Our team

  • Simon Pase

    Director

    Master of Creative Media (Film and Television Production), RMIT University, Melbourne
    Bachelor of Media Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne

    Career

    Simon joined the department in 2008 as Video Production Coordinator, bringing considerable experience in advertising copywriting and account management, and television production. His strong customer relations and concept development skills help guide the creative process, working closely with internal and external clients to ensure projects realise their potential. Simon has a scholarly interest in film and television, especially documentary production, and has presented internationally on the role of storytelling in health. 

    Awards

    • Gold Award for Teddy Bear Hospital promotional video at the 2015 Institute of Medical Illustrators (UK) awards.
    • Warren Sturgis Motion Media Award for St Vincent's - taking the next step in cardiac surgery fundraising support video at the 2014 BioCommunications Association (USA) awards
    • Platinum (best in show) with Rob Grant for Not just a children's hospital, promotional video at the 2013 Institute of Medical Illustrators (UK) award
    • Gold Award for Counting: The Story of Mia and the Heart Lung Machine fundraising support video at 2011 Health & Science Communications Association Media Festival (USA) and 2011 Australian Institute of Biological and Medical Illustration awards

    Please contact Simon to discuss your requirements and ongoing projects.

    email: simon.pase@rch.org.au

    Simon Pase

    Adam Leadoux

    Web Master

    Qualifications

    Grad.Dip (Interactive Web & Internet Technology), RMIT UniversityMelbourne
    BAppSc (Photography), RMIT UniversityMelbourne

    Career

    Before starting at ERC, Adam held the position of Manager of a photographic laboratory for 6 years.

    He started with ERC part time in 1994, while in his first year of his BAppSci(Photography) degree. He started full time employment with ERC upon the completion of his degree as a Medical photographer. After completing the Grad.Dip (Interactive Web & Internet Technology), Adam was appointed to the position of Webmaster.

    His current interests at ERC are interactive website development, Internet content management, general Internet programming (PHP, ColdFusion and JavaScript), web site design, advanced Photoshop techniques. Past interests at ERC include scientific digital imaging, incorporating colour-management of digital workflows and digital cameras. He has given papers at two international conferences on "The Viability of Incorporating Digital Cameras into a Medical Photography Department", and "ColorSync - A working example of color management".

    email: adam.leadoux@rch.org.au

    Adam Leadoux

    Alvin Aquino

    Medical Photographer

    Qualifications

    BAppSc (Photography), RMIT UniversityMelbourne

    Career

    Alvin has worked as a Medical Photographer since 1994 initially with Monash University followed by a short contract at the Royal Children's Hospital before being appointed by Monash Medical Centre to provide a photographic and audiovisual service to the Southern Healthcare Network. In 18 months he was able to provide a professional service, manage the department and provide income to what is now a viable service in that region. In 1996 he was appointed to work at the Educational Resource Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital as part of a bigger more diverse team.

    In 1998 Alvin accepted an offer to work for three months in the Clinical School of Cambridge University based at the Addenbrookes Hospital site in England on a Professional Exchange Program.

    email: alvin.aquino@rch.org.au

    Alvin Aquino

    Bert Di Paolo

    Senior Medical Photographer

    Qualifications

    BAppSc (Photography), RMIT UniversityMelbourne

    Career

    Bert has 20 years experience as a professional photographer. He has worked as a Medical Photographer for 15 years, beginning his career at the Educational Resource Centre in 1986. In 1989 he travelled to Greece to photograph an archaeological dig, and spent the next four years as a freelance photographer concentrating on the medical/ commercial and industrial fields. In 1993 Bert was employed as the sole medical photographer, and Manager of the Clinical Photography Department at the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital which then relocated to the Northern Hospital in 1998. He has now returned to the Educational Resource Centre as a Senior Medical Photographer.

    email: bert.dipaolo@rch.org.au

    Bert Di Paolo

    Bill Reid

    Medical Graphic Designer/Illustrator

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design), Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

    Awards

    • 2005, Explore, 3rd World Congress of Medical & Scientific Imaging, First prize computer graphic design, poster design
    • 2005, Explore, 3rd World Congress of Medical & Scientific Imaging, merit Award - clinical / medical illustration
    • 2004, Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration (AIMBI), Runner-up for General Illustration for "Brachial Plexus"
    • 2004, AIMBI, First Prize - best poster for Department of Oncology
    • 2002, AIMBI, merit Award - scientific poster for the Department of Respiratory Medicine
    • 2000, AIMBI, First Prize - general illustration
    • 1987, A.P.M. Award for the most Innovative Student in Fourth Year Graphic Design

    Career

    Before joining the E.R.C. in 1990, he worked as a graphic designer in the publications department of the National Gallery of Victoria and Russell Bevers Design Pty Ltd.

