Dr Melinda Dean is a senior research fellow at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service in Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queensland University of Technology and a PhD in Immunology from the University of Queensland. She is committed to providing the highest level of education and training to the next generation of scientists and to applying cutting-edge research to inform transfusion guidelines and improve patient outcomes post-transfusion. She is also an active member of Women in Technology and Professional Scientists Australia. Melinda expects to use the Science meets Parliament event as an opportunity to advocate for the importance of scientific research and for the Government to maintain a high level of support, infrastructure and resources for research in science. Melinda will attend with Gary Smith.
Gary has been employed by SA Pathology as a supervisor since 2010. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queensland University of Technology, a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Newcastle, a Masters of Tropical Medicine and Public Health from James Cook University and an MBA from the University of Adelaide. He has worked in Bougainville and the Solomon Islands. He is a strong advocate for the registration of medical scientists to bring them into line with their international colleagues, and for the need for proper career structures and professional development for scientists in clinical and industry-associated settings. He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Medical Scientists, the Australian Society of Microbiology and Professional Scientists Australia. Gary expects to use Science meets Parliament to advocate for policy initiatives that will create the right environment for scientists to remain within the system and encourage research and its application in clinical, academic and industry settings.