School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport Executive

The School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport is led by an executive team who are experts in clinical and community health education and research.

Professor Russ Hoye

Professor Russ Hoye is the Dean of the School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport. He has secured more than $3.5M in research funding and has been Chief Investigator on three Australian Research Council grants and two Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grants. Professor Hoye has published seven books and more than 60 journal articles. He is Editor of the Sport Management Series published by Routledge; a member of the editorial boards for Sport Management Review, the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, and the Journal of Global Sport Management; past President of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand; and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Associate Professor Adam Bird

Associate Professor Adam Bird is the Deputy Dean and Associate Dean (Clinical Partnerships) in the School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport. He is a podiatrist with extensive experience in teaching, research and leadership. Associate Professor Bird was the Deputy Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council for over a decade and has maintained a strong interest in ensuring curricula in allied health disciplines is reflective of technologically-current, multi-disciplinary practice. This includes advocacy for simulated practice, embedding digital health competencies (notably telehealth) and ensuring prominent positioning of work-based learning in health professional curricula.

Professor Karl Landorf

Professor Karl Landorf is the Associate Dean, Research and Industry Engagement in the School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport. Professor Landorf is a registered podiatrist and his research broadly relates to musculoskeletal disorders of the lower limb. His main research areas are plantar heel pain, foot orthoses and human movement. Professor Landorf has published more than 135 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 12 book chapters. He has supervised 13 PhD, one Masters and 23 Honours research students to completion. Professor Landorf is a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) and has been awarded Honorary Fellowship (for services to the profession) of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (United Kingdom).

Dr Matthew Oates

Dr Matthew Oates is a Senior Lecturer in Podiatry and Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching in the School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport. He has extensive experience in teaching undergraduate health professionals and has led major curriculum and course redesign projects. His research is in the field of interprofessional education and collaborative practice, with a focus on the design of instruments to measure outcomes of interprofessional education in pre-qualification health professionals. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators. Associate Professor Oates is a registered podiatrist and the owner of a private podiatry practice in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

Dr Alicja Malicka

Dr Alicja Malicka is the Director of Graduate Research in the School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport. Dr Malicka’s research focuses on the diagnosis and rehabilitation of people with hearing loss and tinnitus. She aims to find solutions to the challenges of hearing disorders and improve the lives of affected people. She co-established the Australia-New Zealand Tinnitus Interest Group which brings together researchers, clinicians and tinnitus sufferers. Since joining La Trobe, Dr Malicka has served as Discipline Lead in Audiology. She is a member of the La Trobe Board of Graduate Research.

Ms Denise Strong

Ms Denise Strong is the Senior Manager in the School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, with 10 years’ experience in the tertiary sector. Prior to joining La Trobe University, she worked in the United Kingdom as a Principal Accountant for an arm’s length Government organisation. Ms Strong is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. In her role as Senior Manager, she leads the professional administrative and clinical staff teams. She is primary adviser to the Dean, and the School Executive, in relation to University policies, operations and business processes.

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