Researcher in Residence – Meet Dr Michelle Hall

Dr Michelle Hall (Centre of Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne) is participating in BioMedVic’s flagship Policy Skills development program, Researcher In Residence. She has been in Canberra for two weeks with Senator Kim Carr, Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

“I am a scientist focused on musculoskeletal health from the Centre of Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine within the Department of Physiotherapy at University of Melbourne. Musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis, are a National Health Priority and one of the most expensive disease groups in Australia.

Under the innovative scheme by Biomedical Research Victoria I was deployed as Researcher in Residence to Senator Kim Carr’s office. Senator Kim Carr is the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. With an appetite to better understand parliamentary processes and the ecosystem which profoundly influences our society, my placement exceeded expectations.

Two weeks in Parliament House, Canberra with full-exposure has undoubtedly been the highlight. It was fascinating to observe the breath of the Senator’s portfolio, question time in the Senate, but perhaps even more so was how representatives approached the Senator and his team for support. Some representatives rocked up with fast stats, glossy reports and exclusive invitations to speak. But bottom line – parliamentarians are not agony aunts that only listen to issues, they need to hear considered solutions that account for the bigger picture and where the dollars come from.

My glimpse into the parliamentary process has been tremendously insightful, and thanks to BioMedVic and Senator Carr I have made meaningful connections that I hope in time will reduce the burden of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia and world-wide.”

– Dr Michelle Hall