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The CRE Frailty and Healthy Ageing is a global team of collaborators from a wide variety of the fields including geriatrics, general practice, orthopaedic surgery, rehabilitation medicine, nursing, geriatric pharmacotherapy, gero-kinesiology, health economics, knowledge translation and geography.

Professor Renuka Visvanathan

Professor Renuka Visvanathan

Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

Professor Renuka Visvanathan is an academic geriatrician with the University of Adelaide, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Clinical Director of the Aged & Extended Care Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network.She specialises in nutritional frailty research and is interested in preventing the impact of frailty and improving the wellbeing and quality of life for older people

Professor Jonathan Karnon

Professor Jonathan Karnon

Health Economics

Jon Karnon is a Professor of Health Economics at the University of Adelaide. He has been undertaking applied economic evaluations to inform the value for money of health care technologies and services for over 20 years. He also uses routinely collected health care data to inform improvements in service provision. Jon is President of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand and has sat on the Economic Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Advisory Committee since 2009.

Professor Alison Kitson

Professor Alison Kitson

Nursing and Knowledge Translation

Professor Alison Kitson is Dean of Nursing and Head of School at University of Adelaide. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in Knowledge Translation activity relating to better understanding the mechanisms that enable new knowledge such as guidelines or clinical innovations to be introduced into clinical practice.

Professor Justin Bielby

Professor Justin BeilbyLink to external website

General Practice and Reform

Professor Justin Beilby is Vice-Chancellor of Torrens University Australia and a qualified practising General Practitioner, board member and leader in primary care/general practice reform in Australia over the past 20 years. He has served as President of the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (2011-2013), a clinical lead in the development of Health Workforce Australia’s National Training Plan, which developed a new model for the Australian healthcare system.

Professor Ian Cameron

Professor Ian Cameron Link to external website

Rehabilitation Medicine

Professor Ian Cameron is a consultant physician in Rehabilitation Medicine and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Sydney. He has extensive expertise in injury, musculoskeletal injury, catastrophic injury, rehabilitation and disability; specifically disability and health in older people. He is an expert advisor to Government and private sector on injury management, rehabilitation programs, and health services for older people and people with disabilities.

Associate Professor Simon Bell

Associate Professor Simon Bell Link to external website


A/Prof Simon Bell is an internationally renowned pharmacy researcher and is Associate Professor in the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety at Monash University. His field of expertise include factors associated with polypharmacy in aged care, the impact of drug use on hospitalisation, mortality and frailty; and the impact of medications on older people with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Associate Professor Mellick Chehade

Associate Professor Mellick Chehade

Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

A/Prof Mellick Chehade is an orthopaedic trauma surgeon with an international reputation in musculoskeletal and trauma education, hip fracture care, surgical wound management, and biomechanical research in fracture healing. He is a member of the Global Fragility Fracture Network and Australia and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) and has a special interest in translation of best evidence into practice through policy.

Dr Helen Feist

Dr Helen Barrie (Feist)


Dr Helen Barrie is a demographer, gerontologist and University Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Her research examines population trends with a research focus on older populations, ageing-in-place and the nexus between living independently, the built environment and access to services and community.

Emeritus Professor Derek Frewin AO

Emeritus Professor Derek Frewin AO

Independent Chair

Emeritus Professor Derek Frewin AO is the Independent Chair of the Management Committee of the Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing. He is a Clinical Pharmacologist/Cardiovascular Physician by training and is currently a Senior Consultant Physician at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. His past roles have included those of being Dean of the Adelaide Medical School, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Chair of the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools and a Member of the Australian Medical Council. Emeritus Professor Frewin has had a long-standing commitment to the care of the elderly and the management of cardiovascular problems in this group.

