Zachary Munn

Dr Zachary Munn

Director - Transfer Science

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


A/Professor Zachary Munn is an advocate for evidence-based healthcare and for ensuring patients receive the best care possible based on the best available evidence. He is the director of the Transfer Science program of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) and a systematic review and guideline development methodologist.
JBI is an evidence-based healthcare research institute working towards a vision of the world in which the best available evidence is used to inform decision making at the point of care globally. JBI hosts the Joanna Briggs Collaboration, a network of 80 centres and groups with thousands of people contributing to this vision across the globe.
In his role as Director of Transfer Science, A/Prof Zachary Munn leads the development and coordination of the Institute’s educational courses, the development of systematic review and implementation software tools, and the promotion and publication of the collaboration’s methodologies. A/Prof Munn is the current Chair of the International JBI Scientific Committee and has been involved in the conduct of dozens of systematic reviews, clinical guidelines, evidence implementation and health services research projects. He is the convenor of two methodology committees focusing on grading evidence and systematic reviews of prevalence and incidence data. He has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences internationally, presenting on clinical practice guideline development, implementation science, systematic reviews and evidence-based healthcare. He is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare and is an Associate Editor for BMC Medical Research Methodology. He has published dozens of papers in peer reviewed journals.
He has been involved in and led research grants and commissioned projects for the UK Department for International Development, the Sax institute, HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation, the Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange (CREATE), the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses, Queensland Health (Allied Health), the Heart Foundation of Australia, Australian Diabetes Educators Association, Canberra and the Julian Burton Burns Trust Clipsal Community Grant.
A/Prof Zachary Munn is an active member of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) Australia and New Zealand regional steering group and the G-I-N Tech group. He is also the Director of the JBI Adelaide GRADE Center, the first GRADE Center in Australia. With a clinical background in medical imaging, nowadays A/Prof Munn is considered an expert systematic review methodologist and implementation scientist. He is a G-I-N Board Trustee, a Cochrane author, a member of the GRADE working group and project groups, and a member of the Living Systematic Reviews network. He is a current member of the NHMRC Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence (SToRE) Advisory Group.
In his role as a G-I-N Tech steering group member and as a product owner of JBI software (JBI SUMARI), A/Prof Munn is very familiar with the various tools available for systematic review and clinical guideline development and has been involved in the development of these tools. He understands how these tools can contribute to trustworthy clinical guideline development whilst still maintaining relevancy and currency, and where their use can optimise a digital and trustworthy evidence ecosystem.
Although A/Prof Munn is involved in many systematic reviews and guideline projects, perhaps the most rewarding part of his role is the chance to work hands on with clinicians and health services to facilitate the implementation of evidence into practice, particularly in low resource and LMIC settings.

Associate Professor Munn conducts projects investigating:

  • Effective and efficient health practices
  • Evidence-based healthcare
  • Systematic review methodology
  • Clinical guideline development methods
  • Grading and evaluating evidence and developing recommendations
  • Evidence implementation
  • Evidence transfer and knowledge translation

Munn Z, Aromataris E, Tufanaru C, Moola S, Bellman S, Lizarondo L, Porritt K, McArthur A. Evidence appraisal to inform guidelines for the management of heart failure. Heart Foundation. ($115,000)

Aromataris E, Munn Z, Tufanaru C, Moola S, Bellman S, Lizarondo L, Porritt K, McArthur A. Evidence appraisal to inform guidelines for the management of heart failure. Heart Foundation. ($96,800)

Munn Z, McArthur A, Lizarondo L. Facilitated evidence implementation program and research consultancy. Liverpool Hospital, NSW Health. ($31,896)

Peters M, Lockwood C, Munn Z, Moola S, Mishra RK. People’s views and experiences of microfinance intervention: a systematic review. UK Department for International Development. (£)42,080

McArthur A, Peters M, Chu V, Munn Z. Safe management of expressed breast milk. Sax Institute.

Runciman B, Pearson A, Mandel C, Maddern G, Schultz T, Aromataris E, Munn Z, Giles K. HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation. Use of surgical and interventional radiology checklists in Australian hospitals: uptake, barriers and enablers. ($310,000)

Tivey D, Tufunaru C, Munn Z, Riitano D, Aromataris E, Pearson A. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Continuing Professional Development to maintain competency and achieve improvements in practice: a systematic review ($52,500)

Munn Z, Porritt K, Xue Y et al. Development and update of six standards a nursing role and guideline; chief investigator Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN). ($18,700)

Munn Z, Tufanaru C, Campbell J. Development of evidence summaries for the bluepages depression online resource. ($7,500)

Singer Y, Munn Z, Australian & New Zealand Burns Association (ANZBA) Nursing Group 2012. Bridging the Gap Between Burns Evidence and Practice. Julian Burton Burns Trust Clipsal Community Grant. (AU $11,376).

Munn Z, Xue Y, Aromataris E (2012). Proposal to provide up to date evidence for ACORN standards. Australian College of Operating Room nurses. $4,900.

