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The TSANZ Board consists of highly experienced and knowledgeable leaders in their areas of specialisation.

In consultation with members of the Society, the Board plays a pivotal role in the following key areas:

  • determining the strategic directions for the Society
  • representing the best interests of the Society
  • ensuring compliance to governance best practises
  • guiding the Society to accomplish its mission

The Board holds a Board Meeting once every two months at the TSANZ Office in Sydney where key areas, issues and opportunities are discussed and resolved.

Our current TSANZ Board Members are:

<h4>Professor Anne Holland </br><span style="font-size:14px;color:#999">PT, BAppSc, PhD</span></h4>

Professor Anne Holland
PT, BAppSc, PhD

President

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Professor Anne Holland is Professor of Physiotherapy and Head of Respiratory Research at Alfred Health and Monash University, Melbourne. She leads a research program investigating non-drug treatments for respiratory disease, with >340 publications cited more than 19 000 times. Anne has led development of clinical practice guidelines for TSANZ, European Respiratory Society and American Thoracic Society. In 2021 Anne was awarded the TSANZ Society Medal for advancing the practice of respiratory medicine.

Anne brings respiratory-specific corporate governance expertise as a recent Board Director for both the TSANZ (2015-2019) and the American Thoracic Society (2019-2021). As TSANZ president, Anne would build on increased community awareness of respiratory health during the COVID-19 pandemic to advocate for best respiratory care, enhanced funding for respiratory research, and support for the professional needs of all our members. Anne believes that the diversity of our membership is a TSANZ strength and has a strong commitment to inclusivity.

<h4>Associate Professor </br>Natasha Smallwood</br><span style="font-size:14px;color:#999">BMedSci, MBBS, MEpi, PhD, FRACP</span></h4>

Associate Professor
Natasha Smallwood
BMedSci, MBBS, MEpi, PhD, FRACP

President Elect

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Associate Professor Natasha Smallwood is a respiratory physician at the Alfred Hospital and clinician-researcher at Monash University. She holds postgraduate qualifications in Respiratory Medicine, Epidemiology, Palliative Care and Leadership. Natasha has been a TSANZ Board Director since 2020, responsible for Australian Branches and Chair of the Registries & Clinical Trials Committee. She is a member of the TSANZ Diversity & Inclusion Working Party; the Safe Levels of Staffing Working Party and convenor for the COPD SIG. She is past president of the Victorian TSANZ branch, having served on the committee for 6 years, and previously convened the TSANZ Symptom Support and Palliative Care SIG. She also currently serves on committees for the Lung Foundation Australia and is a taskforce member for multiple national and international respiratory guidelines.

<h4>Professor John Upham </br><span style="font-size:14px;color:#999">MBBS (HONS), PHD</span></h4>

Professor John Upham
MBBS (HONS), PHD

Past President

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John Upham is a clinical scientist and respiratory physician with longstanding research interests in the immunological basis of airway inflammation, and the development of novel approaches to treatment. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, has been cited over 5400 times and has an ‘H index’ of 39. The majority of his publications are in the higher impact journals in the field.

He is a previous recipient of an NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellowship, and the Young Investigator Award, Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ). He has been a long term recipient of funding from the NHMRC,inclduing Practitioner Fellowships, Program & Project Grants, a Development Grant and a CRE for Indigenous Lung Health.

After specialist training in Brisbane, John completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia, and spent 2 years in Canada, before moving back to Perth in 1998. In 2007, he moved to Brisbane to take up a position as Professor of Respiratory Medicine. He is based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Translational Research Institute, and is the academic head of the Discipline of Medicine within PA/Southside School of Medicine, University of Queensland, and the Chair of Metro South Research.

