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Research Biography

With a Doctorate of Philosophy in Endocrinology, Dr. Susan Matthews has approximately 20 years of experience in pathology service delivery in major public and private hospitals in metropolitan Melbourne, culminating with her previous employment as the Principal Scientist in Biochemistry at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), Melbourne during 2010-2018. Susan completed her Membership to the Australian Association of Clinical Biochemists (MAACB), Laboratory Management Programs, was an elected Asia-Pacific representative for the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC), Technical Assessor for the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for laboratory accreditation and was nominated to serve on the Royal College of Pathologists Quality Assurance Program (RCPAQAP) Advisory Group for Newborn Screening and Dried Blood Spot Testing. Susan received industry support funding and a RCH award and scholarship for collaborative research on harmonising age-related pathology parameters in children (HAPPIKids Program). She was also recognised with a Women and Leadership Australia scholarship to support her leadership studies in the rapid advancement of high potential female leaders.

In 2018, Susan relocated from Victoria to South Australia and commenced employment as a senior balanced academic at the Flinders University International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing (ICPOCT). She is currently the Deputy Director of the ICPOCT and the College of Medicine and Public Health Discipline Lead for POCT. Assisting the Director, Professor Mark Shephard, Susan currently manages the Centre's acute, chronic and infectious disease POCT networks in rural and remote primary health services. In 2020, Susan has contributed as a senior scientist on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander COVID-19 POCT Program and managed the national positive COVID-19 hotline for POCT results for public health responses. Additionally, Susan leads key research in POCT models nationally and internationally, including an NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) with the Kirby Institute (UNSW), a global World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre and POCT educational programs for the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA).

At Flinders University, Susan is the topic Co-Coordinator for a third year undergraduate POCT topic (MDSC3100) within the College of Medicine and Public Health. From 2021, she also aims to supervise higher research degree students in POCT.

Research Interests

Current research interest include: COVID-19 point-of-care testing and public health management, acute, chronic and infectious point-of-care testing, rural and remote health, paediatric reference intervals

Past research interests include: insulin-like growth factors

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate, Flinders University Foundation of University Teaching (FOUUT)

1 Feb 201930 Nov 2019

Award Date: 30 Nov 2019

Postgraduate Certificate, Flinders University Foundations of University Teaching (FFOUT), Flinders University


Award Date: 31 Oct 2019

Postgraduate Certificate, Advanced Leadership Program, Women and Leadership Australia


Award Date: 1 Nov 2017

Master of Science, Membership to the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemistry (MAACB), Australasian Association of Clinical Biocemists


Award Date: 1 Nov 2007

PhD, Regulation of insulin-like growth factors using a fish model, Lates calcarifer., James Cook University


Award Date: 1 Nov 1997

Bachelor (Honours), Detection and regulation of insulin-like growth factors in Murray Perch, Macquaria ambigua., Deakin University


Award Date: 1 Nov 1994

Bachelor of Science, Majors: Human Physiology and Biochemistry, Deakin University


Award Date: 1 Nov 1993

External positions

Principal Scientist - Biochemistry, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

31 Oct 201017 Dec 2019

Medical Scientist 2nd-in-Charge Biochemistry, Royal Melbourne Hospital


Medical Scientist - Biochemistry, St Vincent's Health, Melbourne


Postdoctoral Fellow, James Cook University



  • RB Pathology
  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services


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