Professor Dominique Cadilhac
PhD, MPH, BN (post-reg), RN (Div 1)

Group Head

Heidelberg Campus
245 Burgundy Street
Heidelberg Victoria 3084

Research group
Public Health and Health Services Research Group

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Professor Dominique Cadilhac (NHMRC Senior Research Fellow) heads the Public Health and Health Services Group, Stroke theme at The Florey, and is the Research Lead for the Stroke and Ageing Research Group, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University.

Professor Cadilhac has a worldwide reputation for addressing the complexities of delivering best-practice stroke care to optimise health outcomes. Specifically, she has advanced the availability of data for understanding the impacts of stroke:

  • characteristics of patients, access to evidence-based treatments, health outcomes and costs
  • provided novel evidence of healthcare variation and how this impacts health outcomes
  • delivered real-world, registry-based trials to improve the quality of care in hospitals
  • co-designed novel interventions for supporting people living in the community after a stroke
  • changed policy and practice with economic evaluations of interventions designed to address health system barriers (e.g. acute stroke telehealth, mobile stroke ambulance)

The work from the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry has created landmark data linkage studies to enhance the minimum dataset and provide greater insights into policy and practice issues. Dominique’s ground-breaking research on the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) project ensured the clinical program was ‘fit for purpose’ and scalable. This program is now a statewide government-funded service.

Career highlights

Current roles

  • Head, Public Health and Health Services Research, Stroke Division, The Florey
  • Co-director and Research Lead of the Stroke and Ageing group (STAR) within the School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University

Past roles

  • Head, Public Health Division National Stroke Research Institute/The Florey
  • Manager, Public Health Division – National Stroke Research Institute
  • Manager, Public Health Division NSF and NSRI
  • Manager, Health Services Unit, National Stroke Foundation
  • Senior Stroke Trials Study Coordinator, North Western Health Care Network
  • Neurology Research Nurse, Stroke Trials Study Coordinator, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Other highlights

  • Data Custodian, Australian Stroke Clinical Registry
  • Data Custodian, Australian Stroke Data Tool
  • Research lead, Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program
  • Vice President, Stroke Society of Australasia
  • Member, Expert Advisory Panel for the Mission for Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Visiting Professor of Zhuhai Campus of Zunyi Medical University, China (2019–2024)
  • Fellow of WSO, FWSO World Stroke Organization
  • NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Research Fellow
  • Honorary Associate Professor, Deakin Health Economics, Deakin University (2012–2018)
  • Honorary Professor, Centre for Population Health Research, Faculty of Health, Deakin University (2018–2020)
  • Honorary Clinical Professor, University of Central Lancashire (2017–2020)
  • Professor Cadilhac has received numerous awards and grants (since 2013: $19M as CIA; since 2008: $11.6M for the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry Program; since 2010: $9.6M for the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Project)

Awards and achievements

  • 2021 – World Stroke Academy’s Nomination Certificate for the #WomenInStroke initiative and outstanding work and achievements in the field of stroke
  • 2019 – Winner Stroke Foundation President’s Achievement Award, Melbourne
  • 2018 – Victorian Stroke Telemedicine (VST) winner of the Safer Care Victoria award for excellence in quality and safety at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards
  • 2018 – World Stroke Organization, Fellow of WSO-FWSO
  • 2017 – Club Melbourne Fellowship, representing Victoria’s strength in innovation, research excellence and thought leadership and her contributions to Victoria’s global reputation, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, Melbourne Ambassador Program ($10,000 for conference travel)
  • 2017 – Poster Presentation Award for 3-minute presentation The 3rd European Stroke Organisation Conference, ESOC 2017 Prague (Prize 250 Euro)
  • 2016 – Fellow, Endorsed as a European Stroke Organisation (ESO)
  • 2015 – Vice Chancellor Award for Research Impact (Social and Economic), Monash University
  • 2015 – Dean’s Award for Research Impact (Social and Economic), Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
  • 2014 – 1st prize winner of the Stroke Progress and Innovation Award from the journal Stroke, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for her research paper, ‘Evaluation of Rural Stroke Services: Does Implementation of Coordinators and Pathways Improve Care in Rural Hospitals?’
  • 2013 – Silver award for Excellence in Quality Healthcare category, Victorian Public Healthcare Awards in recognition of her work in the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Project
  • 2013 – Best Research Abstract for ‘Delivery of stroke care in hospitals participating in the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry’, Smart Strokes Australasian Nursing and Allied Health Conference, Brisbane
  • 2010 – Awarded Top Ranked Research Fellow, Victoria, National Heart Foundation
  • 2009 – Awarded Head’s Award for Doctoral Excellence, Melbourne School of Population Health Research
  • 2007 – Winner at Austin Health Research Week for stroke research ($1,000)

Research publications


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