Ms Gillian Mason - Biography

Page last updated: 22 April 2022

Ms Gillian Mason is a proudly disabled and chronically ill healthcare consumer advocate and science communicator. She is a consumer representative on MSAC, a physiotherapist with 15 years' clinical experience, and a clinician-researcher who brings a dual patient-clinician perspective to the design of clinical trials in community-based rehabilitation approaches and digital health. At Hunter Medical Research Institute, with the University of Newcastle, Gillian manages the Stroke Research Register (Hunter) and provides strategic advice, training and mentorship around consumer and community involvement in healthcare research for stakeholders "on both sides of the bedside", locally and nationally. She has worked with the Stroke Foundation to develop training packages for researchers and consumers about effectively working together on research teams. She served as the communications coordinator for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Repair for several years and is a current board Member of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health.

Gillian is passionate about improving access, inclusion and equity in healthcare for consumers and workforce, and in 2021 she was one of 25 Australian women to be awarded the inaugural Brilliant Women in Digital Health Award.