Biography

Professor March has a unique combination of qualifications including specialty physician training in Rheumatology and postgraduate qualifications in epidemiology, biostatistics and basic laboratory science. Her conjoint staff specialist and academic appointment allows her to continue in active clinical rheumatology practice with a large patient base and dedicated time to combine arthritis and musculoskeletal epidemiological research, clinical trials and teaching. Her career track record of more than 90 publications in the context of a part-time funded position with a busy clinical load and a high level of involvement in her professional community demonstrates major commitment and productivity. She is the convener of Evidence-Based Medicine teaching at University of Sydney's Northern Clinical School and currently runs the Clinical Practice Guidelines Course in Masters of Clinical Epidemiology, USyd. She has held long-standing NHMRC grants to conduct research into costs and outcomes of arthritis and joint replacement surgery for more than 10 years and into risk factors for falls and fractures in the frail elderly. She is the President of the Federal Australian Rheumatology Association and the immediate Past President of the NSW branch. She is the chair of the Management Committee of the Australian Rheumatology Database. She is currently on Expert Advisory Committees for State and Commonwealth Health Departments. She has been involved in writing the NHMRC Evidence-Base Guidelines for Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Management (2003-2004), Therapeutic Guidelines for Rheumatology (2005) and the RACGP and NHMRC Guidelines for Early Rheumatoid Arthritis (2006). She is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Centre for Arthritis Monitoring at the AIHW and was invited to launch the first report of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions, Canberra 2005. She participates internationally in the OMERACT group to reach international consensus for outcome measurement in rheumatology. She is a reviewer for international journals:- Rheumatology (UK), Ann Rheum Dis (Europe), J Rheumatology (Canada), Osteoarthritis & Cartilage (USA), Arthritis Care & Research (USA), Br J of Sports Medicine (UK), ACP Journal Club, Cochrane.