Clinical Council

The Stroke Foundation Clinical Council comprises a group of leading stroke clinicians, academics and researchers. Please see the list of current members below.
  • Chair - Professor Bruce Campbell
  • Dr Rohan Grimley
  • Associate Professor Susan Hillier
  • Dr Claire Muller
  • Skye Coote
  • Associate Professor Erin Godecke
  • Dr Timothy Ang
  • Associate Professor Natasha Lannin
  • Associate Professor Steven Faux
  • Associate Professor Mark Mackay
  • Associate Professor Martin Jude

Health Promotion Advisory Committee

  • Chair - Associate Professor Seana Gall
  • Dr Siobhan Hickling
  • Professor Corneel Vandelanotte 
  • Professor David Thomas 
  • Professor Mark Harris
  • Professor Simone Pettigrew
  • Nic Stephen


Professor Bruce Campbell
Non-executive Director representing interests of Clinicians and Chair of Clinical Council

Bruce Campbell

Professor Campbell is a consultant neurologist and Head of Stroke at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as well as a professorial research fellow in the Department of Medicine, Melbourne Brain Centre at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne.

Professor Campbell holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Campbellā€™s main research interests include imaging and emergency treatment of stroke, including randomised controlled trials of new treatments.

Associate Professor Susan Hillier
BAppSc, PhD

Susan Hillier

Susan Hillier is an Associate Professor in neuroscience and rehabilitation at the University of South Australia. She is also a practising clinician working predominantly with people after stroke. Her research has also been in the area of stroke and rehabilitation – investigating different rehabilitation approaches to maximise recovery outcomes as well as best practice rehabilitation service models to improve equity of delivery of services. Susan is committed to improving the lives of people after brain injury.

Dr Claire Muller

Claire Muller

Dr Claire Muller is a consultant Neurologist having become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2016. She has a longstanding interest in Neuroscience and prior to completing her medical degree, at the University of Queensland (UQ) she completed an undergraduate dual degree (BSc, BA) majoring in Neuroscience, Biomedical Science, Cognitive Science, and French also at UQ. Through her medical training she has gained extensive experience in a variety of metropolitan, regional and rural Queensland hospitals, ranging from the Gold Coast University Hospital up to Cairns Base Hospital and the central west of the state.

Dr Muller undertook her physician training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Gold Coast University Hospital followed by a Stroke Research Fellowship at Melbourne’s Eastern Health. During her fellowship she was actively involved in enrolling patients into various multicentre hyperacute and acute stroke trials. In 2017 she was awarded the Irene Mary Sammons Research Grant by the Eastern Health Foundation for an imaging study of the neuroprotective potential of the diabetes medication, Exenatide. She continues to manage this project remotely, having relocated to her hometown of Brisbane to pursue a career as a Stroke Physician and researcher at a major tertiary hospital.

Skye Coote

Skye Coote

Skye is the Stroke Nurse Consultant with the Mobile Stroke Unit project at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria. She has an extensive background in critical care nursing, holds a Master of Nursing degree, and has completed 2 International Neurovascular Education and Training in Stroke Management and Acute Reperfusion Therapies (NETSMART) courses. She has won international nursing awards for clinical excellence and leadership in stroke, and is the first Board Certificate Advanced Neurovascular Practitioner in Australia. She has been a guest presenter at international conferences on stroke and has recently co-authored a chapter on acute stroke care for the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses. Her passion is improving hyperacute stroke care, stroke research and stroke education.

Associate Professor Erin Godecke

Erin Godecke

Associate Professor Erin Godecke is a Senior Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University and completed her PhD in 2009. She has been a practicing speech pathologist for 21 years, working in acute stroke care and rehabilitation. She is passionate about improving services for people after stroke and has developed a program of research that addresses gaps in clinical practice related to communication disorders. This focuses on therapy intensity and therapy type in very early aphasia recovery after stroke, improving communication environments in rehabilitation and measuring stroke outcomes in healthcare services. She is an invited area specialist with the Stroke Foundation looking at the national audit for stroke services in Australia, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care: Stroke Care Expert Advisory Panel (2012) and the Australian Stroke Research network (2012) and the Stroke Foundation, Guideline Development Working Group - Chair of Speech Pathology Discipline (2015-2017). On a local level, Erin has contributed extensively to the Western Australian Health Department’s development of the ‘Stroke Model of Care Plan’ from 2005 and 2011, the Motor Neurone Disease Model of Care 2009, the TRACS Expert Advisory Group (2011-2014). She is a Board Director on the Neurological Council of Western Australia and had recently commenced as Chair of ‘Re-Connect’ a consumer group promoting improved community reintegration and participation WA.

