The Institute for Communication in Health Care has 83 members representing 15 countries from the diverse disciplines of medicine, nursing, allied health, communication studies, linguistics, education and sociology.

The ICH works closely with researchers, academics, clinicians and policy makers from other areas within ANU, across Australia and internationally.

To register your interest in becoming a member of the Institute, please contact ICH Director Professor Diana Slade at


Professor Imogen Mitchell

Director, ANU Medical School, Intensive Care Specialist, Canberra Hospital, Clinical Director, ACT COVID19 Response, Canberra Health Services

ANU Medical School, The Canberra Hospital amd Canberra Health Services


Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes

Professor, Acting Director, ANU Medical School, Senior Staff Specialist, Department of Neonatology

ANU Medical School and The Canberra Hospital


Dr Susy Macqueen

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics


Dr Michael Chapman

Director, Palliative care

Canberra Health Services


Dr. Christine Phillips

Professor, Social Foundations of Medicine

ANU Medical School


Associate Professor Carmel O'Shannessy

Lecturer in Linguistics

ANU School of Literature, Languages

and Linguistics


Dr Zihan Yin

Learning Adviser

ANU Academic Skills


Bernadette Brady

Researcher and Clinician      

Partnering with Patients

Professor Paul Pickering


ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts


Associate Professor Hanna Suominen

Associate Professor and Team Leader in Machine Learning

ANU Research School of Computer Science


Professor Nicholas Evans

Distinguished Professor, Department of Linguistics, School of Culture, History & Language; ARC Laureate Fellow; Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics


Professor Jane Simpson

Chair of Indigenous Linguistics, and Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics


Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva

Lecturer in Linguistics

ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics


Dr Fouzieyha Towghi

Lecturer in Medical Anthropology

ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology


Dr Johanna Rendle-Short

Associate Professor

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences


Dr Michael Walsh


Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)


Dr Elizabeth A. Rider

Director of Academic Programs, IPEP; Director of Faculty Fellowships (Leadership); pediatrician

Harvard Medical School & Boston Children's  Hospital


Professor Christian Matthiessen

Chair Professor

Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Department of English


Professor Kang Kwong Luke

Chair, School of Humanities

Nanyang Technological University


Professor May O. Lwin

Associate Dean (Special Projects), College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Director, University Scholars Programme Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

Nanyang Technological University


Associate Professor Olga Zayts

Director, Research and Impact Initiative on Communication in Healthcare, Associate Professor, School of English, Leader, Health Communication Research Cluster (HCRC) 

The University of Hong Kong


Professor Peter J. Shulz

Director of the Institute of Communication and Health

University of Lugano


Professor Suzanne Kurtz

Department of Teacher Education and Supervision

University of Calgary


Associate Professor Robyn Woodward-Kron

Academic in Medical Communication

University of Melbourne


Dr Jack Pun

Assistant Professor, Department of English

City University of Hong Kong 


Professor Elena Semino

Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science

Lancaster University


Associate Professor Roger Dunston

Visiting Fellow, School of Communication

University of Technology Sydney


Associate Professor Kazuhiro Teruya

Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies

Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Associate Professor Angela Chan

Associate Professor

Hong Kong Polytechnic University; School of Nursing


Dr John Walsh 

Visiting Research Fellow

University of Adelaide, Linguistics Department


Professor Brian Hurwitz

Professor of Medicine and the Arts

King's College London


Professor Albert Lee

Director of Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care

The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care Faculty of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong


Dr Maria Herke

Lecturer, Department of Linguistics

Macquarie University


Dr Lynne Reeder

Adjunct Research Fellow

Federation University; School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions


Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Prof of Linguistics & Endangered Languages

University of Adelaide 


Distinguished Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald

Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre

James Cook University


Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Sullivan

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health and Medicine

The University of Newcastle


Dr Ben Bravery

Junior Doctor


Professor GAO Yihong

English Department

Peking University


Dr Ester Leung

Associate Dean

Hong Kong Baptist University; Faculty of Arts


Professor Elizabeth Manias

Research professor

Deakin University; School of Nursing and Midwifery


Professor Rodney Jones

Professor of Sociolinguistics

University of Reading 


Dr Marine Riou

Assistant Professor

Centre de Recherche en Terminologie et Traduction (CRTT), Lumière Lyon 2 University


