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Board Members

Professor Christine Stirling - President of AAG/Chair of the Board

Professor Stirling is 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.

Professor Linda Rosenman - Chair of the Trustees of the AAG Research Trust
Professor Linda Rosenman has been a member of AAG for 25 years. She has recently retired after an academic and senior management career at University of Queensland where she is professor emeritus, Victoria University (Melbourne) and Charles Darwin University where she is a professorial research fellow. Her research focuses upon superannuation and retirement incomes, financial elder abuse and intergenerational transfers of care and wealth.
A/Prof Marguerite Bramble - Vice President of AAG and AAG Research Trust
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.
David Heath - Treasurer of AAG and AAG Research Trust (Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee)

David 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.

Dr Victoria Cornell

Victoria is the Housing Research Manager at ECH, one of SA’s largest independent living and aged care services providers; and a research active Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.

As a social gerontologist, Victoria is undertaking research including in-home care provision, community connectedness, the built environment and housing - especially alternative models of housing, and housing for vulnerable older people.Victoria convenes AAG’s Housing and the Built Environment special interest group.

In 2019 Victoria was awarded the AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship to investigate alternative, affordable models of housing that could help older Australians to age-in-place. For the Fellowship, Victoria will be visiting the USA, Germany, Denmark, Singapore and Japan.

Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott
Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott is a Senior Researcher at the University of Tasmania, Australia, in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, and a registered Clinical Psychologist. Her field is in psychogeriatrics, particularly older adults’ psychological adjustment to health conditions. She has practiced and published in the areas of aged and dementia care, workforce and older adult mental health, psycho-oncology, as well as implementation and translational health services research. Over the past six years, Kate-Ellen has contributed to the AAG’s Tasmanian Division as President and Student and Early Career representative. She has worked collaboratively to host gerontology events that attracted local media and awarded travel bursaries. Kate-Ellen was also a founding co-convenor for the special interest group on Ageing, Workforce and Education (AWE). She has led and contributed to, local and national networks and advisory groups on aged care workforce health and wellbeing.

Dr Chris Hatherly
Dr Chris Hatherly has been a member of the AAG since 2007, serving as ACT Division Treasurer (2010-12) and President (2012-15), as National Student Representative (2009), and as a Founding Director of the AAG Board on a one-year term in 2012. He was made an AAG Fellow in 2013.

Chris has a PHD in psychology from the ANU specialising in cognitive ageing, and currently works as Executive Director of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He was previously Director of Science Policy at the Academy of Science and National Research Manager at Alzheimer’s Australia. These roles have involved effective advocacy to Federal Government Ministers and significant interaction with senior stakeholders in government, academia and industry.

Professor Gill Lewin
Professor Gill Lewin currently holds the position of Research and Evaluation Specialist at Access Care Networks Australia (ACNA). Prior to her present position and a period working overseas, Gill worked at both Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. In Curtin as Professor in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine and in UWA as Research Academic in the West Australian Centre for Rural Health. Gill has been involved in research on ageing since she joined Silver Chain, a large Australian not for profit community health and aged provider, as the Research Manager in August 1993. Her particular research interest during her time at Silver Chain was the development and testing of care models that promote the independence of older people.

Dr Claudia Meyer (Board contact for AAG's Student and Early Career Group)
Dr Claudia Meyer is a Research Fellow at the Bolton Clarke Research Institute in Melbourne. Bolton Clarke is a large not-for-profit organisation providing services across the spectrum for at-home support, retirement village living and residential care across Australia, New Zealand and parts of 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 immediate Past President of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Council of Student Organisations, continuing as the Asia-Oceania representative. She has been an AAG Victorian Executive committee member since 2008 and has served as the National President of the Student and Early Career Group.

Toni Roberts
Toni Roberts is a Manager of a Flexible Aged Care Facility in Maningrida, a remote community in the Northern Territory. Toni has held this position since 2017 – prior to this Toni held a similar position in another remote NT community. Toni is originally from Perth and worked for the WA government for over 20 years.

Toni holds a diploma in Community Management. Toni is currently undertaking a Diploma in Indigenous Culture. Toni received a Community Services Award from the Governor General in 2018. This was in recognition of the work and commitment to improve the care and outcomes for Aboriginal people particularly Aged and People with a Disability.

Toni is passionate about providing services to people that are person centred, culturally appropriate and promote choice and control.


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Nov 2019

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