Professor Matteo Cesari

Professor Matteo Cesari Link to external website

Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

Professor Matteo Cesari is Director of the Geriatric Unit at the Fondazione Ca' Granda-Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico (Milan, Italy) and Professor of Geriatrics at the University of Milan (Milan, Italy). His research expertise is in the screening, assessment and management of the frailty condition to prevent the disabling cascade. Prof. Cesari has been serving as consultant to the World Health Organization in the development of recommendations for healthy ageing and integrated care for older people. He is the coordinator of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) Special Interest Group on ‘Frailty in older persons’, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Frailty & Ageing, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences. He is a member of the International Consensus Committee on Frailty with associate investigators Prof. Morley and Prof. Rockwood. He will actively contribute to the centre for screening pathway research projects.

Professor John Morley

Professor John Morley Link to external website

Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

Professor John Morley is a geriatrician based at St Louis University (SLU), Missouri, USA. He leads the International Consensus Committee on Frailty which includes associate investigators Prof Cesari and Prof Rockwood. He is Divisional Director of Geriatrics at SLU, which has functioned as a major Geriatrics Center over the last 25 years and he is Editor to the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. Professor Morley will actively contribute to the proposed epidemiology and screening pathway research where he and Prof Visvanathan will be developing a new screening tool for frailty in residential aged care.

Professor Ken Rockwood

Professor Ken Rockwood Link to external website

Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

Professor Kenneth Rockwood is a geriatrician leading the Geriatric Medicine Research Unit (GMR),  Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada with research expertise in clinical and epidemiological frailty. He pioneered the cumulative deficit model of frailty diagnosis and has developed the Clinical Frailty Scale and the Hierarchical Assessment of Balance and Mobility tool which have been widely used by researchers and clinicians globally. He will collaborate with centre researchers in the epidemiology research projects and the provide guidance and mentorship of junior centre researchers.

Dr Olga Theou

Dr Olga Theou Link to external website

International Gerontology Network - Gero-kinesiology

Dr Olga Theou is a gero-kinesiologist and a research scientist in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has extensive experience in clinical and epidemiological frailty and in mobility/physical activity assessments and prescription, in both community and clinical settings. Dr Theou will collaborate with the CRE researchers in physical activity, mobility and epidemiology research and she will play a pivotal role on the support the mentorship of junior centre researchers.

Dr Tim Schultz

Dr Tim Schultz


Dr Tim Schultz is a research fellow in the Adelaide Nursing School. He is an experienced systematic reviewer and researcher in health services and patient safety. He recently led a stepped wedge randomised controlled trial in a hospital setting evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention to improve nutritional screening and patient care and is coordinating the School’s Higher Degree by Research program. Dr Schultz will co-lead the coordination of the mentorship activities of the centre in collaboration with Dr Yu.

Dr Solomon Yu

Associate Professor Solomon Yu

Geriatric Medicine

Dr Solomon Yu is Deputy Director of the Aged & Extended Care Services and a geriatrician with a PhD in the epidemiology of sarcopenia and the development general practice screening tool for sarcopenia. Dr Yu is clinical lead for training within our specialist geriatrics service and the national training site accreditation lead for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He will co-supervise postgraduate students in collaboration with the Chief investigators and co-lead the coordination of the mentorship activities of the centre in collaboration with Dr Schultz.

Dr Danielle Taylor

Dr Danielle Taylor

Health Geography/ Demography

Dr Danielle Taylor is a health geographer at the University of Adelaide, with experience in the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for health research. Her research interests include the application of spatial technology to: health inequalities; spatial epidemiology; accessibility analysis; improving strategic service planning and resource allocation. She is the recipient of the 2017 Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship, based at the Basil Hetzel Institute. Her fellowship research will aim to understand the influence of environmental factors, in particular local measures of accessibility, as enablers or barriers to healthy ageing and indicators of frailty risk.

Hon Mark Butler M.P.

Hon Mark Butler Link to external website

Independent Chair

The Hon Mark Butler is member of federal parliament representing the electorate of Port Adelaide and is currently the Shadow Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water. From 2011-2013 he held the ministerial appointment of Minister for Mental Health and Ageing and in 2015 he wrote 'Advanced Australia: The Politics of Ageing' discussing positive approaches to ageing and the contribution older people to the community. He is the independent chair for the centres Advisory Group.

