Victoria

06 Dec 19

2019 VIC AAG SECG Annual Forum


The AAG VIC Student and Early Career Group Members presents the 2019 Annual Forum

Students and early career researchers are proud to be members of the AAG, Australia’s peak national body linking professionals working across multidisciplinary fields of ageing.

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

We would like to invite you to presentations by the student and early career members of the AAG. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to present and is limited one static power point slide. A prize will be given to the presenters who use the best presentation style to engage with and communicate to a diverse audience.

  • 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
  • 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.

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: 59

Your Investment

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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