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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors lead us towards our vision for a state-wide XR Mental Health program to advance and improve mental health in Western Australia through innovation.

Ali Fardinpour, Ph.D.

Founder & Executive Director

Dr Ali Fardinpour is an Immersive Technologies research scientist and the founder and Executive Director of Wise Realities Institute for Healthcare Emerging Technologies Research, a health promotion charity focused on XR technologies as mental health and wellness tools. Ali has been conducting research on computer simulations and immersive technologies for more than a decade in education and healthcare. Ali is deeply passionate about helping those challenged by health issues through innovation; enabling young researchers and innovators to grow; and contributing to the future of healthcare, as a human right, to be equally accessible and affordable for all.

Alexius Julian, M.B.B.S

non-Executive Director - Board Chair

A medical doctor with a strong interest in technology, start-up and business, Alexius started his career seeking to improve the lives of the people for whom he delivered care. He soon discovered a passion for driving improvements on a bigger scale because he realised that I could help more people at a system level than I ever could as a single medical practitioner. Consequently, he has sought senior leadership positions to influence positive change at scale, whilst also maintaining experience in clinical care, to ensure that he remains grounded and aware of the issues faced by clinicians and patients.
His work on large technical projects and my role on a Board has given him a great appreciation of the importance of clear strategy and good risk management, which go hand-in-hand, and how they should be embedded in operations. With his own commercial interests in technology and virtual reality, he aims to use his skills to support innovation and technological advancement in health.

Associate Professor Janet Beilby

non-Executive Director - Board Deputy-Chair

Associate Professor Janet Beilby has been a lecturer, researcher and clinician in the field of dementia, virtual reality and stuttering for over 30 years. She is well known nationally and internationally and has treated thousands of clients, trained hundreds of students and been awarded over half a million dollars in research funds investigating varying aspects of stuttering disorders, dementia and virtual education.
Janet’s research initiatives and the technology she has devised are a world first as they thoughtfully balance engagement and interactivity, along with context-rich and ecologically relevant scenarios that, offer a science-based tool that facilitates a meaningful learning technology for wide dissemination and adoption.
In 2020, Janet was awarded a WiTWA (Women in Tech Western Australia) inspiring role model award.

Joanna Granich

non-Executive Director - Treasurer

Joanna Granich is an experienced clinical studies and research project manager. Over the past decade she has been responsible for managing daily operations on a range of projects at the Telethon Kids Institute. These included complex multi-site randomised controlled trials while others basic or experimental research in areas of child health, chronic and neurodevelopment conditions such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and intellectual disability.
Throughout he research and project management roles she facilitated new and novel scientific data and findings to advance the knowledge and impact on children’s health outcomes. With a strong focus on the implementation and translation of psycho-educational, behavioural, and technology-based interventions as well as investigational pharmacological products Joanna sought to improve study participants conditions and enhance their health, well-being and quality of life. Project collaborations and building of relationships with key internal and external stakeholders has been an integral part of her roles and an essential element to the development and success of clinical studies and research outcomes.
Over the past few years, Joanna has gained experience in early-stage medical and healthcare start-ups through private enterprises. She is a committee member of the Perth Biodesign Alumni Association and the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI) graduate.