Lockwood C, Munn Z (2012). Australian Burns Conglomerate, Development of an evidence-base for burns care, $26,000 – Senior Content Developer.

Munn Z, Tufanaru C, Aromataris E, Pearson A. Clinical education and training for allied health assistants. Queensland Health. (AU $55,000)

Jayasekara R.S., Munn, Z. & Lockwood, C. (2008), The effectiveness and appropriateness of educational components and strategies associated with insulin pump therapy (IPT): A comprehensive systematic review. Australian Diabetes Educators Association, Canberra. (AU $ 37,280)

Member of a large project team. South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Benchmarking Cancer Researchers in South Australia: 2008 – 2012 ($40,000)

Teaching experience includes:

  • Development of online educational projects and resources.
  • Currently involved in course development and face-to-face presentation of a series of interactive workshops and short courses ranging from 1 to 5 days duration (7hrs/day), to health professionals (doctors, nurses, allied health professionals) and academics both in Australia and abroad. Course topics include systematic reviews, guideline development, decision support systems, evidence based healthcare, quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods and others.
  • Development and presentation of intensive postgraduate program (part of HDR structured program), primarily focussed on research methods, to Master of Clinical Science/Master of Philosophy in Evidence Based Health Care students.
  • Development of online courses for an online Masters of Public Health program

If you are interested in our systematic review or GRADE workshops, visit: http://joannabriggs.org/education/short-courses

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Allied Health, Nursing and Medical Staff Experiences and Perceptions of Care of Overweight/Obese People in Primary Health Care Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Miss Elsie Patterson
    2019 Principal Supervisor Systematic review and meta-analysis of the outcomes of low cost mesh in hernioplasty in low and middle income countries Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ashish Immanuel Vaska
    2019 Co-Supervisor Precision Medicine in Mental Health: Prevention and Treatment Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Mr Michael Musker
    2018 Principal Supervisor Orbital Cellulitis: Open vs Endoscopic Surgical Techniques Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Dr Vimal Sekhar
    2018 Principal Supervisor Diagnostic accuracy of computed tomography coronary angiography using recent advances in technology in patients with high heart rates Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Mr Gordon Thomas Waterland Mander
    2018 Principal Supervisor Optimisation of Radiographic Technique Factors for Direct Digital Radiography Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ms Caitlin Jane Steffensen
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Effectiveness of operative interventions in individuals with hemi or total hip arthroplasty who sustain a Vancouver B2 peri-prosthetic femoral fracture Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Dr Jamie Raffaele Ianunzio
    2016 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination in healthcare settings through the development of an evidence-informed guideline Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Garumma Tolu Feyissa
    2016 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Effect of Moisturisers on Scars: A Systematic Review Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ms Tanja Klotz
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Fixation methods for acute syndesmotic injury – A systematic review and meta-analysis Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Dr Tom Jan Gieroba
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor The Effectiveness of Selective Thoracic Fusion for Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Systematic Review Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Nathan David Eardley-Harris
    2014 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Muscle Strength in Adults with Spinal Cord Injury: A Systematic Review of Manual Muscle Testing, Isokinetic and Hand Held Dynamometry Clinimetrics Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Mrs Kerry Peek
    2014 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Effectiveness of Surgical versus Conservative Treatment for Symptomatic Unilateral Spondylolysis of the Lumbar Spine in Athletes. Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Dr Morné Stephan Scheepers
    2014 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The Effectiveness of Interventions Designed to Improve the Academic Outcomes of Children and Adolescents in Out-of-Home Care: A Systematic Review Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ms Dagmara Riitano
    2014 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Effectiveness of tight glycaemic control on mortality and morbidity in patients undergoing cardiac surgery in hospital: a systematic review Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Mr Ali Azam Mohammad Morshed
    2013 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Women's experience of diabetes and diabetes management in pregnancy: A systematic review of qualitative literature Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Mrs Lynn Costi
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2018 - ongoing Board Member NHMRC Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence National Health and Medical Research Council Australia
    2017 - ongoing Board Member Guidelines International Network Board of Trustees United Kingdom
    2016 - ongoing Director JBI Adelaide GRADE Center The Joanna Briggs Institute Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Guidelines International Network Australia and New Zealand Regional Steering Committee
    2014 - ongoing Chair The Joanna Briggs Institute Scientific Committee
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing Guidelines International Network Conference Committee
    2017 - ongoing Guidelines International Network Membership Committee
    2017 - ongoing GRADE Prognostic working group
    2017 - ongoing Living Systematic Reviews Network
    2016 - ongoing GRADE Education and credentialing working group
    2014 - ongoing JBI Diagnostic Reviews Methodological Group
    2014 - ongoing Member GRADE Working Group
    2013 - ongoing JBI Qualitative Methods Group
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Associate Editor BMC Medical Research Methodology
    2014 - 2015 Editor JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
    2014 - ongoing Board Member The International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
  • Position: Director - Transfer Science
  • Phone: 83133642
  • Email: zachary.munn@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Womens & Childrens Hospital
  • Building: WCH - Norwich Centre, floor 3
  • Room: 3 08
  • Org Unit: Joanna Briggs Institute

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