Inaugural Menzies Foundation Professor in Allied Health Research appointed

April 2015

Menzies Health Institute Queensland openingProfessor Suzanne Chambers has been appointed as the Inaugural Menzies Foundation Professor of Allied Health Research at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland.

Following hot on the heels of the appointment of Professor Sheena Reilly as the first Director of the Menzies HIQ, the team at Griffith University is set to lift the profile of allied health research in Australia.

The Menzies Foundation has partnered with Griffith University to launch its fourth health and medical research institute, which was opened on the Gold Coast by the Governor-General and Patron of the Menzies Foundation, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). 

Professor Chambers is a health psychologist and has worked as a practitioner and researcher in psychological support for people with cancer for over 25 years. She is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She has published extensively on the psychological effects of cancer and is currently leading large scale randomised control trials of interventions that address sexuality, lifestyle and unmet supportive care needs, and psychological distress in men with prostate cancer.

Prof Chambers has been a chief investigator on successful research grants valued at over $26.5 million including National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, Cancer Australia, Beyond Blue and Cancer Council Queensland. Her research is published in internationally leading journals.

Professor Reilly will move from Melbourne to the Gold Coast to join the Menzies HIQ team in June. Prof Reilly is currently Associate Director of Clinical and Public Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Professor of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne.

For more on Prof Reilly’s approach to her new role, read Griffith University’s story on her appointment. 

Photo caption from left: Menzies Foundation Chairman, Brian Doyle AM with Professor Suzanne Chambers, Professor Allan Cripps, Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) at Griffith University, and Professor Sheena Reilly at the launch of the Menzies HIQ.