Ms Jane Mussared

Ms Jane Mussared - Council of the Ageing, SA Link to external website

Chief Executive Officer of Council of the Ageing

Ms Jane Mussared is the Chief Executive Officer of Council of the Ageing (COTA) South Australia. Jane Mussared is well known as a passionate advocate for thinking differently about what our ageing means - for individuals, for families and for our SA community. She is also a member of national policy committees, such as the National Aged Care Alliance advisory group on Home Care.

Mr Lui DiVenuto

Mr Lui DiVenuto - South Australian Division of the Australian Association of Gerontology Link to external website

President of the SA Australian Association of Gerontology

Mr DiVenuto is the President of the SA Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), Australia's peak national body linking professionals working across the multidisciplinary fields of ageing, since 1964. AAG has connected professionals with an interest in gerontology to help them collaborate and exchange information on ageing. The AAG's goal is to expand knowledge of ageing in order to improve the experience of ageing.

Ms Rosa Colanero

Ms Rosa Colanero OAM - Multicultural Aged Care Link to external website

Chief Executive of Multicultural Aged Care South Australia

Ms Rosa Colanero is Chief Executive of Multicultural Aged Care South Australia (MACSA) since 2006. Ms Colanero has extensive experience in professional, policy, information and resources development and training, and, programs and projects development and implementation; has chaired and sat on numerous ministerial committees and peak bodies focusing on education and training; gender issues; access and equity and social justice; cultural diversity and community capacity building.

Ms Lou Bainger

Ms Lou Bainger

Consumer Representative

Ms Lou Bainger is a consumer representative for the advisory group. She has knowledge and experience in diversional therapy which is a client centred practice and recognises that leisure and recreational experiences are the right of all individuals. Ms Bainger provides valuable consumer perspectives and offers advice which helps to direct the research.

Ms Melissa Centofanti

Ms Melissa Centofanti Link to external website

Chief Executive Officer of the Aged and Community Service

Ms Melissa Centofanti is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aged and Community Service (ACS) SA and Northern Territory Inc. A major part of Melissa’s role is to represent, and advocate for, ACS SA & NT’s membership in all issues affecting aged and community care services at local, state and federal government levels. ACS is a member organisation of the Federation of State Associations which comprise Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA).

Richard Hearn

Mr Richard Hearn Link to external website

Chief Executive Officer of Resthaven

Mr Richard Hearn is the Chief Executive Officer of Resthaven and has worked at that organisation for more than thirty years, actively advocating on behalf of older people. Mr Hearn was awarded the national industry body, Age and Community Services Australia, Individual Award for Excellence for 2009-2010. Resthaven and seven other aged care organisations are pioneering through their involvement in the Innovation Hub Trial, a federal Department of Health initiative.

Ms Jeanette Walters

Ms Jeanette Walters Link to external website

Assistant Director, Office for the Ageing

Ms Jeanette Walters is Assistant Director, Office for the Ageing (OFTA), SA Health. OFTA takes the lead on State Government policy on Ageing, working together with the community and community organisations, other government departments, non-government organisations, local government, the Commonwealth and South Australian Universities to respond to and innovate around the opportunities an older population brings. OFTA also administers the Retirement Villages Act 1987, manages South Australia’s Seniors Card program and has governance of the Aged Care Assessment Program in South Australia. Since Ms Walters has been with OFTA, they have released the Prosperity Through Longevity: South Australia’s Ageing Plan, Our Vision 2014-2019; Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older South Australians 2014-2021 and an accompanying action plan to each of these policy documents.

Dr Chris Bollen

Dr Chris Bollen Link to external website

Faculty Board Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner

Dr Bollen is a Faculty Board Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner. He is currently a member of the Clinical Communications Advisory Group of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. He is a practicing general practitioner at Oakden Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia and also Director of BMP Healthcare Consulting. He has a longstanding passion in relation to care for older people and is currently actively involved in frailty research in primary and aged care.

