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About OccIDEAS

The OccIDEAS Team

Lin Fritschi MBBS, PhD, FAFPHM

Lin Fritschi is an experienced cancer epidemiologist who is recognized internationally for her expertise in occupational causes of cancer. She has a medical degree and a PhD in epidemiology and is an accredited public health physician. She has led or been involved in case-control studies of cancers of the prostate, colon and rectum, breast and pancreas, as well as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and childhood leukaemia and brain cancer. In all these studies, assessment of occupational exposure was important and from this vast experience Lin conceived and continued to develop OccIDEAS. She has used OccIDEAS in a novel approach to solving the problem of how to estimate the prevalence of exposure to disease-causing agents at work on a national level.

Troy Sadkowsky MBA, BInfTech, BSc, Dip LabTech

Troy is globally recognized as a data scientist pioneer and is the founder of DataScientists.Net and its associated LinkedIn Group with over 47 thousand members.

Troy has Masters in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor in Information Technology. His data science skills draw upon his expertise as a master programmer, mentor, and entrepreneur. He has been working as a Data Scientist since 2009 and has been a passionate and an active video blogger on the topic of the data scientist career.

Troy has worked for universities like Monash University, University of Western Australia, University of Queensland, and recently won the Queensland University of Technology Vice Chancellors performance award in 2015 for his work as the lead data scientist building big data infrastructure for the Creative Industries Faculty.

Troy is the founder of the Australian company Data Scientists Pty Ltd which has international clients like the National Institute of Cancer in the US, Queens University in Belfast and University of Malaya. In 2017, Troy founded a company in Bhutan called Bhutan Data Scientists Pvt Ltd which delivers both training and project development services in data science. Bhutan Data Scientists is focused on the union of data science, health, and mindfulness and is working with the Ministry of Health, Institute of Information Technology and Management, Bhutan Jobs, Yarkay Group and the National Referral Hospital of Bhutan.

Bhutan Data Scientists Pvt Ltd aims to be a leader in data-driven solutions that honor the fundamentals of GNH policy. Focusing on education and community we facilitate business leaders, technologists, mathematicians and scientists in the process of creating data innovations that have a positive global impact. Bhutan Data Scientists Pvt Ltd’s associated Innovation Lab provides a global meeting place for creating world-centered value in a natural environment that balances tradition and innovation.

Ray Welburn MRSC, CChem, Grad Dip Inf Sys

Ray Welburn is an IT consultant providing contract software development and networking services. He has over 30 years experience in the chemical,  pharmaceuticals and IT industries in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Ray has been involved with the OccIDEAS project for the last 11 years, providing software and database development services as well as OccIDEAS support and remote management of the linux based web infrastructure used to host the OccIDEAS system. He has worked with a number of world class Universities such as Monash University in Australia and Queens University in Belfast, N. Ireland.

In his spare time Ray also provides volunteer IT support and web services to the regional museum and local charities as well as managing the local museum with his wife.

Deborah Glass MA, Cert Ed, MSc, PhD Dip Occ Hyg, MAIOH COH

Dr Deborah Glass worked in industry as an occupational hygienist before becoming an academic. She has worked at the Institute of Occupational Health, University of Birmingham and at Melbourne and Deakin Universities doing teaching and research. She is now a Senior Research Fellow in the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health. Deborah has also been involved with several occupational and environmental health studies assessing occupational exposure to a variety of agents. Deborah is on the ACGIH TLV committee and the Occupational Cancer Risk Working Party of The Cancer Council Australia. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH), was on AIOH Council, is a member of the Continuing Education subcommittee and is chair of the Education committee. She has over 30 peer reviewed papers and in addition more than 75 other publications including reports and published abstracts. Role in OccIDEAS: Providing expert assessor input into OccIDEAS.

Other people who have been involved in developing OccIDEAS


Dr Renee Carey

Dr Melissa Friesen

Jen Girschik

Renae Fernandez

Jeff Keys

Ellie Darcey

Corie Gray

Kahlia McCausland

Kate Lewkowski

Geza Benke

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