Research Governance

Research Governance

Research and Clinical Governance at SCIA

Research and Clinical Governance at SCIA is supported by the Clinical Governance Committee and Research Committee (CGRC), a subcommittee of the SCIA Board of Directors. The CGRC members are experts and people with lived experience that voluntarily provide advice on research and clinical matters. Meetings are quarterly.

Current members include:
Professor Glen M Davis OAM (SCIA Board Member and Committee Co-Chair): Professor of Clinical Exercise Sciences in the Sydney School of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney, with clinical and research experience in exercise therapy and rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions, particularly spinal cord injury.

Leesa Addison (SCIA Board Member and Committee Co-Chair): A passionate change advocate currently working as a business and digital transformation consultant after 25 years working in technology and innovation as a CIO and senior executive. A lived experience advocate for systemic improvement of our health and community services sectors serving as a Non-Executive Director in disability and mental health.

Dianne Lucas (SCIA CEO): Experience as both the Deputy CEO and Acting CEO at St Vincent De Paul Society NSW, where she led several disability services. Dianne has also managed several organisational functions including organisational performance and development, information and communications technology, governance, fundraising and communications as well as human resources.

Judith Cross AM (Lived Experience Representative): 22 years’ experience as a CEO working in health and community services with a particular interest in governance.

Dr Fiona Clay (Lived Experience Representative): Research experience in the field of medicine and community representative with a commitment to use skills to make change for others.

Jessica Comish (Lived Experience / Family Member Representative): Registered nurse, former personal care assistant, SCIA volunteer.

Professor Mary Galea AM FAHMS (Research Representative): Professorial Fellow, Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne. A physiotherapist and neuroscientist, with clinical research experience in the rehabilitation of neurological conditions including stroke, MS and SCI.

Dr Jackie Reznik (Clinical Representative): Extensive national and international expertise as a clinical neurological physiotherapist (SCI, Brain Injuries and other chronic/genetic neurological conditions) in adults and children. Also a researcher in the area of SCI and traumatic/non-traumatic brain injuries.

Gillian Garrett (Clinical Representative): Registered Nurse with 15 years experience in the field of inpatient SCI rehabilitation and clinical leadership.

Vacant (Clinical Representative Rural and Regional)

Dr Camila Quel De Oliveria (SCIA Internal Research Adviser): Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Technology Sydney. Postgraduate clinical qualifications in Neurological Physiotherapy applied to the chronic and acute patient (adult and paediatric) populations. Is an allied health researcher in neurological populations, with special interest in SCI, Camila is a SCIA representative member of the committee.

Any questions about the Clinical Governance and Research Committee please contact Suzie Stollznow, Research, and Impacts Manager.