UJV Board

The Raine Study is owned by an Unincorporated Joint Venture (UJV), a collaborative partnership between the University of Western Australia (the centre agent), Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, the University of Notre Dame, Telethon Kids Institute and the Women and Infants Research Foundation.

The UJV Board is responsible for the governance of the Raine Study, custodianship and control of the assets (such as the data, biological samples and intellectual property) and identifying, establishing and maintaining formal partners and collaborators.

The Board is overseen by our independent Chair, Catherine Resnick.

CATHERINE RESNICK, Chair, The Raine Study GAICD, GradDipAnPsychTh

Catherine brings a wealth of experience in strategy, commercialisation, digital technologies and cultural change. She has successfully established award winning and internationally recognised enterprises in digital health and education, following earlier forays in engineering/ construction and finance. Adept at identifying future trends and market gaps, Catherine has been instrumental in positioning organisations at the forefront of their respective industries, globally.

Formerly, Cath was the founder | CEO of KinChip Systems, a digital health platform delivering person centred solutions for the population health and real-world evidence markets. She is a non-executive director at Diabetes WA, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and held senior executive and board positions in the areas of mental health, youth, disability and education.


Participant Representative (Generation 2)

Roland was born into the Raine Study’s Generation 2 cohort intake between 1989 and 1992.  He has been a part of the Raine Study’s community outreach and cohort representation programs since the early 2000s and has stayed active through the formation of the Raine Study Community Advisory Committee in 2017. He started as the participant Generation 2 cohort representative on the Raine Study’s UJV Board in February 2024. Roland is a graduate of UWA and has 4 years’ experience in contract R&D for the pharmaceutical sector.


Participant Representative (Generation 1)

Martin is the parent of one of the original Raine Study babies, making him a Generation 1 participant  of the Raine Study. Martin works as the Executive Manager, Finance Business Services, Business Strategy and Finance with the WA Police Force.

Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Curtin University

Professor Melinda Fitzgerald is the Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research at Curtin University, John Curtin Distinguished Professor and CEO of Connectivity Traumatic Brain Injury, Australia.  Professor Fitzgerald leads a team of researchers and post-graduate students in research focused around understanding and preventing the loss of function that occurs following neurotrauma.  She is leading the AUS-TBI and AUS-mTBI national consortia aiming to design and deliver the informatics approaches for predicting outcome following moderate to severe and mild TBI.  In her role as Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Professor Fitzgerald has responsibility for the portfolios of higher degree research and research excellence, and focuses on enhancing success of researchers at all career stages.


Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, Murdoch University

Professor Peter Eastwood is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation at Murdoch University. He has held many academic and research-related leadership positions in Australia and Internationally. Previously, Professor Eastwood was Director of the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute and Dean of Research, College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University; Director of The Raine Study; Deputy Director of the Institute for Respiratory Health and inaugural Director of the Centre for Sleep Science at the University of Western Australia. He has been the Asia/Australasia representative on the World Sleep Society Governing Council; Past President of the Australasian Sleep Association and Immediate Past Editor in Chief of Respirology.

Professor Eastwood has made a significant contribution to understanding and improving the diagnosis and treatments of chronic lung disease and sleep disorders. His research is clinically orientated and undertaken in university and public hospital settings. He has published >250 peer-reviewed research papers and supervised many postgraduate research students across a broad range of disciplines including genomics, public health, rehabilitation and exercise science, life course health studies, metabolic health, neuroscience and chronic disease.

Chief Operations Director, Women and Infants Research Foundation

Deborah Attard Portughes is the inaugural Chief Operations Director of the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF). She has a background in business development, marketing and fundraising and experience in stakeholder management.  She was previously the Development Executive for the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). Prior to this, she worked in Malta where she taught Creative Thinking techniques with Professor Edward deBono.

Deb is currently on the board of Freeze Frame Opera, and previously served on the board of WA-based POWA Institute for Creative thinking, a not-for-profit insitute based on Edward deBono’s thinking methods.  Deb also worked as a family and commercial mediator and was an executive producer of a current affairs television program.

Director of Research, Telethon Kids Institute

Professor Elliott commenced as the Director of Research at the Telethon Kids Institute in 2020.  Her leadership role brings people together to work collaboratively to elevate the research excellence to improve the health and development of children.  Prior to starting at the Institute she was the Professorial Chair of Allied Health and Kids Rehab at Curtin University and the Child and Adolescent Health Services of Western Australia.

She is a chief investigator on over six NHMRC clinical trials or cohort studies and one NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in the area of cerebral palsy.  Catherine is currently the Chair of Kids Rehab at Child Adolescent Health Services (CAHS) and a Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy Social Work and Speech Pathology at Curtin University.

Associate Dean, School of Research, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Sciences, The University of Notre Dame Australia

Professor Gerard Hoyne is the Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery and Health Sciences at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Professor Hoyne has held research positions at Imperial College in London, the University of Edinburgh and was a Research Fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. He is Chair of the UNDA Human Research Ethics Committee and was recently appointed as Chair of the Raine Awards & Prizes Advisory Committee members. He was a co-founding scientist of a biotechnology company that was established in Cambridge in the UK.

Professor Hoyne has researched within the field of immunology for over 30 years investigating how the immune system regulates immune responses to self and foreign proteins at a cellular and molecular level. This has important implications in the development of autoimmune diseases such as allergies and diabetes. He is currently collaborating on a project investigating the role of immune cells in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis with colleagues at the Institute for Respiratory Health. Professor Hoyne has supervised and mentored PhD students in the fields of Sports Science, Outdoor Recreation as well as Health and Physical Education.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Vice-President, Edith Cowan University 

Professor Caroline Finch AO is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University with the responsibility for leading research, as well as being a highly accomplished academic and world-renowned researcher herself.

In 2018, Professor Finch was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to sports medicine, particularly in the area of injury prevention as an educator, researcher and author, and to the promotion of improved health in athletes and those who exercise.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) The University of Western Australia 

Professor Anna Nowak is acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and has responsibility for research policy development and leadership of the University’s research activities, postgraduate education, industry liaison, intellectual property and commercialisation.
Professor Nowak is a medical oncologist and clinician scientist who completed both her undergraduate medical degree and her PhD in tumour immunology at The University of Western Australia (UWA). A post-doctoral fellowship in clinical trials and quality of life research at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre in Sydney gave her a true bench to bedside research perspective. Anna has been a clinical academic in the UWA Medical School since 2005, and has built a strong research program encompassing laboratory, murine, translational and clinical trials work, with a focus on mesothelioma.
Anna’s research leadership experience includes her role as Pro Vice Chancellor (Health and Medical Research) at UWA, Associate Dean (Research) of UWA’s Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences, as Director of the National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases since 2018, and as Chair of the national brain cancer collaborative clinical trials group COGNO from 2017 to 2020. She is a member of the Cancer Council WA Board. Anna is passionate about mentoring, collaboration, building a positive culture for research staff and students, and women in science.

Representing The Raine Study at UJV Board Meetings are:

Professor Romola Bucks, Director, The Raine StudyPROFESSOR ROMOLA BUCKS MClinPsych, PhD, FAPS, MAICD
Director, The Raine Study
Pro Vice-Chancellor Health and Medical Research; Professor, School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Western Australia

Scientific Director, The Raine Study
Director of the Australian Child and Youth Wellbeing Atlas; Principal Research Fellow, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia

Operations Manager, The Raine Study

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