    Bill's primary responsibilities within the department are the production of medical illustrations and designing scientific/medical posters.

    email: bill.reid@rch.org.au

    Bill Reid

    Carolyn Bedggood

    Designer (Freelance)

    Associate Diploma of Art (Graphic Art)

    Carolyn is a multi-award winning designer with over 20 years experience, working in advertising agencies and a part of the design team since 2011.

    She is a highly proficient designer with outstanding technical expertise, and a passion for digital communications, supporting our web team with web and app design and build. Carolyn’s experience in Australia and the U.K. Across a wide range of print and electronic media makes her a valuable all-rounder in the RCH Creative Studio team.

    email: carolyn.bedggood@rch.org.au

    Carolyn Bedggood

    Christine Goerner

    Senior Graphic Designer/Creative Manager

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Communication), Monash University, Melbourne

    Awards

    Christine has many local and international awards including a Silver Lion from the Cannes Film Festival.

    Career

    Christine a creative professional with a real passion for branding established during an award-winning career as an Art Director in the advertising industry. With over twenty years industry experience with marketers, advertising agencies and organisations in creating and evolving brands she has also helped businesses become successful brands as a creative consultant.

    Her specialties include creative concept development, brand design and implementation, publication design, typography, photographic art direction and communications crafted with attention to detail.

    Christine manages the design team in the creation and production of communications materials for internal and external clients. And creatively leads the re-brand implementation and brand identity application across multiple channels for the new Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

    email: christine.goerner@rch.org.au

    Carolyn Bedggood

    Dhanuka Kaluarachchi

    Web Developer

    Qualifications

    Master of Business Administration - MBA (Information Technology), Sydney
    BIT (Information Technology), The University of Colombo
    PMP® (Project Management Professional), by PMI, USA
    Team Leader – CMS and Integrated Applications

    Career

    Prior to joining the RCH, he served as Team Leader for IT projects at Emirates Airline Dubai.

    Dhanuka has extensive experience in implementing enterprise application solutions for world class organizations. He has demonstrated ability for project delivery, technical and leadership skills enhanced over 15+ years’ progressive experience in web and mobile application development, business process re-engineering, and product implementation. He also has held positions such as Head of productions (Web & e-business) and Web Master.

    email: dhanuka.kaluarachchi@rch.org.au

    Dhanuka Kaluarachchi

    Emre Acar

    Associate Producer (Freelance)

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Business (eCommerce) Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne
    Bachelor of Arts (Multimedia) Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne

    Career

    Emre joined ERC as a duplication and digital media technician and has since gone on to more demanding roles in production and client management. His specialist IT and audio-visual knowledge has allowed the unit to grow and develop its technical capabilities.

    email: emre.acar@rch.org.au

    Emre Acar 

    Lucy Anderson

    Web Developer

    Qualifications

    Master of Technology (Software Development), Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
    Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics), The University of Melbourne, Melbourne

    Career

    Lucy jumped at the chance to work with Adam and the team at the RCH and thoroughly enjoys the scope of work she has the opportunity to undertake. Her role as a developer is not solely limited to web development, but also entails CMS training for the RCH's hundreds of content creators, custom internal functionality development, online surveys and newsletter campaigns, end-user support and external website development and management.

    email: lucy.anderson@rch.org.au

    Lucy Anderson

    Michael Hales

    Video Producer

    Qualifications

    Bachelor of Film and Digital Media, Deakin University, Melbourne

    Career

    Michael undertook an industry placement with RCH Creative Studio, and soon took on regular work with us following the completion of his degree. A regular contributor to the in-house television programs at The Royal Children's Hospital, he has helped shape the look and feel of the Be Positive program. Since 2017 Michael has been a full-time video producer in the unit, and is regularly involved in the production of educational programs, video stories and clinical video activities.