Associate Professor David Butt

Associate Professor

Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University


Ian Bonin

Director of Medical Services

Central Adelaide Palliative Care, SA Health


Professor Sir Jonathan Asbridge

Clinical Director

Healthcare at Home


Professor Theo van Leeuwen


Department of Language and Communication, University of South Denmark


Dr Marie-Thérèse Lussier


Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, University of Montreal


Ulla Connor

Director, The International Center for Intercultural Communication

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


Gu Yueguo

Research professor and Pro Vice Chancellor

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Beijing Foreign Studies University


Dr Dominique Estival

Research in Communication Technology

Western Sydney University, Sydney

Professor Andrew Miles

Senior Vice President and Secretary General (ESPCH) & UWL Foundation Professor and Co-Director of Person Centered Health and Social Care

European Society for Person Centred Healthcare (ESPCH); affiliated with the University of West London


Professor Lesley Stirling

Academic, Languages and Linguistics

The University of Melbourne


Professor Jo Angouri

Professor in Centre for Applied Linguistics

University of Warwick


Dr Christina DeCoursey


Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Dr H Esterbrook Longmaid

Physician, Diagnostic Radiology

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Milton


Professor Jon Jureidini

Research Leader at the Robinson Research Institute, Adelaide Medical School

University of Adelaide 


Professor Deborah Lupton

Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre and Leader of the Vitalities Lab

The University of New South Wales


Professor Phillip Della

Head of School

Curtin University School of Nursing


Professor Boyd Davis

Professor of English

The University of North Carolina Charlotte


Professor Umberto Gelatti

Professor specialising in medical-surgical, radiological sciences and public health

University of Brescia


Dr Vicki Xafis

Senior Research Fellow

National University of Singapore


Associate Professor Silvana Castaldi

Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences for Helath

University of Milan


Dr Fabien Medvecky

Senior lecturer in Science Communication

University of Otago


Dr Thomas Frohlich

Vice President Western Europe European Society for Person Centered Healthcare

Heidelberg Metasystems GmbH


Ane Haaland

Faculty member

University of Oslo; Department of Community Medicine


Professor Grace Zhang

Professor in linguistics and Chinese language studies

Curtin University 


Dr Dyah Pitaloka

Lecturer and Honours & Postgraduate Convenor

University of Sydney


Natalie Pollard

Senior Lecturer in Radiation Therapy

Queensland University of Technology


Dr Julie Gustavs

Manager, Education Development, Research and Evaluation

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)


Beelah Bleakley

MET nurse

The Canberra Hospital


Nathan Wood

M.D. candidate

Wayne State University School of Medicine 


Dr Neda Karimi

Conjoint Lecturer

Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, South Western Sydney Clinical School, The University of NSW


Anna Franca Plastina

Department member

University of Calabria; Department of Linguistics


Stanley Shih-Li Tsai

Assistant Professor

National Taiwan University; Graduate Institute of Medlical Education and Bioethics


Associate Professor Sam Heard

Medical Director at CAAC; Associate Professor

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress; Flinders University


Dr Niru Perera

Research Fellow

Prehospital, Resuscitation and Emergency Care Research Unit (PRECRU), Curtin University


Daniel McDonald

Postdoctoral Position

Department of Linguistics, University of Tuebingen


Associate Professor Elaine Espindola

Associate Professor

Departamento de Letras Estrangeiras Modernas​​Universidade Federal da Paraíba


Professor Johnny Awwad

Obstetrics and Gynecology

American University of Beirut


Kaela Zhang


PolySystemic Research Group, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Manbo Man

Director of Nursing Services

Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital


Marylin Turkovich

Executive Director

Charter for Compassion


Dr Sara Rubinelli

Professor, Health Sciences (with a focus on Health Communication)

University of Lucerne


Dr William Branch


School of Medicine, Emory University


Associate Professor Mariana Pascual

Jefa del Programa de Magister en Letras con Mención en Lingüística

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


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