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Medical research strategy that delivers funding, results and impact, and ultimately improves lives



Moira Clay Consulting has strategy at its heart. 


No matter where you are in your journey, our team of specialists, led by Australia’s foremost expert in health and medical research strategy, will work with you to achieve success.

Our ethos

We love health and medical research.

We work with leaders across the Australian health, medical research and translation sector. You are the experts, and we are the strategy experts behind you.

We bring you independence and a broad experience of what works to help achieve your vision.

We listen and act with integrity. We have generosity of spirit and celebrate your success.

We are collaborative, consultative, and inclusive. We challenge you to think laterally, plan intelligently and implement effectively.

Authentic, inclusive, respectful and engaging relationships drive the way we work.

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Our story

Professor Moira Clay was attracted to Western Australia in 2010 by Professor Fiona Stanley AC (pictured).  Moira founded Moira Clay Consulting in 2013, propelled by her drive to help Australian health and medical research leaders achieve transformative health benefits for the community.


Since 2013, Moira Clay Consulting has worked with research organisations across Australia. We incorporated to become Moira Clay Consulting Pty Ltd in 2021.

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Our focus is on delivering transformative solutions.

Your challenges are our challenges.

Your success is our success.

Your impact is our impact.

Our value

We focus on the success of our clients delivering maximum value.

We know the sector.  We have established connections with organisations across the depth and breadth of the Australian health and medical research ecosystem.

Our strong reputation is built on projects and major initiatives that have added value to health and medical research organisations across Australia including medical research institute's, hospitals, research funders, universities and peak bodies.

Our independent model means we tell it like it is, but first and foremost we work with you to develop an effective strategy to achieve your goals.

Our work falls in three broad categories

Planning and strategy

Research review and evaluation

Major initiatives

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Our clients

We bring our extensive experience in health and medical research to create bespoke solutions for our clients.


We work with medical research institutes and centres, clinical and translational research groups and centres, research funding bodies, universities, professional bodies and hospitals nationwide.

To find out more about who we have worked with recently, click the links below.

Medical Research Institutes

Research Funders

Clinical and Translational Research

Feedback from our clients

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Professor Peter Leedman AO

Director, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

“Moira was critical to us achieving our first major aim for the Comprehensive Cancer Centre – the announcement of $375M funding from the Federal Government.  Moira bought exceptional strategic skills to the project as well as strong connections to a highly relevant national network.  Her work strengthened the vision for the Centre.  Her ability to work collaboratively across all stakeholders helped us stay focused on the bigger picture.  I look forward to Moira playing an integral part in this transformative project as it develops in coming years”

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Moira Clay Consulting on site at the SA Health and Medical Research Institute
Moira Clay Consulting Team on site at the Telethon Kids Institute
Moira in action facilitating the stakeholder forum for the WA Comprehensive Cancer Centre
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Moira Clay Consulting team on site at Edith Cowan University
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Our people

The Moira Clay Consulting team has over 100 years combined experience in medical research and life sciences, research strategy, translational research initiatives, research data, research funding governance and health precincts. 


We have worked extensively across medical research institutes, the university sector, funding bodies, professional organisations and biotechnology companies.


We create a bespoke team for every client to meet your unique needs. 

Prof Moira Clay PhD

Dr Carina Marshall

Dr Dora Horvath

Emmanuelle (Emm) Duglas

Founder & CEO




A/Prof Shannon Simpson

Sandrine Goodwin

Tanneke Zeeuw

Susanna (Suze) Wills-Johnson



Operations Manager

Executive Assistant