    email: michael.hales@rch.org.au

    Michael Hales

    Rob Grant

    Senior Video Producer

    Qualifications

    Diploma of Art in Film and Television, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
    Member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS)

    Career

    Rob joined ERC as its Senior Video Producer in 1990, bringing invaluable experience in film and broadcast television to The Royal Children's Hospital. His vast technical and artistic skills helped shaped the direction of the video unit and establish it as the leading health media production unit in Australia. This included the development of the in-house television services in conjunction with the Educational Play Therapy department. Rob's skills are in demand across the health sector; from setting up live surgery narrowcasts to award-winning fundraising and promotion videos.

    Awards

    Rob's fundraising support videos have won Gold and Silver awards in Australia (Australian Institute of Medical & Biological Illustration) and the USA (Health & Science Communications Association; BioCommunications Association).

    He received the Royal Children's Hospital "Pied Piper's" Scholarship in 1992, for which he undertook a study tour of patient TV services at US and Canadian children's hospitals.

    email: rob.grant@rch.org.au

    Rob Grant

    Robert Reitmaier

    Medical Photographer

    Qualifications

    BAppSc(Photography), RMIT, Melbourne

    Awards

    • 1995 - Silver and bronze awards at the AIPP National awards (wedding category)
    • 1994 - Silver award at the AIPP Victorian awards (wedding category)

    Career

    Robert began his career in various photographic laboratories printing custom black & white and colour prints. Whilst he was studying for his degree he worked in a wedding and portrait studio where he won a number of prestigious silver and bronze awards from the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. In 1995 he began his career as a medical photographer at the Royal Children's Hospital on a part-time basis, before being appointed full-time in 1996. He has also had some experience with video and signage.

    Robert now manages The Batten Foundation 3D Imaging Centre, where state of the art technology is utilised to assist in patient treatment.

    email: robert.reitmaier@rch.org.au

    Robert-Reitmaier

    Sam Hastie

    Associate Producer (Freelance)

    email: sam.hastie@rch.org.au

    Sam-Hastie

    Sam Ira

    Associate Producer (Freelance)

    Qualifications

    Diploma in Video Production, RMIT, Melbourne

    Career

    Sam has been volunteering and working at the Royal Children's Hospital since 1998 and is a well-established member of the ERC video team, with a long list of video credits to his name. He produces educational programs for various internal RCH departments including the weekly Going Nuts with Macadamia show at ERC, and is the show's regular director.

    Awards

    • Silver Award for The Festival for Healthy Living: a Parent's Insight at 2011 Australian Institute of Biological and Medical Illustration awards
    • Bronze Award for Dreams fundraising support video at 2012 Health & Science Communications Association Media Festival (USA)
    • Bronze Award for The Race for a Cure fundraising support video at 2011 Health & Science Communications Association Media Festival (USA)

    email: sam.ira@rch.org.au

    sam.ira@rch.org.au

    vale Lloyd Ellis

    Senior Medical Photographer

    BAppSc(Photography), RMIT, Melbourne

    The Royal Children's Hospital has been saddened by unexpected death of Lloyd Ellis, a member of our clinical photography team for 24 years.

    Lloyd had over 30 years experience as a photographic practitioner, beginning his photographic career as an Assistant Photographer progressing through to Photographer with the Royal Australian Air Force Publications Unit. Lloyd's next career move was to Monash University's Department of Anatomy Photographic Unit as a Technical Assistant/Photographer and then promoted to Technical Officer/Photographer. In 1989 Lloyd was recruited to the Royal Children's Hospital's Educational Resource Centre. Lloyd was also a key member of the Video unit that produces the weekly in-house television show "Going Nuts with Macadamia". Lloyd also lectured in Biomedical Photography 3rd Year at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Department of Visual Communication.

    During his career Lloyd also freelanced for many Graphic Design Companies with a major projects in commercial and industrial photography. Lloyd served on many AIMBI and Hospital committees.

    Lloyd Ellis