Victoria

06 Dec 19

2019 VIC AAG SECG Annual Forum

The forum will include 3 events:

  • Panel discussion on career opportunities post PhD
  • Facilitated networking with leaders in gerontology and fellow students and early career researchers
  • SEC members 5-minute presentation competition

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from a range of AAG members about career opportunities post PhD
  • Network with leaders in gerontology, fellow students and early career researchers
  • Celebrate the work being done by our graduate students and early career researchers

We are very grateful for the support of Dr Michael Murray who gives a generous prize for the best presentations!!


Panelists for the discussion on career opportunities post PhD will be:

Dr Anita Goh is a clinician researcher. She works at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, leads the Huntington’s disease research lab at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, The University of Melbourne, and is a research fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute. She is committed to improving the life and health of older people. As a clinical neuropsychologist, her work is informed by real life issues, and her research focuses on cognitive health, mental health, and quality of life in ageing, with a specialisation in dementia prevention and care. She is passionate about creating a future-friendly environment for our ageing population and focuses on knowledge translation, engagement, and science communication. She is committed to gender equality and is proud to be part of the collective that is making significant improvements for women in STEMM.

Dr Joanne Mihelcic is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of IT at Monash University in the People, Culture and Cyber Security team. She applies her interdisciplinary expertise and experience as a sociotechnical analyst to understanding how people experience the technical, social and material world. Joanne implements diverse research approaches to understanding technologies in a range of ageing, health, community and organisational contexts. Through her PhD research Joanne developed innovative techniques for co-creating person-centred records with people living with early stage dementia.

Dr Rajna Ogrin's initial clinical podiatry work identified gaps in the provision of evidence based clinical practice. This led her to move into research to optimise health and wellbeing through co-design and community based, person-centred interprofessional care, to better facilitate translating evidence into practice, focusing on older people.

Dr Rachel Winterton is a research fellow with the John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research, La Trobe University, and the convenor of the AAG Regional, Rural and Remote Special Interest Group. Her research is based in critical rural gerontology, and focuses on the micro/macro level barriers and opportunities associated with ageing in a rural area. Rachel's research is widely published in international high-impact journals, including the Gerontologist, and she has received over $1m in research grants and consultancies.


Dr Steve Savvas is a researcher fellow and stream leader at the National Ageing Research Institute. He also works in the aged care industry in quality and innovation at Royal Freemasons. He has a strong research interest in aged care, especially in areas such as pain, enhanced models of care, and workforce education.



Leaders in gerontology for facilitated networking session will be:

Associate Professor Bianca Brijnath is the Divisional Director of Social Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). Her disciplinary training is in primary healthcare, public health and medical anthropology and her research expertise is in mental health and care in primary care and community-based settings. Within these disciplinary and contextual boundaries, she has undertaken several studies exploring mental health and culture, and mental health and the life-course. She has authored over 80 publications, including a sole-authored book with Berghahn Books titled “Unforgotten: Love and the culture of dementia care in India” and is the lead investigator for the Moving Pictures study in Australia. In recognition of her research, she was awarded the Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award in 2018.

Danny Hills is a Registered Nurse and Associate Professor in the Federation University School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions. He has worked as a clinician, manager and educator in mental health and clinical governance, in rural and metropolitan community and hospital settings. Danny’s academic interests are in health services and workforce development, workplace aggression, clinical governance, mental health and well-being, and ageing. Has a particular interest in the application of design thinking in the areas of healthy ageing, the ageing workforce, work health and safety, and health care improvement and innovation. Over the last four years, he has been leading international study tours for design, media and nursing students to work together on proposals to promote and support healthy ageing in our diverse, ageing societies.

Nicki Doran is the Manager, Older People Policy in The Seniors, Ageing and Aged Care branch in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. She has a long held interest in improving care for older people with complex health and care needs.
Nicki seeks to improve the way the system responds to older people who are vulnerable to harm in hospital, and avoidable decline in the community. Current work includes identifying how hospitals respond to older people with acute care needs, and an evaluation of Victoria’s geriatric management and evaluation service. Nicki was also involved in the development of Victoria’s advance care planning policy, and implementation of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy and an Executive Masters in Public Administration.

Dr Sandra Iuliano is a senior research fellow in the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne. Dr Iuliano researches in the area of nutrition and exercise across the lifespan; specifically, to improve musculo-skeletal health. Relative to aging, her work has focussed on food-based approaches to prevent falls, fractures and malnutrition in older adults in aged-care, involving residential aged-care facilities from most of the key aged-care providers. She provided input into the new single framework quality and safety standards for aged care and was summoned to present evidence at the Royal Commission into Quality and Safety in Aged-Care regarding nutritional care in residential aged-care. She is a strong advocate for improving nutritional care and quality of life via improved food provision in aged-care.



