Meet the Team

The ABDR team at Monash University is comprised of academics, clinical specialists in plastic and reconstructive, cosmetic and breast surgery, researchers, data managers and support staff.

Professor Susannah Ahern 
Head of Registry Science Program
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine

Prof.  Susannah Ahern is the Head of the Registry Science and Research Program at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) at Monash University, where she leads a number of registries including the Australian Breast Device Registry, the Australian Dementia Network Registry, the Australasian Pelvic Floor Procedure Registry and the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Data Registry.  As a previous medical administrator, she is course Coordinator of the Master of Health Management/Master Health Administration at SPHPM.  She is a member of the Australian Commission in Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Advisory Committee for CQRs, the Commonwealth Department of Health’s CQR Strategy Expert Advisory Group and the Victorian DHHS’s CQR Advisory Group.  Susannah represents the ABDR on the TGA Breast Implant Expert Working Group and the International Collaboration of Breast Registry Activities (ICOBRA).

The ABDR Project Team is housed at the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Academic Lead: Professor Susannah Ahern  

Research/Project Manager: Dr. Dilinie Herbert (03) 9903 0101 (

Relationship Manager: Judy Hankin (03) 9903 0205 (

Registry Operations Manager: Sally McInnes (

Ethics Research Officer: Hilary Young (03) 9903 0260 (

Database & Data Linkage Project Manager: Saeid Kalbasi (

PROMs (Patient Reported Outcome Measures): Sharon Lee (, Renee Conroy

Communication projects: Trish Nichols

A/Prof Gillian Farrell
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Cabrini Hospital Brighton
Suite 4 / 243 New Street
Brighton, Vic 3186

Mr Patrick Tansley
The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine (ACCSM)
Wickham House
Level 1, 155 Wickham Terrace
Spring Hill, Qld 4000

Miss Melanie Walker
Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand Inc. (BreastSurgANZ)
29 Specialist Centre
29 Hastings Rd
Frankston, Vic 3199