance Committee of Country Health SA Hospital Incorporated Board Member, RFDS Central Operations
  • Dr Mardi Steere - Executive General Manager, Medical and Retrieval Services, RFDS Central Operations
  • Mr Lee Poole - Head of Nursing and Clinical Governance, RFDS Queensland Section
  • Dr Justin Gladman, Medical Officer, RFDS South Eastern Section

The Clinical Research Committee is facilitated by Dr Lara Bishop, who can be contacted on 02 6269 5500 or by email.