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Rachel is a rheumatologist who completed her PhD at The University of Adelaide in 2019 that investigated glucocorticoid (steroid) use and adverse effects in rheumatoid arthritis. 

Positions held in last 10 years

2014 – present: BHI Clinical Research Fellow

2013: Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology Clinical Research Fellow (Remote PhD student, The University of Adelaide)

2010 – 2012: Rheumatology Advanced Trainee (2010, Royal Adelaide Hospital; 2011, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital; 2012, Repatriation General Hospital)

2007 – 2009: Basic Physician Trainee, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

2005 – 2006: Intern/Resident, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital


Rachel’s research focus is epidemiology, using large datasets to answer clinically relevant questions that arise in her practice as a rheumatologist. She is interested in using datasets derived from anonymised electronic clinical records. This type of data provides real-life patient information suited to addressing long-term drug safety questions. However, because this type of information is primarily collected for clinical, rather than research purposes there are added complexities in preparing the data and selecting appropriate methodologies for analysis.