Dr Angelita Martini, Director Brightwater Research Centre
Angelita has worked in public health practice, education and research since 1988, and holds a PhD, Master of Public Health, and Graduate Diploma of Education. Her research is focused on the health needs of vulnerable Australians, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and families impacted by cancer. She has extensive experience in policy and health services research, leading to substantial influence on policy and practice through successful collaboration with community, government, industry and non-government organisations.
Elly Williams, Senior Research Officer
Elly completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 2013, and Master of Public Health in 2015. Elly has worked in the Brightwater research team since November 2015 on a range of projects across aged care and disability services. Her main research interests are public health and health service utilisation, and she is passionate about using research to inform and change service provision and clinical practice. Elly’s work will now have a major focus on disability research, while providing statistical support within the research centre.
Dr Alexandra Seewann, Nutrition Research Program Lead
Alexandra obtained her medical degree at The Medical University of Graz, Austria in 2004. Since qualifying she has worked as Neurology registrar in Austria, the Netherlands and Australia. She developed a special interest for neurodegenerative and neuro-inflammatory disorders, which led to PhD studies at the Free University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, which focussed on imaging and histopathology in Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke. Alexandra is passionate about disease prevention and the influence of lifestyle choices, especially nutrition and exercise, on health and disease. Alexandra’s work is centred around nutrition in neurological disease.
Dr Nicky Brosnan, Neurodisability Evaluation And Training Coordinator
Nicky qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2005 in the UK and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Glasgow. She has worked in NHS neurorehabilitation, neuropsychiatry, neurobehavioural and post-acute stroke services since qualifying. Nicky is the Senior Clinical Psychologist at Brightwater Oats Street and with the NDIS team, and has a special interest in rehabilitation design and outcomes. Her passion is service development and improving training for those working with ABI demonstrated through her work securing a large grant and becoming project lead for Psychological Adjustment After Stroke Training (PAAST) which is an online training package for NHS staff across stroke rehabilitation services.
Kate Gersbach, Palliative Care Project Coordinator
Kate is a Registered Nurse with a wide range of clinical experience in a diverse range of settings including acute care, mental health, general practice/primary care and dialysis. She has worked on a variety of health service improvement projects within the West Australian health sector. Her research experience includes coordination of a randomised clinical trial evaluating a model of care for cancer care and as a research officer on a qualitative research study exploring supported decision making for people living with dementia. Her current work within Brightwater is coordinating The Brightwater Palliative Care Research Project. Kate is passionate about improving consumer experience of their health care journey.
Melissa Hawksley, Nutrition Research Officer
Melissa holds a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from Edith Cowan University, and a Bachelor of Health Science from University of Tasmania. She has been working as a private practice dietitian since graduating in September 2017. Research formed a significant part of Melissa’s studies and has led to her developing a strong passion for research that improves health outcomes and quality of life of individuals within the local and broader community. Melissa is currently working on a nutrition based project at Brightwater Care with Dr Alexandra Seewann and Dr Angelita Martini that aims to assess the influence of food additives on behaviour in elderly with dementia.
Annelize Prinsloo, Continence Project Coordinator
Annelize holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, with a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence and Women’s health) and is currently upgrading to a Masters. As a Physiotherapist she has worked in the private and government sector both in South Africa and Australia, and has worked for Brightwater over the last 8 year in residential and community care. She sits on a number of professional committees and is president of the Continence Foundation Australia – WA branch.
Katie Beros, Occupational Therapist and Research Assistant
Katie graduated from Curtin University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) (Honours). Katie’s honours project explored the value of community-based recreation for young people with intellectual disabilities and their typically developing peers. She currently works part-time as an occupational therapist at Brightwater Oats Street on the community team. Katie is currently part of the ICWA continence project at Brightwater, looking at using assistive technologies to improve independence and reduce cost of care for residents with TBI undergoing community rehabilitation. Katie is passionate about enabling people to engage in their local communities through promoting positive health outcomes, wellbeing and quality of life.
Joanne Scotney, Research Assistant
Joanne graduated from UWA in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (double major in psychology), and is completing a Master of Public Health. Her background is in business management. Joanne is passionate about vulnerable populations and is working casually with the research team to support data analysis and grant applications.