Meet our 2023 MACH-Track trainees

  • Dr Alex Besson

    Doctor

    Dr Besson completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University before commencing medical training at the University of Melbourne.

    In 2021, Dr Besson graduated with a Master of Traumatology from the University of Newcastle, and in 2023 will commence his first year of general surgical training.

    Dr Besson currently works at Western Health, where his interest in research led him to become one of the founding members of the Western Health Surgical Research Group (WestSuRG) research collaborative.

    Presently, he is particularly interested in colorectal cancer and colorectal surgery, and aims to further investigate the relationship between body composition and chemotherapy dosing and toxicities in colorectal cancer treatment.

    Through MACH-Track, Dr Besson hopes to contribute to research that advances the care of surgical patients and also inspires others to consider a similar career path.

  • Ms Nicola Burgess

    Physiotherapist

    Ms Burgess completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2018, graduating as Dux.

    She now works as a clinical physiotherapist and was recently appointed to a senior orthopaedic outpatient position at Austin Health, providing rehabilitation to various post-surgical orthopaedic populations.

    Having worked in a variety of areas along the care continuum, from the Intensive Care Unit through to subacute and community physiotherapy, Ms Burgess has developed a particular interest in prehabilitation and improving multi-disciplinary perioperative care pathways to ensure patients get the best possible post-surgery outcomes.

    Ms Burgess is passionate about embedding a positive research culture into physiotherapy clinical practice and is excited by the opportunity of raising the profile of allied health in clinical research.

  • Ms Talia Clohessy

    Physiotherapist

    Ms Clohessy completed her Bachelor of Science (Human Physiology), before graduating with a Doctor of Physiotherapy (with Dean’s Honours) at the University of Melbourne.

    She currently works as a physiotherapist at the Austin Hospital, largely rotating through cardiorespiratory settings which includes both clinical and research work within the ICU. Through her work, Ms Clohessy is involved with the Victorian Respiratory Support Service and Victorian Spinal Cord Service – unique state-wide services that help care for patients with lifelong disability.

    Ms Clohessy is passionate about using her advanced clinical training to inform and enact practice change. Her specific interests are cardiorespiratory and ventilatory management and neurological recovery for those living with neurodegenerative diseases.

    Through MACH-Track, she hopes to develop the skills and experience needed to help improve patient and health-care system outcomes.

  • Dr Annabelle Huguenin

    Doctor

    Dr Huguenin is an obstetrics and gynaecology trainee at the Royal Women’s Hospital.

    After completing her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) at Monash University, she developed an interest in the role health leadership plays in driving quality improvement.

    Supported by a Fulbright Future Scholarship, Dr Huguenin completed a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, where she developed a passion for evidence-based leadership.

    Dr Huguenin’s research will focus on the importance of building leadership capabilities in the workforce to improve safety, quality, efficiency and workforce sustainability in the healthcare system.

    The MACH-Track program will allow her to build a professional network, form a think-tank to innovatively collaborate and contribute solutions to the complex issues facing healthcare demand.

  • Dr Roshan Karri

    Doctor

    Dr Karri has been selected to embark on the RANZCO Ophthalmology Vocational Training Pathway at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in 2023.

    He attained his Bachelor of Biomedicine and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy at the Centre for Eye Research (CERA) in the field of medical retina.

    A self-taught data scientist with a particular interest in machine learning, Dr Karri continues to publish research in the AI space, including the first system for predicting clinical trajectories of COVID-19 patients in Australia.

    Dr Karri’s long-term goal is to develop scalable, cloud-based technologies to serve as diagnostic and prognostic aids in ophthalmology. His vision is to use technology to democratise early access to the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.

  • Dr Paul Kinsella

    Doctor

    Dr Kinsella studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he graduated in 2012 and obtained membership (MRCPI) in 2015.

    Moving to Australia, he undertook physician training at the Austin Hospital where he is currently a joint trainee in microbiology and infectious diseases.

    This year, he is a microbiology registrar at Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL). In 2023, he will complete his final year of training as an infectious diseases fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

    Through MACH-Track, Dr Kinsella hopes to pursue research to introduce novel laboratory technologies, or repurpose current technologies, to improve patient outcomes and to measure impact to maximise benefit.

  • Dr William Mitchell

    Doctor

    Dr Mitchell is an advanced ophthalmic trainee at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

    In 2016, he graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor Surgery, and holds a Diploma of Clinical Education from the University of Melbourne.

    In 2019, Dr Mitchell received a General Sir John Monash scholarship to complete a Master of Public Health at Harvard University.

    Dr Mitchell has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at international ophthalmic conferences.

    He has a strong research interest in epidemiology to help address inequalities for remote Australian and international populations in accessing clinical and surgical care.

    Dr Mitchell is excited to pursue this research through MACH-Track and broaden his scope with the teams at CERA.

  • Dr Rochelle Sleaby

    Doctor

    Dr Sleaby is a general practice registrar with research interests in preventative medicine and women’s health.

    She completed a Bachelor of Biomedicine and Master of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne and the Baker Institute, followed by a Doctor of Medicine at Bond University.

    Prior to commencing general practice in Melbourne, Dr Sleaby worked at Metro North Hospital and Health Service in Queensland and at Monash Health in Victoria.

    Dr Sleaby was awarded a competitive academic post with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne. Here, she investigated screening and prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus after gestational diabetes in primary care.

    Through MACH-Track, Dr Sleaby hopes to improve the translation of innovative, evidence-based medicine to improve health outcomes for at-risk populations in primary care.

  • Ms Ingrid Sutherland

    Nurse

    Ms Sutherland works as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the Department of Neurodevelopment and Disability at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

    She completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) at Manukau Institute of Technology in New Zealand in 1996. In 2019, she completed her Master of Advanced Nursing Practice at Melbourne University.

    Since 2016, Ms Sutherland has worked in her current role, caring for children with physical and intellectual disabilities, and supporting their parents and guardians.

    She has a keen interest in equitable and accessible healthcare for children with an intellectual disability, particularly those living regionally and/or part of culturally and linguistically diverse families.

    In the MACH-Track program, Ms Sutherland aims to develop skills to advocate for children with disabilities, as well as gain the knowledge and connections to build her expertise in specialist disability nursing.