The Australia and New Zealand SIG brings together Australian and New Zealand researchers in the field of quality of life research. Given geographical remoteness of Australian and New Zealand quality of life researchers from colleagues in the northern hemisphere, there is a need for a local-based organization to bring together and support local researchers.
The aims of the SIG are to foster connections between local researchers and facilitate exchange of ideas, development of collaborative opportunities and discussion and dissemination of PRO-related findings from SIG members. The SIG also supports and nurtures emerging local researchers working in the area of quality of life research through providing forum to discuss their work with experienced researchers and mentorship opportunities.
We encourage active communication between members.
Chair: Rasa Ruseckaite, PhD
Dr Rasa Ruseckaite is a Senior Research Fellow with the Registry Science Unit (RSU) at School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. With an undergraduate degree in Science, Rasa has a Master of Science and two PhDs; one in Applied Computer Science and the other in Neuroscience. Rasa has a strong interest in quality of life research and patient reported outcomes. She is currently leading an initiative aiming to develop guidelines for PROMs inclusion in clinical quality registries.
Chair Elect: Rebecca Mercieca-Bebber
Rebecca Mercieca-Bebber is a Research Officer at the Quality of Life Office, University of Sydney, where she provides advice about patient-reported outcomes to the 13 Australian Cancer Clinical Trials Groups. Her PhD is focused on methodological issues with protocol development, reporting of PRO studies, and strategies for reducing the problem of missing PRO data in clinical trials.
Secretary/Treasurer: Natasha Roberts, BN(Hons)
Natasha gained her Bachelor of Nursing in 1995, honours degree in 2001, and has worked clinically in intensive care and oncology. She has been caring for patients participating in clinical trials since 2011. At present she is in her final year of her PhD in public health, investigating implementation of PROMs in routine clinical oncology care.
Photo: Inaugural meeting of SIG Australia, Vancouver, 2015 (from left to right: Rebecca Mercieca-Bebber, Hayley Whitford, Lucy Busija, Rasa Rusekaite, Madeleine King, Claudia Rutherford).