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Our Team

We would like to introduce you to our BPMRI team:

Dr Michael Hunter - Director BPMRI Busselton Health Study Centre (Busselton based)

Dr Michael Hunter was awarded a PhD with Distinction by the University of Western Australia for his studies in molecular biology and genetics conducted at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Royal Free Hospital, London. [more].

Dr Jennie Hui - Director BPMRI Busselton Health Study Laboratory
(Perth based)

Dr Jennie Hui was awarded a PhD scholarship by the Immunogenetics Research Foundation in 1998 and completed her PhD in 2002. Her PhD project involved the investigation of the genetics of Psoriasis, in particular, the immunologically interesting MIC gene where she made new and internationally important contributions to knowledge. Her PhD work has resulted in seven publications in peer-reviewed journals. [more].

Stephanie Murphy - Research Officer
(Busselton Baby Boomer Study)

Stephanie obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Edith Cowan University Bunbury and commenced employment with the Surgical Ward at Bunbury Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She joined the Busselton Health Study team in 2012 to pursue a career in population health research and community health. Her current role includes participant liason and testing, and the collation of study data.

Dianne Toovey - Research Assistant
(Busselton Baby Boomer Study)

Dianne joined the BHAS in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (Occupational Therapy) and Post Graduate Diploma (Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation) from Curtin University. She has had extensive experience working as an Occupational Therapist in various public hospitals including Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital London before establishing and managing the Hand and Upper Limb Centre in Subiaco, WA. Dianne has held appointments as a Clinical Coordinator and Lecturer in the School of Occupational Therapy at Curtin University. Her research interests include memory retraining techniques in the elderly, and rehabilitation techniques in Dupuytrens Contracture and tendon repair. She has been a member of a number of professional societies including Australian Hand Therapists Association, Australian Occupational Therapy Association and the WAAOT Hand Therapists Interest Group and was secretary and member of the Northern Territory Occupational Therapy Association.

Glenys Hubbard - Research Nurse
(Busselton Baby Boomer Study)

Glenys joined the Busselton Health Study team in 2016 and has had extensive experience in nursing and phlebotomy in clinical and research settings. Before relocating to Western Australia she worked on the Garvan Institute's Dubbo Osteoporosis Longitudinal Study in rural NSW and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Deborah Burwood - Research Nurse
(Busselton Baby Boomer Study)

Debra joined the BHAS in mid-2011 and is a long-term resident of Busselton. She holds qualifications in enrolled nursing and laboratory skills obtained from the WA School of Nursing and Bunbury TAFE. Deb has held various positions within pharmacy, chemotherapy and pathology departments at Busselton, Royal Perth and Mount Hospitals, as well as working in the private pharmacy and pathology sector in the region.

Jenifer George - Administration Assistant

Jennie is a long term Busselton resident and survey participant who joined the Busselton Health Study team in 2012. Jen assists with participant recruitment, scheduling, data queries and administrative tasks at the survey centre office.

Database Team

Mark Divitini - Research Associate
(School of Population and Global Health, UWA)

Mark Divitini completed a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mathematics and Computing at Curtin University of Technology in 1988. During 1989 he was employed by the School of Physiotherapy at Curtin University of Technology as a statistician. He then worked for two years at the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of London mainly in projects involved with occupational asthma and its causes. Since 1993 Mark has been employed as a Research Associate in Statistics at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Western Australia. In this time he has been involved with various analyses relating to the Busselton Health Study. These include the analysis of cardiovascular risk factors and mortality, familial aggregation of cardiovascular risk factors and various aspects of respiratory disease.

Kashif Mukhtar - Database Programmer
(School of Population and Global Health, UWA)

Kashif Mukhtar is the database programmer at the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Western Australia. Kashif manages the data from all past Busselton Health Study surveys. He works to maintain the accuracy and integrity of these data, and assists with new surveys to ensure data quality. He also provides data extraction services to researchers using the data collection.