<h4>Professor Shyamali Dharmage</br><span style="font-size:14px;color:#999">MBBS, MSc, MD, PhD, FCCPSL, FThorSoc, FER</span></h4>

Professor Shyamali Dharmage
MBBS, MSc, MD, PhD, FCCPSL, FThorSoc, FER

Chair of the Registries and Clinical Quality Sub-Committee

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Professor Dharmage has a vast strategic expertise gained via roles on multiple national/international advisory boards/committees (e.g., Chronic Airway Disease Early Stratification (CADSET) International Advisory Board, COPD Lancet Commissioner, AIHW Chronic Respiratory Disease Advisory Committee), strategic leadership at UniMelb (e.g., Faculty Board Member, Centre Deputy-Director, Centre Management Committee, Unit Head), academic leadership (e.g., MPH coordinator) and research leadership (e.g., TAHS study PI). As Unit Head and leading a large research program, Professor Dharmage has exceptional financial literacy and budget management (awarded >$83.7M in grants) and strong understanding of legal, ethical and management strategies. Professor Dharmage has a passionate advocate for respiratory health and research and a highly sought after presenter (>100 invited presentations). All of her research is collaborative and encourages curiosity and respectful intellectual debate. 

<h4>Professor Vanessa McDonald</br><span style="font-size:14px;color:#999">DipHlthScien (Nurs), BNurs, PhD, FThorSoc</span></h4>

Professor Vanessa McDonald
DipHlthScien (Nurs), BNurs, PhD, FThorSoc

Chair of the Education and Training Subcommittee

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Vanessa McDonald is a Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle, Australia and an honorary clinical nurse consultant in the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at John Hunter Hospital. She is Director of the Centres of Excellence in Treatable Traits, and the Hunter Medical Research Institute’s Asthma and Breathing Programme.

Her research interests are centred around the development of innovative approaches to the management of chronic airway diseases. She is passionate about the development and implementation of personalised medicine strategies that place the person at the centre of health care delivery.

Over >25 years Vanessa has developed expertise in respiratory clinical nursing practice and education, has contributed extensively to respiratory health advocacy and health policy and, has developed as an internationally recognised respiratory researcher. She is committed to committed to improving the health and quality of life of people with lung disease in our region and internationally, and to the mission of lung health.

<h4>Dr Tracy Leong</br><span style="color: #999;font-size: 14px">MBBS (Hons), FRACP, MPH, PhD, CCPU</span></h4>

Dr Tracy Leong
MBBS (Hons), FRACP, MPH, PhD, CCPU

Chair of the Professional Standards Subcommittee

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Dr Tracy Leong is a clinician scientist as the Director of Interventional Pulmonology at Austin Health and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research. She is the current Victorian branch President and recent past Convenor of the Lung Cancer Special Interest Group. Her specific interests are in the use of bronchoscopic techniques for translational lung cancer research, national lung cancer screening; and national lung cancer data and tissue banking. She currently serves on committees for Lung Foundation Australia and the Thoracic Oncology Group of Australasia.
<h4>Dr Paul Dawkins</br><span style="font-size:14px;color:#999">MBChB, MD, FRACP, FRCP </span></h4>

Dr Paul Dawkins
MBChB, MD, FRACP, FRCP

New Zealand Branch Director

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<h4>Professor Ross Vlahos</br><span style="font-size:14px;color:#999">BSc(Hons), PhD, FThorSoc, ATSF</span></h4>

Professor Ross Vlahos
BSc(Hons), PhD, FThorSoc, ATSF

Treasurer

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Professor Ross Vlahos is Associate Dean of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences and Head of the Respiratory Research Group in the Centre for Respiratory Science and Health at RMIT University. His research aims to identify novel strategies for the prevention and treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and its co-morbidities including skeletal muscle wasting, cardiovascular disease, cognitive dysfunction and metabolic syndrome. Ross has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters which have been cited over 7250 times and has an ‘H index’ of 51. Professor Vlahos has had continuous National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia funding since 2001 (>15 million Australian dollars) and has played a major role in commercially funded work that has confidentiality/patent agreements. His international standing in the field of respiratory medicine has led to him being invited to serve on numerous international (e.g. Medical Research Council UK, European Research Council) and national (e.g. NHMRC Australia) funding bodies, Editorial boards (e.g. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, Clinical Science, British Journal of Pharmacology), conference organising committees (e.g. American Thoracic Society [ATS], European Respiratory Society [ERS]), an invited speaker at numerous prestigious conferences (e.g. Gordon, ATS, ERS) and review manuscripts for leading international respiratory journals (e.g. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine).

