QLD Division


The Queensland Division of the AAG brings together a broad range of people with an interest in ageing and provides opportunities to network and discuss the latest news in gerontology through regular seminars and events. 

The Queensland Division also collaborates with other organisations across the State to support networking and knowledge building. The Division has an active student and early career group which holds its own events as well as participating in broader State activities.


Division Chair

Dr Katrina Radford (BPsych (hons), MHRM, PhD, GradCertHighEdu) is a lecturer at Griffith University. My research program focuses on managing an ageing population in three key areas: 1) How can we better support an ageing workforce? 2) How can we better retain and support employees within the aged care sector?, and  3) How can we build better systems or programs that provide quality care for the ageing population? 


Vice Chair

Since 2010 Cherylee Treloar has been the CEO of Footprints in Brisbane Inc. (Footprints), a highly respected not for profit community based organization that delivers community based support and clinical services; funded by government (Commonwealth, State and Local) and charitable donation to older people, disabled, mentally ill, homeless and at risk of homeless persons.
She has previously held management positions with global companies such as Australian Red Cross (Queensland) and State-wide Blue Care as well as Local Government (economic development & corporate services).  She has continually been involved in a variety of groups and boards including contributing to various government consultations. She has extensive expertise in government and community engagement.
Cherylee has led reform and has a proven record in growth within organisations. Over the past three years, Government initiatives have included Aged Care Reforms (Consumer Directed Care) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme; facilitating workforce and program restructuring, effective funding utilisation and strengthening governance.
Cherylee is a motivated and passionate individual who is skilled at leading organisations to grow and prosper while adding value to the sector on ageing issues, strongly promoting equity of access.



Dr Xanthe Golenko has a diverse research portfolio spanning multiple areas including health services management, health workforce education, and health economics.
With a business background and a PhD in Organisational Behaviour, Xanthe has a strong interest in aged care policy and organisational culture and is passionate about social connection. She has expertise in intergenerational programs having worked for two years on a research project involving the development, implementation and evaluation of an intergenerational learning program across four research sites in Australia.
As a researcher, she is dedicated to exploring innovative approaches to service delivery that are evidence-based, sustainable and effective in improving the quality of life for older people accessing aged care services.



Barbara Dennis retired in January 2017 after 20 plus years employed in Aged Care, community development and Primary Health, in north, far north and north-west Queensland, gaining experience of issues for people living in remote and rural situations including Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. I have just completed a Bachelor of Dementia Care through University of Tasmania and have a Bachelor of Health Science – Gerontology.



Student & Early Career Group Representative

Danielle Cavee is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and PhD Candidate. She completed a Master of Dietetics Studies at The University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Nutrition Science at Queensland University of Technology. Her research interests are nutrition for older adults, particularly those living in aged care homes. Her doctorate research focuses on exploring the sustainability of food fortification within the foodservice systems of aged care homes.



Board Nominee

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.



Dr Andrea Petriwskyj is Program Coordinator – Research and Community Education at COTA Queensland, and is also Honorary Senior Research Fellow at The University of Queensland. She comes from a research background focusing on engagement and participation, with a particular interest in how older people’s diverse voices influence decision making, across the contexts of local government, disability services, aged care, and membership organisations. She has served on the Queensland Division Committee since 2007


Suzanne Hodgkin's principal research interests lie in the area of Health Care Workforce, Aged Care and Intergenerational Solidarity. The common theme is the provision of services and supports to older people living in rural communities, and how formal services combine with informal supports.

Dr Theresa Scott is a Psychologist whose research focuses on older adults and Geropsychology. She holds an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship and has experience in research on functional outcomes for persons with dementia in communities and residential aged care. Theresa's NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship focuses on the complex issues around dementia and driving. 


Dr Ashlyn Sahay is a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator for Postgraduate Research in the School of Nursing Midwifery and Social Sciences. She is also the Coordinator of the Health Workforce Academy which focuses on building the research capability for higher degree research students engaged in health workforce.


Mikaela Wheeler completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences, followed by a Masters of Dietetic Studies at the University of Queensland. Her research interests focus on nutrition for the elderly, particularly for those who live in residential aged care homes. Specifically, her research aims to better understand how static menus can be used to increase the choice and flexibility provided to residents in the meal service.


Ruth Wagstaff



Dr Sam Fien. A driven Early Career Researcher at CQUniversity who lectures in Exercise and Sport Sciences. Samantha is passionate about her research in ageing and exercise as you are never too old to start. She knows that research must be translated to the greater community and is also a LASA NextGen Ambassador for Queensland in aged care services.  In addition, Samantha is also a surf lifesaver volunteering her time to patrolling the beaches whilst also developing the younger generation via leadership programs at a Queensland State and Australian National level.  Samantha holds a PhD in 'Gait performance and the benefits of exercise in older adults living in residential aged care' and Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Bond University.

Thanks to the following previous Committee members

SECG Representative - Gillian Stockwell-Smith, General Committee members - Anthea Bott, Rachel Brimelow, Michele Smith, Jeni Warburton, Melinda Martin Khan.

Past Chairs:

Lynne Parkinson


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