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Board Members

A/Prof Christine Stirling - President

Associate Professor Christine Stirling is the Vice President of AAG, and a nursing academic at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Christine has a career long interest in improving health care through workforce innovation and consumer research. She has a particular interest in supporting older persons to remain living in the community, in dementia studies, and in the future workforce innovations that can support improved health care. Christine’s published work covers volunteers, informal carers, decision aids, and memory clinics and how these can help to improve health services. Christine joined the AAG in 2009 as a member of the Tasmanian Division, serving as Treasurer 2010-2011, then State President 2011-2013. She was an inaugural co-convenor of the Gerontological Nursing Special Interest Group in 2014. She has served on the National Board (previously Council) since 2011 and was Vice President 2013 - 2017.

Anne Farthing - Vice President
Annie has lived and worked in Central Australia since 1992, having moved here to work as a physiotherapist at the Community Health Centre. Since then, she has worked primarily with Indigenous people from Alice Springs and surrounding remote Indigenous communities with a focus on Aged and Disability services, more recently spending 5 years at a consulting therapist at a residential aged care facility for Indigenous Central Australians. She is currently working part time as an academic at the Centre for Remote Health and as a service provider for the Transitional Care Program. Annie has post graduate qualifications in Aboriginal Studies, as well as graduating from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is an active member of Services for Australian Rural and Remote Health (SARRAH) which aims to represent the needs of Allied health professionals in the bush. Annie is also a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and the AAG, having really enjoyed the experience of being on the committee for the conference in Alice Springs.

Dr Claudia Meyer

Dr Claudia Meyer is a Research Fellow at the RDNS Institute in Melbourne. The RDNS is a community-based organisation delivering clinical nursing and care services to people in their homes across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Claudia combines her skills as an experienced physiotherapist with her research expertise, moving research into action for community-dwelling older people and their carers, specifically in the areas of equity in healthcare, falls prevention and dementia care. She draws upon her expanding network in the community care, hospital and academic sectors to drive her belief in reducing the gap between research and clinical practice. Dr Meyer is the current President of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Council of Student Organizations. She has been an AAG Victorian Executive committee member since 2008 and is immediate past National President of the Student and Early Career Group (position held in 2009-10 and 2013).

Dr Andrea Petriwskyj
Andrea is a research fellow at The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on engagement and participation, with a particular focus on diversity and inclusion, conducted across the contexts of local government and communities, disability services, aged care, and membership organisations. She has served on the Queensland Division Committee since 2007. She brings to the board a critical socio-political perspective and expertise in practice-and-policy focused research.

Sue McGrath

Susan McGrath is the Canberra-based National Policy Manager for COTA Australia. Her role at COTA allows her to pursue a fervent interest in the wellbeing of older people and the issues facing an ageing society across social, economic, health and environmental policy. She is especially committed to ageing policy founded on a strong evidence base and engagement with those whose lives it affects. Sue has worked in many professional roles in government and the community sector, and as a consultant to both. She has contributed extensively to federal policy development and to improving government programs and administration, and to the effectiveness of a number of community organisations.

Also, in 35 years as a facilitator, Sue has helped to persuasively bring the views and ideas of many communities across Australia to government through consultation processes in health, communications, employment, industry development, regional development, housing and more.

David Heath

David Heath is the Honorary Treasurer of AAG. He is the Senior Actuary and Director at Cumpston Sarjeant Pty Ltd, an actuarial consulting firm. Most of David’s experience is in the area of long-tailed insurance and accident compensation, including motor bodily injury and workers’ compensation. David lectures at the University of Melbourne where he is an Honorary Senior Fellow. He is also a director on the TAC Board.

Despite being both an accountant and an actuary, he hopes he is not Australia’s most boring man.

Prof Keith Hill

Professor Keith Hill is Head of the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University (since Jan 2012). He is a physiotherapist and senior researcher, with 36 years clinical experience in rehabilitation and aged care, and an extensive recent track record in implementing and completing range of falls prevention, rehabilitation and physical activity research programs for older people in the community, hospital and residential aged care settings. Professor Hill has 230 peer reviewed publications, and has received over $17 million of research funding as a Chief Investigator. He has supervised 16 PHD students; 2 Professional Doctorate Students; 5 Masters Students; and 7 Honours students to successful completion. He has been President of the Victorian Division of AAG (2006-2009). He was Chair of the IAGG Asia Oceana Council (2013-2017), and has a strong interest in supporting collaborative research within the Asia Oceana Region.

A/Prof Marguerite Bramble

Associate Professor Marguerite Bramble is a senior academic and leader in aged care with national collaborations across disciplines. An AAG member and committee member across Tasmania, Queensland and NSW, involvement has included leading hot topic events, coordinating the NSW Rural Conference 2018 and contributing to national working groups. As an author and peer reviewer for the Australasian Journal of Ageing her expertise provides leverage in translating aged care policy and governance to practice.

Prior to her academic career her corporate experience as a manager and consultant ranged from graduating as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors to board membership and serving on a number of senior management committees linked to boards in both private and public sectors.

Dr Lynsey Brown

With an interest in health psychology, Lynsey completed a PhD in 2013 (Flinders University) which focused on the physical and psychological wellbeing of spouse dementia caregivers. She has a Psychology Honours degree (Flinders University), Graduate Diploma in Counselling (UniSA), and is undertaking a Master’s degree in Public Health (Torrens University).
Lynsey has been working in research for 10 years. She is currently a Research Fellow at Flinders University where she is involved in teaching, knowledge exchange (co-convenor of the national Primary Health Care Research Conference) and practice-based research focusing on quality improvement in General Practice.
Lynsey is an AAG Distinguished Member, AAG Student and Early Career Group (SECG) Executive Committee member, leader of the SECG Communications Group, and is involved in building the AAG’s social media profile. Lynsey has been an active member of the AAG SA Division Committee since 2013 and is convenor of the SA Gerontology (SAGe) Conference.

November 2017

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