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01 Aug 13

The Many and Varied Opportunities Post PhD

Presented as a joint activity by the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and
Emerging Researchers in Ageing Australia (ERA)

The PhD experience is a long and winding journey, full of highs and lows. There is no doubt though, that despite how far in the future it may feel, the PhD journey will end and the time will come to “get a real job”.

The good news is that there are many options available, but which one will appeal to you?

Listen to, and ask questions of, three early career researchers who have recently completed a PhD. Frances combines a research and clinical role, Virginia has worked with both a stakeholder group and non-profit organisation, while Tony worked for the government before moving to a non-profit organisation.

  • Hear the personal stories and career decisions of three early career researchers and practitioners.
  • Consider career options on completing the PhD that are outside of the traditional academic sphere.
  • Interact with other students/early career group members throughout the webinar.

The Panel

Dr Frances Batchelor
Dr Frances Batchelor is a research fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute. She is a physiotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in neurology and gerontology. She completed a PhD in 2010 with a thesis entitled “Falls prevention after stroke”. Her current research interests relate to falls prevention across a range of settings and clinical groups, identification and treatment of mild balance dysfunction and the relationship between falls and sleep. A particular focus is the implementation of exercise interventions, including the use of technology to deliver exercise programs.

Dr Virginia Simpson-Young
Virginia is a Senior Program Officer with NPS MedicineWise where she develops and implements strategies to help older Australians manage their medicines and diagnostic tests. Prior to this she was the Research and Policy Officer for the Macular Degeneration Foundation and before that she researched community aged care at Macquarie University. Virginia completed her PhD at Sydney University on social capital, conducting an ethnographic study of a licensed social club and its older users.

Dr Tony Coles
Tony Coles is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), where he has worked since January 2009. Prior to taking up employment with the AAG, Tony successfully completed the Australian Public Service graduate program and worked for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as an Assistant Director with the Office for an Ageing Australia. Tony has also worked as a lecturer at the University of Tasmania and the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has a PhD from the University of Tasmania, School of Sociology and Social Work. Tony is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Society of Association Executives, and is the Executive Officer of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Asia/Oceania Region.

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Event Date & Time: Thursday 1st August 2013, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Event Location: WEBINAR

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