The leadership team established WABRC in 2016 and continue to manage and build collaborations and collaborative projects in order to promote improved bone health.

A/Prof Paola Chivers
Senior Research Fellow

She Chairs and drives an authentic collaborative of researchers, clinicians and academics toward improving bone health across the lifespan. Her research interests area aligned with improving health outcomes for these individuals including exercise as medicine. A/Prof Chivers provides biostatistical and research methodology consultancy across the health sector.

She is a co-founder of the WABRC, and the academic / operations lead for the collaboration.

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A/Prof Nicolas Hart
Senior Research Fellow

His research focuses on people with advanced cancer and bone metastases; and the musculoskeletal health of cancer survivors. He also conducts research and consults to elite sports teams to screen, prevent, and remediate stress fractures in male and female athletes.

He is a co-founder of the WABRC, and the research lead for the collaboration.

Profile @UTS @Flinders @ECU @UNDA

Clinical Prof Aris Siafarikas
Paediatric Endocrinologist

He specialises in bone metabolism working at Perth Children’s Hospital and holds adjunct positions with University of Western Australia, The University of Notre Dame Australia and Edith Cowan University.

He is a co-founder of the WABRC, and the clinical lead for the collaboration.

Profile @UWA @ECU @UNDA

Dr Timo Rantalainen
Senior Research Fellow

Based at the University of Jyväskylä with expertise in neuromuscular and skeletal systems, specifically skeletal adaptation to mechanical loading and neural control of muscles. Dr Rantalainen’s research interests include the effect of loading on bone geometry, neuromuscular function of muscle, muscle and bone adaptations with age, and the measurement of bone geometry using peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT).

He is a co-founder of the WABRC, and the international lead for the collaboration.
Jocelyn Tan
Research Fellow

Her research focus centres on Developmental Coordination Disorder and bone health outcomes across the lifespan. She has extensive experience in RCTs, data management, evaluations and genetic counselling.

She is the Wellbeing & Engagement Lead for the collaboration.

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The WABRC consists of an extended group of members, affiliates and higher degree research students.

Members and affiliates are engaged across a range of projects and include:

    • Dr Marc Sim, Edith Cowan University: Staff Profile
    • Prof Belinda Beck, Griffith University: Staff Profile
    • Dr Jodie Cochrane Wilkie, Edith Cowan University: Staff Profile
    • Dr Myles Murphy, Edith Cowan University & Notre Dame: Staff Profile
    • A/Prof Fleur McIntyre, Consultant
    • A/Prof Benjamin Weeks, Griffith University: Staff Profile

Current higher degree research students include:

    • Ms Jocelyn Tan, The University of Notre Dame Australia (PhD)
    • Dr Kiranjit Joshi, University of Western Australia (Phd)
    • Mr Abdullah Altaf, University of Western Australia (MD)

Graduated WABRC students include:

WABRC Life members recognise the significant contributions made by its retiring members to the establishment of the WABRC, its activities and ongoing mentorship.  Our life members have made a significant research contribution to advancing bone health research locally, nationally and internationally.


  • Prof Beth Hands, The University of Notre Dame Australia: Staff Profile
  • Clinical Prof Richard Prince, University of Western Australia: Staff Profile