COMMITTEE & STAFF
Professor Markus Seibel AM, Chair
Professor Markus Seibel is an Endocrinologist at the University of Sydney and heads the Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism at Concord Hospital, Sydney. He is an active clinician in the field of bone and mineral metabolism and passionate about improving fracture prevention for all Australians. Markus has many years of experience in running and analysing secondary fracture prevention programs. He currently chairs the Alliance’s Governing Committee.
Member Organisation: Australia & New Zealand Bone & Mineral Society
Professor Tania Winzenberg, Deputy Chair
Professor Tania Winzenberg is an academic general practitioner and epidemiologist with a longstanding research focus on the betterment of bone health, particularly in younger women and in children. She is a member of the Australian New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Through the RACGP, she has been involved in writing both preventive guidelines and treatment guidelines for osteoporosis. Tania is also osteoporosis editor of the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group for the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
Member Organisation: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Professor Cathie Sherrington, Secretary
Professor Cathie Sherrington is a Professorial Research Fellow and National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship holder at the School of Public Health and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health University of Sydney/ Sydney Local Health District where she leads the Physical Activity, Ageing and Disability Research Stream. Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of falls prevention and exercise interventions for older people and those with disabilities. Prior to completing a PhD and Masters of Public Heath, Cathie was a physiotherapist in aged care and rehabilitation settings.
Member Organisation: Australia & New Zealand Fall Prevention Society
Ann Robinson, Treasurer
Ann Robinson is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner (NP) having graduated from James Cook University with a Masters of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner in 2012. Ann is Past President of the Endocrine Nurses Society of Australasia (ENSA) and has worked across both public and private health systems with a special interest in bone health and fracture prevention. Ann currently works at Gold Coast Health as a Nurse Practitioner collaborating between hospital and community services to improve osteoporosis awareness and care.
Member Organisations: Endocrine Nurses Society of Australasia and Australian College of Nurse Practitioners
Professor Jacqui Close
Professor Jacqui Close is a clinician and academic in the field of geriatric medicine. Her particular area of interest is in surgery for older people and she has worked in the field of orthogeriatrics for almost 20 years. She is the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine and Co-Chairs the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry.
Member Organisation: Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine
Professor Mark Kotowicz
Professor Kotowicz is an endocrinologist and clinical investigator whose research activities have focused on the pathophysiology, epidemiology and treatment of osteoporosis. He was among the first to recognise that a fragility fracture increased the risk of subsequent fracture and reported this relationship between vertebral and hip fracture. He is Director of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University Hospital Geelong, Professor of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Deakin University, a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne Medical School-Western Campus and a former Chair of the Therapeutics Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.
Member Organisation: Endocrine Society of Australia
Patricia (Trish) Stabback
Patricia (Trish) Stabback lived on a winery at Peel, NSW, and taught at MacKillop College for 27 years, finishing as Assistant Principal. Trish then retired to Arrawarra (near Coffs Harbour) in 2006.Trish joined CWA in Bathurst but committed participation was difficult as she was teaching full time.Both her grandmother and mother had instilled in her a passion for volunteering.
So, in 2006, Trish began her Woolgoolga CWA life as Branch Secretary and Councillor and Delegate to State Conference. She then became Group Secretary, followed by President/Executive Representative. In 2016, she was elected as State Vice President, and appointed by the State Office Bearers to chair the newly-re-formed Social Issues Committee. In 2017, Trish was appointed as a moderator for the CWA Closed members Facebook page, and also to membership of the Executive Sub-Committee reviewing the CWA’s Structure.
Member Organisations: Country Women's Association of Australia and Country Women's Association of NSW
Dr Bianca Wong
Bianca Wong obtained Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of British Columbia, Canada in 2000. She graduated in Medicine at the Flinders University in 2004 and completed training as a Geriatrician in 2012. Dr Wong is recognised as a Geriatrician in Perioperative Medicine with her growing clinical experience through implementation of the first shared-care hip fracture model of care in South Australia in 2017 and in 2021 she is also a member of the Statewide Surgical and Perioperative Care committee in developing perioperative optimisation project in line with best practice evidence- based medicine and being patient-centred. NALHN Orthogeriatric service continues to be the best performing trauma centre in SA since 2017; this is achieved through her leadership in linking stakeholders beyond implementation stage but empowering them to actively contribute to service sustainability by using implementation science.
Professor Ruurd 'Rudi' Jaarsma
Professor Ruurd 'Rudi' Jaarsma is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Flinders University and the clinical and academic head of the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide. He is an active orthopaedic trauma surgeon treating significant numbers of potentially preventable fractures. His passion is hip and femur fractures and he has a PhD in rotational malalignment after femur fractures. His academic team has many international collaborations, including multiple double degree PhD students, of (osteoporotic) fracture surgery.
James Ansell, Executive Officer
Mr James Ansell is the Executive Officer of the SOS Fracture Alliance. James' background is mainly in the area of Science Communication, he obtained a B.Sci (Hons) degree at the Australian National University and is a PhD Candidate with the Australian Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. From his previous and current work he has ample and relevant experience in the development of the Alliance's strategic vision.
Correspondence and enquiries for the SOS Fracture Alliance and its Committee Members can be sent to James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Bruce Armstrong
Professor Bruce Armstrong is a retired public health physician and public health academic with experience in health service management and operations, and good connections in the NSW Ministry of Health and WA Health Department. He has substantial epidemiological and health services research experience and is contributing to the design of the national secondary fracture prevention program and to establishing what key areas of government are likely to give their support.
Paul Mitchell has spent the last two decades working on programs to improve fragility fracture care and prevention throughout the world. Paul has served as an advisor to government organisations in New Zealand and the UK. Paul is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Osteoporosis New Zealand, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia and Managing Director of Synthesis Medical NZ Ltd.
Professor Kerrie Sanders
Professor Kerrie Sanders has been working in clinical research of osteoporosis for more than 20 years and combines this experience with her interest in health economics. In collaboration with Jenny Watts and Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Kerrie has produced Australian and individual state reports on Burden of Disease analyses for osteoporosis and related fracture 2012 to 2022. Kerrie is a member of several editorial boards and national and international scientific advisory committees including Osteoporosis Australia and the International Osteoporosis Foundation.