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Health care advisory circles

We work closely with discipline-based stakeholders and advisory circles to make sure our research is informed by the clinical insights and experiences of primary care providers. This approach considers the delivery of sexual and reproductive healthcare services in general practice, practice nursing and pharmacy settings. And it ensures our research outcomes are effectively transferred into health policy and practice.

For practice nurses, general practitioners and community pharmacists
The SPHERE Advisory Circles meet on an as-needed basis to provide discipline-based advice and input into SPHERE research studies relevant to primary care.

If you are a practice nurse, general practitioner, or community pharmacist and you're interested in finding out more or joining one of the circles, contact:

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Meghan Campbell

Meghan works at Directions health service, a not-for-profit General Practice with a focus on addiction, and at Women’s Health Service in Canberra, with a focus on primary care for vulnerable women. 

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Jennifer McKay

Jennifer works as a Practice Nurse at Clarence Medical Centre (a rural GP practice) where she conducts nurse-led women's health clinics, and as a Women's Health Nurse at the Lismore Women's Health & Resource Centre. 

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Michelle Woods

Michelle is a Nurse Practitioner in Hobart, Tasmania, currently working at the Royal Hobart Hospital Emergency Department and General Practice, Your Health Hub.

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Noeline Bedford

Noeline is a Practice Nurse at Medical Professionals Dapto NSW, and also works casually at Sexual Health Services Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local health District.

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Kristy is a newly graduated Enrolled Nurse working within General Practice on the Gold Coast, QLD. 

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Kodie Alderton

Kodie is currently living and working in Western NSW as a Sexual Health Clinician. She understands the limitations in accessing EMA and LARC services in rural and remote areas of the country and advocates the role nurses can play in supporting this gap. 
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Emma Xiang

Emma Xiang has worked in primary health care with a special interest in women’s reproductive and sexual health for almost eight years. She also holds a Master's degree in primary care. 

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Dr Heather McNamee

Heather completed GP and family planning training in the UK in 1996 before immigrating to Australia. She became an HIV s100 prescriber in 2007.

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Dr Ciara Flynn

Ciara graduated from University College Cork Medical School, Ireland, in 2008 and worked in Emergency medicine prior to training as a GP in Ireland and is a fellow Ad Eundem Gradum of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

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Dr Melanie Dorrington

Melanie is a GP in South Canberra at a practice targeting vulnerable and disadvantaged people as well as at Clinic 66 Online, where she is also a clinical director for Telehealth.
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Dr Lisa Brown

Melissa (Lisa) is a GP at Thirroul Medical Practice in the Wollongong area.

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Dr Marianna Campbell

Marianna (she/her) is a GP in Brisbane, having graduated from the University of Queensland in 2006.  She is a Fellow of the RACGP and has completed her Diploma of the RANZCOG at the Gold Coast Hospital.

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A/Professor Safeera Hussainy

Safeera is a registered pharmacist and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Department of General Practice, Monash University. Safeera is recognised as the national pharmacy expert in emergency contraception (EC). 

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Rosa Baleato

Rosa is a registered consultant pharmacist. Prior to commencing a career in pharmacy, she completed a biotechnology degree with honours, and has a PhD in molecular biology.

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Olivia Collenette

Olivia is an early career pharmacist practising at Capital Chemist Kambah in the ACT. Olivia graduated from the University of Canberra in 2016 and has since completed further qualifications in Mental Health, Palliative Care and Diabetes Management and Education, most recently qualifying as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator. 

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Alicia Martin

Alicia is an early career pharmacist who graduated from the University of Canberra in 2018.

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Dr Courtney Ierano

Dr Courtney Ierano is an early-career pharmacist-researcher with a strong passion for infectious diseases, sexual health, antimicrobial stewardship, and women's health. She is the Program Manager of the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey with the Melbourne Health Guidance Group; and a Post-Doctorate Fellow with the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) at the University of Melbourne. 

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