International Society for Quality of Life Research
International Society for Quality of Life Research

Australia and New Zealand

What is the ISOQOL Special Interest Group Australia and New Zealand?

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.

Aims of Australia and New Zealand SIG

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.

Activities of Australia and New Zealand SIG

  • Bimonthly teleconference to exchange news and ideas and update members on the upcoming events.
  • Joint project by Australia SIG members, to showcase quality of life research in Australia and New Zealand.
  • 2019 Annual Report
  • 2018 Annual Report

Communication and Information Sharing

We encourage active communication between members.

  • Connect with other Australia and New Zealand researchers using the ISOQOL Membership Directory.
  • Review the Quality of Life Quarterly, ISOQOL's quarterly newsletter, to keep up to date.
  • Consider the Australia and New Zealand SIG Teamwork and ISOQOL LinkedIn as a way to connect with fellow SIG members.
  • Contact one of the leaders listed below for more information.


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.





Past Leadership

Kimberly Alexander
Jennifer Baldwin
Philip Batterham
Lucy Busija
Nicole Cook
Nidup Dorji
Kate Fennell
Ingrid Flight
Madeleine King
Rebecca Mercieca-Bebber
Richard Osborne
Rasa Ruseckaite
Claudia Rutherford
Janet Sansoni
Julie Winstanley
Hayley Whitford

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).

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