Editorial Board

Dr Irwin Lim
Sydney-based Rheumatologist & director of BJC Health, Editor of Rheumatology Republic.

I was galvanised to start a blog in late 2010 to try and rectify community attitudes to Methotrexate, and to do my bit to improve patient education. Over time, I’ve used social media to amplify my reach and as a way to reflect on what I do. Learning from the people I interacted with online helped shape educational initiatives with allied health professionals and GP groups, as well as a few public awareness campaigns. Our clinic then published an anti-inflammatory cookbook, closely followed by my book, Stuff You Should Know about RA. Rheumatology Republic seems the logical next step.

Dr David Liew
Rheumatologist and clinical pharmacologist at Austin Health in Melbourne, PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne

I’m a bona-fide older millennial rheumatologist cliché at times: not afraid of the tweets and the podcasts, often read articles on my phone, electronic medical records don’t make me cry (often). My PhD is in rheumatic immune-related adverse events from checkpoint inhibitors for cancer, but I will also jump at anything in the rheumatology-clinical pharmacology overlap. I really do believe that facilitating discussion and information sharing in rheumatology leads to better clinical practice and a better speciality, and that curiosity is what makes us great. On that note, other cultures and people fascinate me: even though it’s just a number, my friends and I have a competition to see who can visit 100 countries first (I am up to 65 now, but a lot of the easy ones are gone).

Dr Samuel Whittle
Rheumatologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide, Senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide, ANZMUSC Practitioner Fellow.

I am a full-time soccer parent and part-time rheumatologist. I try to squeeze in some academic work, mostly in the car during soccer practices. I’m interested in how we practice medicine, and how this can be informed by evidence, the humanities, scientific reasoning, teaching and phronesis. I also like to casually use terms such as phronesis. I’d prefer to be a professional athlete, and occasionally berate my parents for my modest genetic inheritance; I train in the gym as though I’m still a chance to make an Olympic team one day, which is probably good for me but may lead to some disappointment in future olympiads.

Ms Linda Bradbury
Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner. Manages the specialist AS clinic at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, co-ordinates genetics research programmes at the Queensland University of Technology.

I have over 30 year of nursing experience with the last 20 years being in rheumatology – not quite sure where that time went! More recently I became the first rheumatology nurse practitioner in Australia and am keen to promote the value of the rheumatology nurse – I believe a multi-disciplinary approach to the care of the rheumatology patient is vital. I am passionate not only about patient education but also about sharing evidence based practice with nursing and allied health colleagues, all of which I believe contributes to improving patient outcomes. In my spare time, I love watching most sports and am a keen ballroom and latin dancer!

Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger
Wellington-based Rheumatologist, Associate Dean at the University of Otago, on governing body of Health Informatics NZ.

I think best while outside and walk to and from work three days a week through the bush just to get some thinking time. I wish I had time to follow up on all the great ideas I get while walking. Teaching medical students keeps me optimistic for the future. Our young doctors are amazing, thoughtful, compassionate and dedicated people who ask hard questions and think outside the box. I explore my creativity outside medicine through baking delicious treats, singing while playing the uke and colour co-ordinating my wardrobe.

Associate Professor Helen Keen
Rheumatologist at Royal Perth Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospitals, research and teaching at UWA, PhD in Rheumatological Ultrasonography.

I’m a Rheumatologist in Perth; so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice. In my spare time I like to work on Rheumatology Republic, and have for a few years now been cooking my way through the Australian Woman’s Weekly Birthday Cake Cookbook.

Professor Stephen Hall
Rheumatologist at Cabrini Medical Center in Melbourne, Director of Emeritus Research where he has coordinated and conducted more than 200 clinical trials to date.

I have been in private practice for 34 years, a simple community practice with an interest in vasculitis and clinical trials. Social media is very new to me but clearly represents a useful direction for education and collegiality. I spend time yell at football (AFL, NRL) and being entertained by four grandchildren

Dr Claire Barrett
Rheumatologist in Redcliffe, runs outreach clinics to Longreach and Mackay, Senior Lecturer at University of Queensland.

I moved to Redcliffe in 1991 for a year and have got stuck. My very tolerant husband, Graeme (O & G), and I live with Misty, the beautiful Husky having achieved the very un-Australian dream of getting all 5 children leave home before they were 21. My special interest is pregnancy in RA. I hate to sit still and sleep very little. I like a physical challenge such as a marathon, an Olympic distance triathlon or getting to the top of Kilimanjaro; the fable of the tortoise and the hare is at the back of my mind, my target is always completion. To my children’s embarrassment the closest I come to social media is WhatsApp.

Ms Sarah Comensoli
Exercise physiologist and Manager of Allied health services at BJC Health, MBA

I’m an Accredited Exercise Physiologist based in Sydney, but initially hail from Wollongong. I’m a Sydney Swans tragic and also a keen trail runner, having recently completed my 10th Ultra-marathon in Hong Kong. I’m a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and have also just completed my MBA, so am looking forward to having more a life! I’ve worked at BJC Health for the past 7 years alongside Rheumatologists, Physiotherapists and Dieticians and have recently started dabbling with blogging aiming to answer some of the challenging questions posed by rheumatology patients when it comes to movement and exercise.