Dr Timothy Ang

Dr Timothy Ang is a consultant neurologist at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle and senior neurointerventional radiology fellow at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Tim was awarded the Stroke Society of Australasia Young Investigators' Award in 2014 for his work with acute stroke assessments and neuroimaging - his ongoing research interests revolve around streamlining and improving access to hyperacute stroke therapies with a breadth of experience using TeleStroke tech and retrieval networking. He contributes to the development of the next generation of stroke physicians as a national curriculum advisor for the Stroke Academy and is part of the strategic working party for the NSW Statewide Stroke Service led by the Agency of Clinical Innovation.

Associate Professor Natasha Lannin

Associate Professor Natasha Lannin is a neurological occupational therapist and rehabilitation researcher. Natasha is the Chair in Occupational Therapy Research at Alfred Health and A/Professor with La Trobe University and is an honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Rehabilitation Studies Unit at The University of Sydney. She is an experienced neurological occupational therapist and rehabilitation researcher with more than 20 years’ experience working as an occupational therapist in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and now Victoria.

She is interested in in generating and translating knowledge for intervention effectiveness trials, particularly in the area of stroke rehabilitation; in conducting registry studies (and was one of the founder and Management Committee Chair of the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry; and in looking at novel ways to translate research and guidelines into clinical practice.  

Natasha is recognised as a lead researcher by peers, as indicated by recent induction into both the Australian and American Occupational Therapy Research Foundations. Her work investigating the efficacy of rehabilitation interventions has attracted ongoing funding since 2012; and her implementation science research has attracted ongoing funding from government since 2014, and more recently from NHMRC. And she also chairs the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (AuSCR) highlighting the potential to make significant impact on the everyday care decisions made to improve outcomes after stroke.

Associate Professor Steven Faux

A/Prof Steven Faux is the Director of Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Service and St Vincent’s Pain Service Darlinghurst.

He has appointments at:

  • St Vincents Campus
  • Prince of Wales Private
  • Griffith Base Hospital, NSW

Currently a Senior lecturer in Clinical Medicine at the University of New South Wales, his research interests are in the management of spasticity, trauma management and stroke rehabilitation. 

He regularly gives lecturers on Pain Management, Stroke Rehabilitation and Trauma Rehabilitation. Has completed a number of studies in early pain management, Stroke and rehabilitation for those with fractures and has had published several papers on in the fields of Stroke, Trauma, Pain and health service provision.

He is an associate investigator with the NHMRC CRE Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery 

He currently leads a team of stroke rehabilitation researchers focusing on patient and carer education, immersive and virtual reality technology, tele-rehabilitation for aphasia and neuropathic pain, therapies to improve upper limb function and the use of wearable robotics for community stroke rehabilitation.

Associate Professor Mark Mackay

Associate Professor Mackay is a Paediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Dr. Mackay's main interests are epilepsy and childhood stroke. He is an Associate Professor and Honorary Principal Fellow with the University of Melbourne, an Honorary Research Fellow with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow with the Florey Neurosciences Institute. 

He is Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne Stroke Program and is the paediatric representative on the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry steering committee.   Associate Professor Mackay is elected chairperson of (i) the ANZ Child Neurology Society Stroke Special Interest Group, (ii) the Australian Childhood Stroke Advisory Committee, and (iii) the Victorian Perinatal Stroke Advisory Committee.

He has over 10 years’ experience in the conceptualisation of paediatric stroke and epilepsy research projects and has a publication and presentation profile in these fields. He has established a dedicated paediatric stroke program; the first of its kind in Australia and is a major contributor to the International Pediatric Stroke Study. 

Associate Professor Mackay was awarded the 2016 Stroke Care Champion for his outstanding dedication and commitment to Australia’s youngest stroke patients. 