In addition to his passion and significant contributions to pulmonary medicine research, he is dedicated to Teaching and Learning and thus regularly supervises Research Higher Degree (PhD, Masters) students, and lectures to undergraduate medical, nursing and biomedical science students on respiratory health, function and disease. Ross takes pride in being a mentor to students and junior researchers by providing the intellectual guidance and technical skills that will create a solid foundation for them to one day run a medical research laboratory or facilitate an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.

<h4>ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR</br>YET H KHOR</br><span style="color: #999;font-size: 14px">MBBS, FRACP, PhD</span></h4>

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
YET H KHOR
MBBS, FRACP, PhD

Chair of the Clinical Care and Resources Subcommittee

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Associate Professor Yet Khor is an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow at Monash University, as well as a respiratory and sleep physician at Austin Health, with keen interests in interstitial lung disease and oxygen therapy. Yet has been involved in TSANZ activities since 2015 as Victoria branch executive and secretary. She co-chairs the TSANZ Clinical Care and Resources Sub-Committee since 2021. In addition, Yet is the Convenor for the OLIV SIG and the co-deputy chair of the Methodologist Working Group. She has also been active in international respiratory societies, as a member of the American Thoracic Society Clinical Problems Assembly Program Committee and the early-career editor for the Interstitial Lung Disease Section of European Respiratory Journal.
<h4>Professor</br>Hubertus PA Jersmann</br><span style="font-size:14px;color:#999">MBBS, MD, PhD, FRACP, FThorSoc, AMA(M)</span></h4>

Professor
Hubertus PA Jersmann
MBBS, MD, PhD, FRACP, FThorSoc, AMA(M)

Board Secretary

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Professor Hubertus Jersmann is a Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Specialist. He was born in Germany and after specialist qualification in Australia he completed a PhD and spent many years in laboratory based immune system research. He now practices at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Alice Springs Hospital.

At the University of Adelaide, he lectures across all six years of the undergraduate course and was instrumental in introducing climate change into the medical curriculum. He lectures on the topic at both, Flinders and Adelaide Universities. As a Respiratory Physician Professor Jersmann has a special interest in the effects of air pollution on respiratory health. Improving air quality and Australian fuel standards is one of his keen objectives as one of the Directors of the Board of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ).

<h4>Dr Kimberley Wang</br><span style="color: #999;font-size: 14px">B(HONS),PhD, </span></h4>

Dr Kimberley Wang
B(HONS),PhD,

Chair of the conference subcommittee

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Dr. Kimberley Wang is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia. Kimberley’s research explores three vital themes: understanding associations between low birth weight and asthma, characterising airway fat in the context of comorbid obesity-asthma and testing drugs to mitigate excessive airway muscle. Kimberley’s impactful research, highlighting the potential origins of asthma in the womb, has garnered attention through newspapers, radio and TV interviews. Beyond research achievements, she constantly pays it forward, through her passion for advocacy, where she actively promotes STEM careers for females and future generation. 

<h4>Associate Professor Cecilia Prele </br><span style="color: #999;font-size: 14px">BSc (Hons), PhD</span></h4>

Associate Professor Cecilia Prele
BSc (Hons), PhD

Chair of the Research Subcommittee

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A/Prof Cecilia Prêle is a Principal Investigator and Head of the Tissue Repair and Fibrosis Group at the Institute for Respiratory Health, UWA. She also holds the position of Associate Professor in Pathology, at Murdoch University. A/Prof Prêle completed her PhD at University College London in the UK and following a postdoctoral position at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital and King College London she moved to Perth in 2002. For the past 20 years her research has focused on understanding the body’s response to damage, specifically on inflammation and the development of fibrosis, and the mechanisms responsible for regulating tissue repair following injury. Her research team, together with their collaborators, have worked to better understand the cell-mediated and molecular drivers of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). They have identified some of the signal transduction pathways that influence how cells within the lung behave. Recently they have shown that immune cells play a role in shaping the local lung environment in IPF, providing the cues and signals that may be responsible for the excessive fibrosis. They are currently investigating the potential benefit of immunotherapy approaches in lung fibrosis.