Dr Chris Bollen

Mr Peter Tsokas Link to external website

Chief Executive Officer, City of Unley

DPeter Tsokas was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Unley in November 2011. Since then Peter has steered the City of Unley to becoming an Age Friendly City. In 2012 the City of Unley became South Australia’s first member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities & Communities. In 2013, Peter led his team to form a partnership with the University of South Australia to develop an Active Ageing Strategy which was officially launched in March 2016. The City of Unley’s Active Ageing Strategy aims to ensure a sincere and committed approach as an organisation to planning, developing and implementing policies, programs and services that address the changing needs within the community.

Professor Julie Owens

Professor Julie Owens

Pro Vice Chancellor Research- University of Adelaide

Professor Julie Owens is the Pro Vice Chancellor Research at the University of Adelaide. Professor Owens was previously the inaugural Head of the School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and earlier, the Head of Discipline of Physiology and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Sciences.

Hossein Afzali

Dr Hossein Hajiali Afzali Link to external website

Research Fellow - Health Economics

Dr Afzali is a Senior Research Fellow (health economics) with expertise in the economic evaluation of health technologies with a focus on the application of decision analytic modelling techniques. I am also a medical doctor (MD) and received my medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He is a member of the Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC) of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) whose role is to advise the Australian government on evidence relating to the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new medical technologies and procedures. Dr Afzali has research expertise in economic evaluation of health technologies, decision analytic modelling for health economic evaluation and is involved in a number of research projects under the supervision of Professor Jon Karnon aiming to improve the decision making process around the funding of health technologies.

Rachel Ambagtsheer

Rachel Ambagtsheer Link to external website

Research Fellow - Frailty, Healthy Ageing, Primary Health Care

Rachel is an Early Career Researcher currently working with Professor Justin Beilby at Torrens University on the issue of frailty screening within general practice, a project of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence: Frailty Trans-Disciplinary Research To Achieve Healthy Ageing, led by Professor Renuka Visvanathan.

Dr Mandy Archibald

Dr. Mandy Archibald

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Knowledge Translation

Dr. Mandy Archibald is an artist and nurse-clinician scientist from Canada. Mandy’s research focuses on using arts-based methods to enhance person’s engagement with health research and to improve the communication of research findings. As the knowledge translation focused postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre of Research Excellence on Frailty, Mandy will work with older adults, frail elders, and health care professionals to assess awareness and understandings of frailty, and communicate research findings from the CRE projects using arts-based knowledge translation methods to alter attitudes, knowledge, and behavior from a person-centered perspective.

Dr Joanne Dollard

Dr Joanne Dollard Link to external website

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Gerontology and Technology

Dr Joanne Dollard is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research). Jo’s background is in psychology and her research experience is focused on health related issues for older people. Jo is research coordinator for the AMBIGeM (Ambient Intelligent Geriatric Management system) clinical trial led by Professor Renuka Visvanathan. She is investigating the potential to prevent falls in hospitalised older people through the use of technology.

Dr Maarit Jaana Korhonen

Ms Sarah HoskingLink to external website 

Pharmacoepidemiology Research Fellow

Sarah Hosking is a Research Fellow within Monash University’s Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS). Sarah’s major research focus to date has been health literacy, having recently undertaken her PhD investigating health literacy and osteoporosis prevention as a student of Deakin University’s Epi-Centre for Healthy Ageing. Currently, Sarah is working with Associate Professor Simon Bell on a project investigating preventable hospitalisations from residential aged care, with a particular focus on falls, and will soon begin work on frailty related research projects.

Agathe Daria Jadczak

Dr Agathe Daria Jadczak Link to external website

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Gerontology and Exercise

Dr Agathe Daria Jadczak holds a postdoctoral position and is currently coordinating the EXPRESS Study (EXercise and PRotein Effectiveness Supplementation Study), a community based intervention study in cooperation with CSIRO. She is investigating the feasibility and the effects of exercise in combination with protein supplementation on physical function in frail older adults. Agathe also continues her research into exercise advice provided by general practitioners and the impact of medical education programs, and will focus on exercise prescription in clinical practice as a strategy to treat, prevent and delay frailty in our community.