Associate Professor Seana Gall
BSc(Hons), PhD

Seana Gall

Dr Seana Gall is a senior research fellow in cardiovascular epidemiology at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania and Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. She holds a BSc (Hons) in physiology from Monash University and graduated with a PhD in stroke epidemiology from the University of Melbourne in 2008. She is currently funded by a prestigious National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship where she is examining the ‘Epidemiology of cardiovascular disease across the life course’. She conducts epidemiological studies to understand ways to prevent, manage and improve outcomes of cardiovascular disease, particularly stroke. Particular areas of expertise include childhood predictors of adult cardiovascular health, clustering of health behaviours and sex differences in stroke. She is a chief investigator on the NHMRC-funded Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) study and lead investigator of the International Stroke Outcomes Study (INSTRUCT) that is pooling data on over 16,000 strokes from around the world. She has published 76 journal articles and has attracted over $4 million in funding for her research. She is an active member of the scientific community including as chair of the Tasmanian Government’s Tobacco Control Coalition, a board director for the Cancer Council Tasmania and chair of their Scientific and Research Committee and a member for the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation Scientific Research Advisory Committee.

Professor Corneel Vandelanotte

Headshot Corneel
Prof Vandelanotte is a Professorial Research Fellow and a Heart Foundation funded Future Leader Fellow, who leads the Physical Activity Research Group (PARG) and the 10,000 Steps Australia program within the Appleton Research Institute at Central Queensland University (CQU). He also holds an Adjunct Professor position at Curtin University and at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2004, he completed his PhD in Physical Education at the Ghent University in Belgium and he has worked at the Central Queensland University since 2009. His research focuses on the development, evaluation and dissemination of e- & mHealth behaviour change interventions. His work predominantly focusses on computer-tailored and web-, app- and tracker-delivered interventions for increasing physical activity. Prof Vandelanotte’s research takes a population health approach to behaviour change, through the development and evaluation of innovative, affordable and effective health behaviour change interventions that can reach large numbers of people. Prof Vandelanotte has published over 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and secured over $8 million in competitive research funding. 

Dr Siobhan Hickling

Headshot Sobhan Hickling
Dr Hickling is a nutritionist/dietitian with twenty years of experience in population health research, teaching, service and practice. 

She played a pivotal role in establishing and coordinating the VITATOPS study – a major international trial of folate in the prevention of stroke and was a member of the Steering Committee. She has collaborated on a number of nutritional epidemiological projects with a particular focus on dietary assessment and cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and on projects examining the association and influence of the built environment on eating behaviours, monitoring the impact of mandatory folate fortification on Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, dietary intake and depressive symptoms in children and adolescents and dietary intake and cognitive development in children and adolescents. 

Dr Hickling is a member of the Cardiovascular Research Leadership Team in the School of Population and Global Health of UWA. Dr Hickling’s master’s research was recognised by the Public Health Association of Australia through its Student Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She secured, in open competition, a prestigious Healthway scholarship and was awarded a University of Western Australia Teaching Scholarship and a National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. 

Professor David Thomas

Professor Thomas is the Head of the Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic Diseases Division at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. Professor Thomas has worked in Indigenous health and health research for 30 years, including work as a doctor for three Aboriginal community-controlled health services. 

Professor Thomas established and has led the Tobacco Control Research Program at Menzies since 2007. He has completed research about many aspects of Indigenous tobacco control, including the national longitudinal study ‘Talking About The Smokes’, an RCT, Cochrane reviews, qualitative research (including the examination of historical tobacco industry documents), evaluations of local and national policies and projects, and monitoring trends in smoking.    

Professor Thomas is involved in the translation of research into policy and practice through advocacy, collaborations with policy makers and practitioners, and his membership on several important national and NT committees.

Professor Thomas holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (University of Sydney), a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (University of Liverpool), and has been a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine since 1993. Professor Thomas completed a Master of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) at the University of Newcastle, and a PhD at the Northern Territory University. 