Over the course of her career A/Prof Prêle has held a number of leadership positions including; Staff-elected Board member for the Institute for Respiratory Health, Steering Committee for the Australian Rare Lung Disease Short Course, Leadership Committee for the International Colloquium on Lung and Airway Fibrosis, Executive committee for the UWA-Helmholtz Zentrum Munich-University College London Research Network. She was Deputy Section Editor for Fibrogenesis and Tissue Repair, Guest Editor for Clinical Translational Immunology and for Biomedicines. A/Prof Prele is Deputy Editor for Respirology and Associate Editor for Frontiers Pharmacoloy; Respiratory Pharmacology. She has previously served the TSANZ community as a member of the TSANZ Education and Training Sub-committee and more recently as a member of TSANZ Research Committee.

<h4>Associate Professor Nicole Goh</br></br><span style="font-size:14px;color:#999">MBBS, FRACP, PhD</span></h4>

Associate Professor Nicole Goh

MBBS, FRACP, PhD

Australian Branch Director

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Dr Nicole Goh is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. She trained as a specialist respiratory and sleep medicine physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Austin Hospital in Melbourne before completing her training at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. She obtained her PhD at the Imperial College in London (UK) on “prognostic evaluation of interstitial lung disease secondary to systemic sclerosis.

Nicole works at the Austin and Alfred Hospitals as a respiratory and sleep medicine physician. She manages all respiratory and sleep disorders but has a particular interest in interstitial lung diseases. She is the Director of the Interstitial Lung Disease Service at the Austin Hospital.

Subcommittees

The Subcommittees of TSANZ ​consist of highly committed individuals who volunteer their time and expertise. They serve as the subject matter experts on key areas pertaining to the Society.

The Subcommittees report through their Chairperson to the Board.

The Subcommittee activities are governed by Terms of Reference.

Current Members of TSANZ Subcommittees:
Finance, Risk and Governance
Chair:John Upham
Members:Stuart Jones, Anne Holland, James Fingleton, Natasha Smallwood
Terms of Reference:Download PDF
education and training
Chair:Vanessa McDonald 
Members:Subash Srikantha, Nia Luxton, Deborah Yates, Sandra Chuang, Lauren Ng, Greg Frazer, Hubertus Jersmann, Robert Carroll, Patricia Hullah, Jo Harrison, Vikas Goyal, Miriam Cameron, Astrid Gardiner, Dilip Jayasimhan, Leona Dowman, Matthew Gibney
Terms of Reference:Download PDF
CLINICAL CARE AND RESOURCES
Chair:Yet Hong Khor
Members:Paul Leong, Christopher Lim, Ajay Kevat, Josephine McCabe, Arwel Jones, Deborah Macfie, Hayley Barnes, Kelly Sweerus
Terms of Reference:Download PDF
Professional Standards
Chair:Hubertus Jersmann
Members:Christiaan Yu, Pamela Laird, Nathan Ward, Himanshu Gard, Roland Meyer, Catherine Buchan, Monica Hatch, Vikas Goyal, Christopher Chew
Terms of Reference:Download PDF
Research
Chair:Cecilia Prêle
Members:Rebecca Disler, Maria Sukkar, Shafagh Waters, Conroy Wong, Kimberley Wang, Narelle Cox, Eugene Roscioli, Edward Fysh, Arwel Jones, Bronwyn Brew, Chandnee Ramkissoon & Nusrat Homaira
Terms of Reference:Download PDF
Registries and Clinical Quality
Chairs:James Fingleton (Co-Chair), Gary Anderson (Co-Chair)
Members:Cecilia Prêle, Peter Gibson, Peter Middleton, Natasha Smallwood, Ajay Kevat
Terms of Reference:Download PDF

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