We are delighted to confirm the following Student & Early Career Presenters:


Dr Kay Nguo is an early career researcher from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University in Melbourne. Kay began her professional career as a clinical dietitian in a major tertiary hospital before transitioning into research and academia. Kay completed her PhD in 2016 examining the effects of macronutrients on energy expenditure and appetite hormones in children and adults with obesity. Continuing on from these interest areas, during her post-doc she has developed skills and knowledge on the use of isotope tracer techniques for the measurement of energy expenditure and body composition in humans. These techniques are the doubly labelled water and the deuterium dilution techniques respectively. Her current research is focused on understanding the energy requirements of older adults.

Dr Den-Ching Angel Lee is a Research Fellow of the School of Primary and Allied Health Care at Monash University. She has received her PhD degree from Monash University in 2015. Her PhD program investigated falls prevention education and how it was provided to older adults and their caregivers during and after hospitalisation, the barriers and facilitators to this education taking place, and the effects of patient education on the uptake of evidence-based falls prevention activities. She is a registered physiotherapist. In this forum, she will present on a published paper that investigated risk factors of unplanned hospital readmission in older adults following subacute care within six months of initial discharge. Her research interests are prevention of accidental falls in older adults, physical activity, evidence-based practice by health professionals, and research to improve health and well-being of older people with dementia and informal caregivers.


Naomi Paine is a PhD student at Australian Catholic University. She is coming towards the end of her candidature. Inspired by working in healthy ageing with disadvantage older people, she is researching social exclusion among community dwelling oldest old. Her emergent findings point to a critical reflection on social exclusion, and researchers’ role in the propagation of ageist assumptions equating advanced age with social exclusion.




Tegwyn McManamny B Emerg Health(Hons) Grad Dip Emerg Health (ICP) is a PhD Candidate with the School of Public Health Preventive Medicine at Monash University, and an Intensive Care Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria. Her PhD is investigating the health education role of paramedics for older adults within rural and regional Australia, with a focus on potentially preventable hospitalisations and pre-hospital health initiatives. Her research interests include the effect of rurality on the health outcomes of older adults, and pre-hospital health education. Her passion in this area is driven by her work as an Intensive Care Paramedic in rural north-eastern Victoria.


Paulene Mackell has been a Research Fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute since 2012 and she is currently completing her PhD through the School of Design at RMIT. Her work at NARI has included coordinating the development of a range of resources that aim to assist clinical staff to identify and respond to the needs of older people receiving care in Victorian hospitals. She is currently leading a study exploring how three Aboriginal controlled art centres support their Elders in remote communities and her PhD is exploring how Participatory Action Research is enacted within this study.

Prior to joining NARI, Paulene worked as a social worker primarily with older people, their families and communities in both hospital and community settings, in Perth, Melbourne and the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Paulene is very interested in the role participatory methodologies can play to re-imagine the ways that research, evaluation, program delivery and policy development, is designed to centre older people’s experience and expertise, and in turn optimise trauma-informed approaches to care.

Dr Christine While is a registered psychiatric nurse with a special interest in dementia care and aged persons mental health. Christine is a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care at La Trobe University and a training consultant with Dementia Training Australia. She commenced a Fellowship in 2019 with the Capacity Building in Care Research program run by the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research.
Her research interest is in addressing the barriers to the translation of research outcomes into practical and sustainable day to day care that will enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia. Her methods incorporate facilitation and knowledge translation, skills training in change management and evaluation.
This presentation describes the person-centred principles that Christine embedded in the design of her PhD to support the inclusion of people living with dementia in research.



Schedule of events

Please arrive from 8:40am for 9am start

Venue: University of Melbourne
Gryphon Gallery Seminar Room
1888 Building
Grattan Street


The main entrance to the 1888 building is from Gate 7 and Gate 8 on Grattan Street, Parkville.

Note Grattan Street is closed to traffic between Royal Parade and Bouverie Street.

**Please contact Jo Tropea 0401338230 for information on wheelchair access to the building as there are stairs at the main entrance.

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Event Date & Time: 6th December 9.00am - 12.30pm

Event Location: University of Melbourne, VIC
Gryphon Gallery Seminar Room
1888 Building
Grattan Street

Registrations Open: 10th Oct 19 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 6th Dec 19 11:59 PM

Places Available: 45

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AAG members Free
Non-members $30
Concession/Student (Non-members) $15
Concession/students please use voucher VICSECG
at checkout to receive your discount

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