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2017 Conference Speakers

2017 SASMA Conference Presenter Profiles

SASMA is proud to present a fantastic line up of presenters for the 2017 SASMA Members Conference. Below is a profile on each of the presenters:

Professor Mark Hutchinson

Professor Mark Hutchinson will be presenting the Henry Kneebone Keynote Presentation at this years conference. Professor Hutchinson is a Professor within the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide and the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.

Professor Hutchinson returned to the University of Adelaide in 2009 as an NHMRC CJ Martin Research Fellow, and established the Neuroimmunopharmacology research laboratory. From 2005 to 2009 Mark worked in the world leading laboratory of Prof Linda Watkins in the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Here he pioneered with Prof Watkins the research which has led to the discovery of novel drug activity at innate immune receptors.

Professor Hutchinson is a world-leader in the field of psychoneuroimmunology and has brought his passion, energy, wealth of knowledge and expertise back to Adelaide where he is now the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics.

Mark’s research has implicated the brain immune-like cells in the action of drugs of dependence and the negative side effects of pain treatments.

Mark has published over 100 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings.

Professor Catherine Hill

Professor Catherine Hill is a clinical rheumatologist and epidemiologist with research expertise in osteoarthritis, randomised clinical trials, vasculitis and population epidemiology. She is currently a Lead Researcher at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research.

As Chief Investigator of the North West Adelaide Health Study (NWAHS), Prof Hill was instrumental in adding the musculoskeletal data collection to this study in 2004. Work from this study has been published as part of the Global Burden of Disease study published in the Lancet (December 2012), which identified musculoskeletal diseases one of the three most important diseases in terms of global disease burden.

Professor Hill previously led a multi-centre NHMRC funded project grant to study the effects of fish oil supplementation on symptoms and structural progression over two years in knee osteoarthritis in a multi-centre RCT and subsequent collaborations have resulted in two current NHMRC-funded multi-centre Osteoarthritis trials into the role of statins and zolendronic acid in knee Osteoarthritis.

Prof Hill’s most recent research interest is in Giant Cell Arteritis, the most common vasculitis in the elderly that can lead to blindness and stroke. In 2009 she established the South Australian Giant Cell Arteritis Registry which has resulted in further knowledge about this condition in Australia for the first time and has resulted in both national and international collaborations.

Catherine is also involved in OMERACT (Outcome Measures in Rheumatology) which is an independent initiative of international health professionals interested in outcome measures in rheumatology. At the 2015 meeting, she co-chaired a SIG on remission in RA and will be involved at the next OMERACT in the areas of PMR and corticosteroid adverse events.

Catherine was one of 6 finalists in The Hospital Research Foundations 50th Anniversary Awards in 2015.


Dr Christian Barton

Dr Christian Barton, is a physiotherapist and Post-Doctoral Researcher at La Trobe University with a highly respected international research profile, with more than 40 peer reviewed publications in Sports Medicine, Biomechanics and Rehabilitation journals . He specialises in the management of difficult to treat, long term sports or recreational exercise injuries. He has a particular interest in the knee including patellofemoral pain and running related injuries.

Dr Barton specialises in exercise rehabilitation and is a world-leader in running retraining. Dr Barton’s research has focussed on the knee including patellofemoral pain, ACL reconstruction and osteoarthritis. He is also an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Sports Medicine.



Dr Ebonie Rio

Dr Ebonie Rio has a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and is a Post-Doctural Researcher at La Trobe University and has completed her Phd in tendon pain. Her research has received many awards including the Victorian Fresh Scientist of the year 2015, the BJSM young investigator Best Clinical Paper 2014 and the Professor Mollie Holman medal for the best thesis of the faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University 2015 and the ECR best paper 2015.

Her clinical career has included Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Ballet Company, Melbourne Heart Football Club, Victorian Institute of Sport, Commonwealth Games 2006, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and the 2012 London Paralympics. Dr Rio has a clinical interest in the management of tendon injuries, the lumbo-pelvic region and dance injuries.

Dr Andrew Potter

Dr Andrew Potter is a Sports & Exercise Medicine Physician based in Adelaide. He was previously President of the SA Branch of SMA and the Senior Medical Officer for the Adelaide Football Club. In 2012, Dr Potter was appointed to the Court of Examiners of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians and regularly examines for their specialist qualification. He has also been the course coordinator and lecturer for the “Sports Medicine in General Practice” Course in South Australia.

Dr Potter has been a medical officer for Australian Rules Football since 1980, including with the SANFL and AFL, and has served on the AFL Doctors Association Executive Committee, of which he has been President since 2012. He spent 19 years with the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, has worked with the SA Cricket team as well as been an Australian Olympic Team doctor at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Dr John Baranoff

Dr John Baranoff is a psychologist and has been a consultant to the Complex Injury Group since 2004 as well as undertaking research in the area of psychological adjustment to chronic pain and injury rehabilitation. John works with people who have chronic pain on both an individual basis and as part of the multidisciplinary team.

Dr Baranoff has worked with a range of athletes from developmental to elite level. He currently involved in consultancy work to the AFL Players Association and the Australian Institute of Sport/Cycling Australia.

He has endorsement from the Psychological Board of Australia in clinical psychology, health psychology and sports and exercise psychology.

 Dr Richard Hillock

Dr Richard Hillock is a highly qualified Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist who completed his Fellowship in Electrophysiology and Pacing at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has a strong interest in ablation of atrial fibrillation and atrial tachycardia and is the present Chairman of SA Heart.

He has extensive experience with current leading technologies in arrhythmias and pacing, including new ablation techniques and pacemakers/defibrillators.

Dr Hillock has been involved in several research projects including:

-        Characterisation of electrophysiology substrates in patients with focal atrial tachycardia.

-        BNP infusion in post-myocardial infarction population and the effect on left ventricular remodelling.

-        Neurohormonal response to components of cardiac resynchronisation therapy in chronic heart failure.

 Dr Jonathan Heysen

Dr Jonathan Heysen is a Radiologist based at Dr Jones & Partners and specialises in Musculoskeletal Imaging, Cross Sectional Body Imaging, Bone and Joint MRI and General Radiology. He has an interest in Sports Medicine imaging.

Dr Heysen graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and went on to complete the South Australian Radiology Training Program between 1994 and 1999.

In 1999, Dr Heysen was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand college of Radiologists (FRANZCR). In 2000, he worked in the United Kingdom as a traveling Fellow in Radiology at Guys and St. Thomas Hospitals in London and at Kent and Sussex District General Hospital in Kent.

Upon his return to Adelaide in 2001, Dr Heysen was employed full time as Staff Specialist at Royal Adelaide Hospital.

In 2003, Dr Heysen completed an Advanced Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course, with high distinction, at University of South Australia.

He is a member of the Radiological Society of North America and the Australian Musculoskeletal Interest Group (AMSIG).