ARCH staff at Northern Health

The partnership between Northern Health and La Trobe University advances learning and research-focused outcomes for Melbourne’s northern community.

Discover the Northern Health ARCH.

ARCH Director - Northern Health

Associate Professor Bev Copnell is Director of the Northern Health ARCH and Director of the Northern Clinical School. She has a clinical background as a paediatric intensive care nurse and, for many years, has been actively involved in promoting paediatric nursing nationally and internationally. Her current research focuses on caring for families of acutely ill children, end-of-life care for infants and children in acute care settings, professional issues in nursing, educational preparation for nurses and evidence-based practice.

Research group

Adam Semciw is an Associate Professor, physiotherapist and allied health researcher at Northern Health and La Trobe University. He specialises in the investigation of muscle function in health, injury and rehabilitation. Dr Semciw oversees clinician-led allied health research across the four Northern Health campuses and has a particular interest in optimising research capacity of clinician researchers.

Dr Kristina Edvardsson is a Senior Lecturer in nursing. She has a PhD in epidemiology and public health. Her research focuses on maternal health and she has research collaborations in six low-, middle- and high-income countries globally. She is the recipient of several competitive grants and awards.

Dr Rebecca Jessup is the allied health research lead at Northern Health who has a clinical background in podiatry. Her research focuses on improving health communication to improve health outcomes, and alternative models of care to improve health system sustainability. Dr Jessup works with allied health clinicians to build research capacity at Northern Health.

Dr Miranda Buck is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University and an early career researcher. Her research focus is breastfeeding.

Dr Rachael Duncan is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University. Her research focus is on quality educational preparation for nursing students.

Carmel McLeod is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University and a PhD candidate. Her thesis explores spiritual care of oncology patients.

Elly Greenwood is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and a PhD candidate. Her research aims to improve hospital care for autistic children.


For enquiries please contact:

Associate Professor Bev Copnell
Associate Professor of Clinical Practice Nursing/Director, Northern Clinical School
College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Victoria, 3086, Australia