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Centre Directors

Professor Fadi Charchar is the Dean, Graduate Research School, Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Visiting Chair at the University of Leicester, UK. He is the Vice-President of the International Society of Hypertension and President of the International Society of Heart Research. Fadi previously completed a Wellcome Trust Fellowship, an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and a British Heart Foundation Lectureship in the UK. Fadi is an internationally recognised expert in understanding the genetic mechanisms of cardiovascular disease with publications in the Lancet, Nature, Nature Genetics. His research includes findings that the human Y chromosome contributes to hypertension and coronary artery disease.

Fadi leads the Personalised/Individual Health research stream.


T. +61 3 5327 6098

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Professor Simon Cooper is a health professional who has worked in emergency care in the UK and Australia. He is an experienced senior manager with a PhD in Leadership studies and 40 years’ work in the clinical and academic fields. Simon has led innovative educational and research programs across the world in the field of advanced practice development, patient safety, emergency care, leadership, teamwork, education and clinical simulation.

Simon leads the Centre’s Patient Safety and Care Quality research stream.


T. +61 3 5122 8032

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Research Stream Directors

Professor Colette Browning is a recognised leader in psychology and health. Colette holds Honorary Professorships at Peking University and the Australian National University, and is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. Colette has international research and policy expertise in ageing, primary care, behaviour change and implementation research. Her research focuses on healthy ageing, chronic disease management, mental health and consumer involvement in health care decision-making. She has over 260 publications and has held research grants to the value of $20 million.

Colette leads the Centre’s Population Health research stream.


T. +61 3 5327 6374


Associate Professor Madhu Chetty, from School of Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences, is internationally recognised for application of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and mathematical modelling in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. His novel gene regulatory network (GRN) models for cyanobacteria have been applied for carbon sequestration studies and the ML-based protein structure prediction methods are suitable for computer-aided drug design. He is Vice Chair of Victorian/Tasmanian section of the international professional body, IEEE and Associate Editor of Biosystems journal. He had academic positions at University of Melbourne, Monash, IIT Bombay and VNIT India.

Madhu leads the Centre’s Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence research stream.


T. +61 3 5122 8148


Associate Professor Danny Hills is a Registered Nurse and the Deputy Dean in the School of Health. Danny has worked as a clinician, educator and manager in mental health and clinical governance, in rural, regional and metropolitan health settings. He is a trained epidemiologist with research interests in health and aged services and workforce development, workplace aggression, mental health and well-being, and ageing.

Danny leads the Centre’s Workforce Development research stream.


T. +61 3 5327 6652


Professor Britt Klein is internationally recognised for her digital mental health work and directs the Biopsychosocial and eHealth Research & Innovation (BeRI) hub. Britt has been awarded or co-awarded over $30 million of funding as Chief or Co-Investigator and has published extensively in the mental health and digital health areas. Britt has a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, is an APHRA registered psychologist with clinical endorsement, sits on a number of digital health expert advisory committees and has worked in community health anxiety, mood, alcohol and other drug settings, as well as aged care.

Britt leads the Centre’s Digital Health and Models of Care research stream.


T. +61 3 5327 6717