Meet our team

Our staff and affiliates are active contributors to Cochrane with expertise in the application of GRADE in systematic reviews and guidelines across a broad range of areas.

Melbourne GRADE centre staff  and contributors

Sue Brennan

Sue Brennan leads the Melbourne GRADE centre, is an elected member of the GRADE Guidance Group, and co-lead on research to inform the development of GRADE guidance for overviews. In her role at Cochrane Australia, she leads systematic reviews and methodological review of guidelines commissioned by government, methodological research, and provides consultancy and training on the use of GRADE.

Max Murano

Max Murano is a Senior Research Officer at Cochrane Australia. They work with colleagues on systematic reviews commissioned by a range of government agencies, including NHMRC and WHO. Max also provides support for consultancy and training on the use of GRADE, and has a particular interest in how health equity and health rights are considered when making healthcare recommendations.

Sally Green

Sally Green is Co-Director of Cochrane Australia and a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. Sally is an experienced systematic review and guideline methodologist and a member of NHMRC Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence (SToRE) Advisory Group.

Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald is co-director and senior information specialist at Cochrane Australia where he is responsible for the learning and education program. He has extensive experience in conducting systematic reviews for Cochrane, as well as a range of government agencies, including WHO and Australia’s NHMRC.

Jo McKenzie

Jo McKenzie is a Professor and Head of the Methods in Evidence Synthesis Unit, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She leads a programme of research that aims to develop and evaluate statistical and research methodology for evidence synthesis, and develop guidance for the conduct and reporting of systematic reviews.

Matthew Page

Matthew Page is a Senior Research Fellow, Future Leader Postdoctoral Fellow and Deputy Head of the Methods in Evidence Synthesis Unit in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He leads a program of research on methods for evidence synthesis.

Tari Turner

Tari Turner is Director of the Australian Living Evidence Consortium and Director of the National Clinical Evidence Taskforce, leading development of living guidelines, and a Professor (Research) at Cochrane Australia.

Affiliated staff

Catherine Chamberlain

Catherine Chamberlain is Professor Of Indigenous Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, at the University of Melbourne. She has over 25 years’ experience in the health sector, including leadership positions within academic institutions, government and health services.

Renea Johnston

Renea Johnston is Managing Editor for Cochrane Musculoskeletal, based in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Renea has extensive experience in the conduct of systematic reviews of interventions and diagnostic test accuracy, guideline development, and coordinates a Master of Public Health unit on systematic reviews and meta-analysis

Philippa Middleton

Philippa Middleton is a Principal Research Fellow and program leader in Pregnancy and Perinatal Care at SAHMRI Women and Kids, and is an experienced guideline developer and translation researcher. She is an editor with Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth, and with Cochrane Methodology.

Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca Ryan is the Head, Centre for Health Communication and Participation at Latrobe University, the Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Group, and leads Cochrane’s Person-Centred Care, Health Systems and Public Health Thematic Group.

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