Associate Professor Martin Jude

Associate Professor Martin Jude is a consultant Neurologist in Wagga Wagga, NSW. His Neurology training was undertaken at St Vincent's and St George Hospitals, followed by the ANZAN attachment at the Radcliffe Infirmary/University of Oxford, where he was clinical lecturer in Neurology. He is currently a conjoint Associate Professor, UNSW rural clinical school, with main interests in Stroke Neurology, Medical education and coordinating systems of care to enhance clinical outcomes for stroke patients. He has been instrumental in setting up Stroke Unit care in Regional NSW, and the rural stroke coordinators network in NSW, as well as stroke education systems for undergraduate medical and physician trainees and is an active member of the RACP National Examination Panel. He was until recently the medical co-chair, Agency for Clinical Innovation/Stroke Services which is the clinician-led organisation that informs the NSW Ministry of Health in relation to optimising stroke systems and clinical outcomes. He was awarded the OAM in 2017.

Professor Mark Harris

Professor Harris has been a Foundation Professor of General Practice at UNSW since 1993, and a Scientia Professor since 2013. Professor Harris has been the Executive Director of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity since 2005, and the Deputy Director of the UNSW Translational Cancer Research Network since 2014.

He is recognised as a leader in primary care research, and his research into prevention and management of chronic disease in primary health care has led to the development of better practice in the sector. Professor Harris has conducted previous trials in general practice and community health services on preventive care, including a project on Implementing Guidelines for Preventive Care in General Practice, and a Centre of Research Excellence on the Management and Prevention of Obesity in Primary Health Care.

Professor Harris currently leads a large trial of mobile health in preventive care for patients with low health literacy in general practice, and an implementation trial of a web-based interactive shared care plan for cancer survivors. He has conducted health equity research with many socially disadvantaged groups (Aboriginal and refugee populations), which have informed policy and services for these populations in primary health care and non-government organisations.
He has been a member of the Quality Committee and Prevention and Community Medicine Committees of the RACGP for 25 years, and a member of the NHMRC Translation Faculty and Prevention and Community Health Committee, RACGP Quality Committee, National Heart Foundation Clinical Issues Committee and state government and Local Health District advisory groups. He received the North American Primary Care Research Group’s President’s award in 2017 for his contribution to primary healthcare research.

Professor Harris has a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Doctor of Medicine both from the University of Sydney, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) (Honorary Life Fellow since 2009). He has almost 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 5000 citations.

Professor Simone Pettigrew

Professor Pettigrew is currently a Distinguished Research Professor in the Curtin University School of Psychology and the Director of the Western Australian Cancer Prevention Research Unit (co-funded by Curtin University and Cancer Council WA). Professor Pettigrew is about to take up the position of Food Policy Program Manager at The George Institute for Global health.

Her areas of expertise include behavioural psychology, consumer research, social marketing, health promotion, health policy, and intervention research. Her research focus is in the area of health promotion and how to encourage individuals to make behavioural changes to improve their health. Specific health issues of interest include obesity, nutrition, physical activity, alcohol consumption, tobacco use, mental health, and ageing. Much of her work focuses on vulnerable populations, especially children, seniors, and low-income families. She regularly undertakes research projects and consultancies for NGOs and government entities.

Professor Pettigrew has been a member of the COAG Food Labelling Committee since 2009, the Alcohol Advertising Review Board Steering Committee since 2012, and the Expert Committee for Alcohol Policy for Australian Universities since 2013.
Professor Pettigrew has a Bachelor of economics, a Master of Commerce, and a PhD in consumer research. She has over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 5500 citations. In addition, she has published 142 technical reports. Professor Pettigrew has been awarded more than $8 million in competitive research funding and $3 million in contracted research funding.

Nic Stephen

Nic is a 42 year old Tasmanian stroke survivor, who had an ischaemic stroke at age 37. Nic is the director of a small business, Advance Workforce, that works with organisations to create health workplace cultures and develops their leadership teams. Nic is a StrokeSafe Ambassador who has undertaken media engagements for us. Nic played a central role in our Tasmanian state election advocacy. Nic writes: 

“My experience as a younger stroke patient was not ideal. The support during and particularly after hospital was confusing and undirected. The combination of some cognitive delay and lack of support networks led to frustration on my wife’s behalf, and a complete lack of empowerment for us both. I want to raise the awareness of the risk factors and signs of stroke, particularly lifestyle factors that can easily be managed. I’m also passionate about the provision of information, support and guidance to survivors and their families – something I did not receive.”

Dr Seana Gall (Chair)