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The success, management and growth of WMR is driven by a team of dedicated employees.

Our people provide support services to facilitate research projects and clinical trials, engages and communicates with stakeholders and the broader community to raise funds and awareness underpinning the organisation’s research activities, and manages the operations and administration of the organisation.

In addition to this is a diverse team of professional researchers from within the UnitingCare Health group and collaborative partner organisations.


Chief Executive Officer

Associate Professor John Allan

A/Prof John Allan has been an obstetrician and gynaecologist VMP at The Wesley Hospital since 1984. He has a strong interest in research and developed the IVF clinic at The Wesley Hospital in 1988. A/Prof Allan has been actively involved in research, especially in the area of Reproductive medicine. Together with his wife Dr Janet Allan, he was awarded Research of the Year in 2011 by Wesley Research Institute (now Wesley Medical Research).

He is the Chief Academic Medical Officer of UnitingCare Health, Head of the UnitingCare Health Clinical School and Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee.


Senior Research Manager

Dr Jenny Schafer

Dr Jennifer Schafer leads Clinical Trials at Wesley Medical Research. She has a broad remit to enhance capacity for clinician lead medical research and to support important sponsored clinical trials. Her broad background includes experience in medical education (including Director, Medicine Program at the University of Queensland), and as a practising clinician for many years. At Wesley Medical Research, Jenny is making a difference to patients each and every day by ensuring access to cutting edge clinical trials.

Jenny and WMR researchers, doctors, nurses and other health professionals at UnitingCare Health hospitals throughout Queensland work with patients to make improvements to health care practices for future generations.


Research Managers

Dr Kelley Foster

Kelley is the research manager for Neuroscience and Cardiology. She drives investigator-led research initiatives in her themes to maximise both the opportunity for, and capacity of clinicians to undertake research. Kelley manages most aspects of research at the organisation, including management of the theme-based Research Committees, budgetary and reporting oversight of research projects and staff, and research engagement with clinicians, nurses and allied health staff.

Kelley brings 19 years of experience in medical research to her position. Previous roles have provided Kelley with the opportunity to work in basic research (stroke and schizophrenia) within hospital and academic environments as well as the pharmaceutical industry. Kelley’s prior positions include Research Manager at St Andrew’s Medical Institute (Brisbane), Senior Research Biologist at Merck & Co. (Philadelphia) and post-doctoral appointments at Duke University/Department of Veteran Affairs (North Carolina, USA) and the Perinatal Research Center in Brisbane.

Kelley has substantial experience in the management of clinical trials, clinical audit programs and research projects and has written successful NHMRC, US Veterans Affairs and AusHSI grant applications.

Kelley completed her PhD in pharmacokinetics at the University of Queensland and Bachelor of Science with Honours (first class) at the University of Tasmania. She also completed a Clinical Research Associate Professional Development Program in 2008.


Dr Tamara Street

Dr Tamara Street is the research manager for Rural & Remote Health. As a Senior Research Fellow at Wesley Medical Research and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology, she is passionate about empowering individuals to enhance their wellness and is committed to taking action to reduce the rapidly increasing epidemics of preventable chronic diseases.

Tamara is an experienced applied researcher with numerous peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and books. Her pioneering research has been recognised through presentations at leading international psychology, and health and safety conferences in Australia, America, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Poland.

With expertise in areas of behaviour change management, occupational health and safety, training and performance enhancement, Tamara has worked as a consultant for both private business and public sector clients. She has built a reputation for delivering professional health and safety programs that achieve proactive corporate health and safety risk management and enhance individual wellbeing.