Michael Lawless

Dr Michael Lawless 

Research Fellow - Knowledge Translation

Dr Michael Lawlss has joined the Centre as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Nursing under the supervision of Prof Alison Kitson and Dr Mandy Archibald.  Michael completed his PhD at the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide and he has research interests in the areas of dementia risk-prevention, cognitive ageing, critical and qualitative approaches to health and psychological research, and discourse analysis. Michael will be working with the centre for the next year contributing to the ongoing research activities.

Dr Kareeann Khow Sok Fun

Dr Sally Suriani Ahip

Family Physician and PhD Candidate

Dr Ahip is a Malaysian family practitioner who commenced a PhD 2017 under the supervision of CRE in Frailty and Healthy Ageing chief investigator Professor Renuka Visvanathan (University of Adelaide) and associate investigator Dr Olga Theou (Dalhousie University, Canada).  Dr Ahip’s thesis is titled: The Malaysian Pictorial Fit-Frail Scale (M-PFFS): Development and Testing of Feasibility, Validity and Reliability In Malaysia. She is carrying out this research in a number of regions across Malaysia and her work is supported by a Government of Malaysia Scholarship.

Dr Sally Sriani Ahip

Dr Kareeann Khow Sok Fun Link to external website

Geriatrician and PhD Candidate

Dr Khow has completed a MBBS and is undertaking a PhD under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Dr Solomon Yu and Dr Pazhvoor Shibu. She is investigating frailty, hip fractures and health outcomes in older people.

Dr Beatriz Martins

Dr Beatriz Martins Link to external website

Geriatrician and PhD Candidate

Dr Beatriz Martins is a geriatrician pursuing research in the relationships of frailty and the built environment in elderly people from Adelaide, Australia and Nagoya, Japan. Beatriz completed a Bachelor of Medicine, Residency in Internal Medicine and Residency in Geriatrics Medicine at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is the recipient of the Beacon of Enlightenment PhD Scholarship, Nagoya University Joint Award (University of Adelaide) and began her PhD on Physical Activity and Frailty: Exploring Cross- cultural and Neighbourhood Influences in 2016 under supervisors Professor Renuka Visvanathan and Dr Helen Ruth Barrie (Acting Director, Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, University of Adelaide).

Mark Thomspon

Mark Thompson Link to external website

Occupational therapist and PhD Candidate

Mark Thompson is an occupational therapist with extensive experience in ageing and rehabilitation. He is a managing director of Inspire Therapy, a private allied health and therapy service []. Mark's research is focused on the epidemiology of frailty and factors associated with improvement or worsening of frailty status. He also has an interest in evidence informed practice, and Aboriginal healthy ageing. He holds a Master of Public Health, and is currently working towards a Doctor of Philosophy with supervisors  Professor Renuka Visvanathan and Associate Professor Olga Theou (Dalhousie University, Canada).

James Smyth

Dr James Smyth Link to external website

Senior Consultant  - Emergency Medicine and PhD Candidate

James Smyth is an emergency physician who is undertaking research on the potential roles of frailty assessment for nursing home residents transferred to the emergency department in the context of the growing aged population, associated emergencies in residential care facilities and multi-disciplinary care. His PhD supervisor is Professor Renuka Visvanathan.

Dr Anupam Gupta

Dr Anupam Gupta Link to external website

Senior Consultant, Senior Clinical Lecturer and PhD Candidate

Dr Anupam Gupta is a Senior Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine with The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and has been a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Adelaide for the past 8 years. He is currently undertaking a PhD on 'Lower limb spasticity and dystonia' under the supervision of Professor Renuka Visvanathan, Professor Simon Koblar and Professor Ian Cameron.

Nina Wiltshire

Nina Wiltshire

G-TRAC Administration Support Officer

Nina has a background in recruitment, quality assurance and administration and has previously worked for a large community health organisation working as an EA to the CEO and the Executive Director of Primary Health. She provides administrative support to the centre.

Leonie Baker

Leonie Baker Link to external website

CRE Manager

Leonie is the centre manager providing research and administrative support for the Centre. She has a background in molecular biology and worked as a researcher in surgical, immunology and population health research before becoming a CRE and Program Grant Manager in public health with UniSA and a Research Manager at SAHMRI.

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