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 Clinical Outcomes data Reporting and Research Program (CORRP)
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Prof.  Susannah Ahern is the Head of the Clinical Outcomes data Reporting and Research Program (CORRP) 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 School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Academic Lead: Professor Susannah Ahern

Senior Manager, Clinical Registries: Natalie Heriot ( (

Research Fellow: Dr. Dilinie Herbert (03) 9903 0101 (

Registry Operations Manager: Sally McInnes (

Database & Data Linkage Project Manager: Saeid Kalbasi (

Senior Project Officer: Delphine Allan (

PROMs (Patient Reported Outcome Measures): (

Research Support Officers: Uma Symons, Renee Conroy (

Ethics Enquiries:  (03) 9903 0260 (

Communication Projects: Trish Nichols

Dr Yvonne Chow (Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS))
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Office
Dandenong Hospital, David St
Dandenong, Vic 3175

Mr Patrick Tansley (Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine (ACCSM))
PO Box 36
Parramatta NSW 2124

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