About the authors


Meet the HANDI project team

The HANDI Project Team includes RACGP project staff and well-known clinical experts from the Australian primary healthcare sector.

Professor Paul Glasziou (chair)

Professor Paul Glasziou

Paul Glasziou FRACGP, PhD is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University and a part-time GP.

He was the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford from 2003-2010.
His key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice.





Statement of Competing Interests: none declared


Associate Professor Marie Pirotta

Associate Professor Marie Pirotta

Dr Marie Pirotta is an Associate Professor in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne, a NHMRC Career Development Fellow and a practising GP.

Her main research interest are in evidence-based practice complementary therapies and is involved in clinical trials of acupuncture, probiotics and herbal medicines.




Statement of Competing Interests: none declared


Dr John W Bennett

Dr John W Bennett

Dr John Bennett PhD FRACGP FACHI works full time as a GP in two practices in St Lucia and Toowong, in Brisbane.

Dr Bennett is a member of the RACGP's National Standing Committee – Information Technology in Clinical Practice.

He has particular interests in applying research evidence in practice, mental health, and patient education.




Statement of Competing Interests: none declared


Professor Tammy Hoffmann

Professor Tammy Hoffmann

Dr Tammy Hoffmann is an Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University.

Her main research interests are in evidence-based practice; shared decision making; and the self-management, rehabilitation and secondary prevention of chronic conditions, especially stroke and falls. She also has a particular interest in non-pharmacological interventions and is currently involved in a number of initiatives to facilitate the translation of effective interventions into practice.



Statement of Competing Interests: none declared


Professor Jane Gunn

Professor Jane Gunn

Prof Jane Gunn is Chair of Primary Care Research and Head of the Academic Centre for General Practice and Primary Health Care. She serves on many professional committees including the NHMRC Research Committee, National Prescribing Service MedicineInsight Advisory Group, National Mental Health Service Planning Framework Committee (NMHSPF) and is Chair of the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local Board of Directors.

A GP in active practice, her current research interests include depression and multimorbidity, which investigates the complex interplay between emotional well-being, physical health and illness.


Statement of Competing Interests: none declared


Dr Peter Greenberg

Dr Peter Greenberg

Peter Greenberg MD PhD FRACP is a consultant general physician in the Department of General Medicine and the Melbourne EpiCentre at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), Honorary Principal Fellow, Dept. of Medicine RMH and School of Population Health, University of Melbourne and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.

His main interests are teaching evidence based clinical practice and assisting consumers to make optimal decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.


Statement of Competing Interests: none declared


Professor Sally Green

Professor Sally Green

Sally Green is Co-Director of the Australasian Cochrane Centre and a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine from Monash University in addition to her clinical qualifications in Physiotherapy.

Professor Green is a practicing Manipulative Physiotherapist and APA member and is a member of the National Health Medical Research Council’s Health Care Committee.



Statement of Competing Interests:  Prof Sally Green  has received research funding from Australian Department of Health and Ageing; Australian National Health and Medical Research Council; Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative (Transport Accident Commission) and the Physiotherapy Registration Board of Victoria.

Sally is a practicing physiotherapist in part-time private physiotherapy practice (self employed), and as such receives remuneration for the delivery of physiotherapy interventions.


Professor Kim Bennell

Professor Kim Bennell

Kim is a Professor in the Department of Physiotherapy, at the University of Melbourne, Director of the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, and an ARC Future Fellow.

Her main research interest is in improving conservative, non-drug management of musculoskeletal conditions particularly osteoarthritis and she currently holds an NHMRC Program grant in this area.




Statement of Competing Interests: Prof Kim Bennelle receive royalties for an ASICS Osteoarthritis Unloading Shoe


Dr Dan Ewald

Dr Dan Ewald

Dr Dan Ewald splits his work time between being a GP in private practice on the Far North Coast of NSW, a GP in an Aboriginal Medical Service, Clinical Adviser to North Coast NSW Medicare Local and Adjunct Ass Prof Sydney Uni Medical School. He is involved in a number of policy and guidelines forums including for NSW Health and RACGP and Chairs GPNSW.

He is interested in building a strong primary care sector to deliver evidence based health care. His main wish is for more time to fit everything in.



Statement of Competing Interests: none declared


Dr Ben Ewald

Dr Ben Ewald

Ben is a general practitioner in suburban Newcastle, and an academic GP with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle. Previously he has worked with divisions of general practice, and in Aboriginal health during 10 years in Alice Springs.

Ben is currently running various research projects in the areas of physical activity coaching, injuries related to cycling, and step counts in older people. He is convinced that physical inactivity is the predominant public health threat of the 21st century in Australia, now that smoking is a peculiar minority activity.


Statement of Competing Interests: none declared


Associate Professor Jan Radford

Associate Professor Jan Radford

Jan Radford (FRACGP, FARGP, MPsychMed, MEd, MBBS) is Associate Professor of General Practice at the University of Tasmania. She is based in Launceston where she has worked as a GP for 30 years. Jan is an academic general practitioner with extensive experience in curriculum development, delivery and assessment for medical training at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also deputy-chair of General Practice Training Tasmania, deputy associate head of the Launceston Clinical School and a member of the RACGP’s Expert Committee - Research.

Jan's research interests include medical education, primary care systems redesign, the use of routinely collected medical record data as a research tool, and translating evidence into practice using all of these approaches.

Statement of Competing Interests: none declared


Dr David King

Dr David King

David King is an academic GP who has taught evidence-based medicine to students and doctors for over 20 years. He is a senior lecturer in the discipline of General Practice, University of Queensland, and does clinical sessions in student health and refugee health.

His research interests include medical education, mental health, respiratory infections and health promotion.

Exercise and healthy lifestyle are important to his own sense of well-being.


Statement of Competing Interests: none declared